The Tsao Gallery at the Davis Art Center has become the epicenter of environmental art in Davis this week, with not one but two separate exhibits highlighting the merging of the two.
Junk 2 Genius art has been on display since the annual team competition earlier this month, and now a teen eco-art exhibit, curated by Davis teen Elizabeth Kubey, has been added to the gallery.
The eco-art exhibit features almost 40 pieces of art by students from Davis and Da Vinci high schools. The public is invited to come view the art at a reception Saturday from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Art Center, 1919 F St. Entry is free and refreshments will be served.
For Kubey, a senior at Davis High, curating the exhibit meant merging her own two biggest passions — art and the environment — and earning her Girl Scout Gold Award in the process.
She had been leaning toward an environmental project for her Gold Award, she said, when her sister, who lives in New York, sent her an article about a teenager there who had curated a teen art exhibit.
“I thought, ‘I can do that!’ ” Kubey explained.
She started putting out the word over the summer to friends and fellow students, inviting them to create artwork that confronts today’s environmental issues, capturing everything from the beauty of nature to the importance of recycling, reusing and reducing waste.
She stepped up the promotion once school started and by the time her deadline rolled around, she had nearly 50 pieces of art submitted by teens around town. She narrowed the collection down to about 40 for the exhibit.
“I had no idea how many I would get,” Kubey said. “And I was really excited about the response.”
Every artist who submitted work has at least one piece on display, and some have two or three. Teens Luke Hampton and Anders Young, for example, both have several photos on display, while multimedia artist Nate Tiangco, 17, has three unusual pieces.
On Saturday, Kubey said, “The whole community is invited to come enjoy the art and think about the environment.”
Any donations received will go toward encouraging recycling at the high school, possibly by providing permanent recycling containers at the school’s new stadium, Kubey said.
A number of people in the community were of great assistance to Kubey in creating the exhibit.
Davis Art Center executive director Erie Vitiello “was very helpful,” Kubey said, and more than happy to provide space for the eco-art.
Davis High art teacher Lynette Diem provided Kubey with mats for the hanging artwork and Kubey’s mom, Maki Kubey — who doubles as her Girl Scout adviser — was instrumental as well.
Meanwhile, students in Davis High’s peer helping and environmental clubs also have helped out and will be on hand to assist during the reception.
— Reach Anne Ternus-Bellamy at firstname.lastname@example.org or (530) 747-8051.