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Come to the library for a special unveiling on Saturday, August 27.
World renowned artist and Corvallis resident, Peter Erskine, will unveil his most recent installation at a community event on Saturday, August 27, from 2 to 5 pm at the Corvallis-Benton County Public Library. The event will include kids’ activities, music, film, solar exhibits, refreshments, and more.
Peter Erskine’s solar environmental art is based on three big ideas:
- Sunlight is energy
- All life is solar powered
- Everything is connected to everything else
In Erskine’s art, our sun is not only the subject matter of the work, but the medium and energy source as well. The sunlight-powered display uses prisms to project rainbows that move and change as the sun moves through the sky. Installed above the library’s front entrance, the display will paint the library foyer with color and serve as a reminder of the power of the sun.
Erskine’s art has been viewed and enjoyed around the world. Upon experiencing Erskine’s solar art, Jonas Salk, MD, inventor of the first polio vaccine, stated, “The rainbow is a very deep memory for humans. It has been coded into our genetic material over millions of years. Seeing a rainbow restores our connection to Nature—it restores our physical and psychic functions.” Erskine hopes this aspect of his art will fuel local environmental efforts like Take Charge Corvallis, the effort to win the $5 million Georgetown University Energy Prize, and Harvest Sunshine, the 5-year campaign to more than double the amount of solar installed on Corvallis rooftops.
About the Artist
In 1989, Peter Erskine created a new Solar Spectrum Environmental Art medium called Secrets of the Sun: Millennial Meditations (S.O.S.). S.O.S. is about the beauty and dangers of Sunlight: the beauty of the rainbow and the horrors of global warming, ozone depletion and mass species extinction. Like the beauty of the rainbow, this new art medium has universal appeal.
In addition to permanent installations in five countries, Erskine has exhibited Secrets of the Sun in the ancient Roman Forum, Berlin’s Kongresshalle, and Los Angeles’ historic Union Station. His Solar Rainbow Paintings can be seen in hospitals, railways, libraries, ancient Roman sites, museums, police and fire stations, commercial buildings, environmental centers—and homes, in Europe and North America.
Erskine’s Solar Spectrum Environmental Art has received broad coverage in the global media including seven magazine cover stories in four languages, over 150 articles in magazines and newspapers, and six global satellite broadcasts. TV and radio stories featuring Secrets of the Sun have been broadcast in over 150 countries.
For more information, please visit the links below:
Sponsors of the event:
Corvallis-Benton County Public Library, Corvallis Sustainability Coalition, 350.org/Corvallis, Seeds for the Sol, Corvallis Environmental Center, The Arts Center, La Escuelita, and the OSU Pride Center.
Don’t miss great presentations, networking, and more!
A diverse mix of local sustainability efforts will be highlighted at the Corvallis Sustainability Coalition’s next Quarterly Gathering on Friday, July 29, from 12 noon to 1:30 p.m. at the Corvallis-Benton County Public Library. The gathering will feature brief presentations by two Coalition partners, one Coalition action team, and our student interns. The public is invited.
Presentations by Steve Starcevich of Seeds for the Sol and Ryan McCambridge of Linn Benton Food Share will highlight what their organizations are doing to help create a sustainable community – environmentally, socially, and economically. Lani Beavers, Intern Program Coordinator/Supervisor for the Sustainability Coalition, will introduce three OSU interns who will tell about the work they’re doing with the Coalition this summer. There will also be a presentation by Owen Dell of the Coalition’s Food Action Team, which has just launched two new projects.
The gathering will include an opportunity for networking and information sharing by attendees, as well as delicious local refreshments from First Alternative Co-op. The July gathering is sponsored by Coalition partner Republic Services.
For more information, email email@example.com, or call 541-230-1237.
Free guided tours of gardens with edible landscaping.
Last year over 100 community members participated in our free walking tours of food-producing front yard gardens in Corvallis and Philomath. This year we are also including backyards and community gardens.
Tours stop at several gardens, where each resident will give a brief overview of their garden — how they transformed the space, selected what to plant, and overcame any challenges. Between presentations there is time for questions and exploration. The cycling tour covers a greater distance and focuses on community gardens.
Summer 2016 Tours
Thursday, August 4, 6–8 pm
Meet at Philomath Community Garden
Southwest of Hwy 20 & S 9th St intersection
Thursday, August 18, 6–8 pm
Meet at 944 SW 11th St, Corvallis, OR
Saturday, August 27, 9 am–12 pm
(optional long ride 12–1 pm)
Meet at Starker Arts Park parking lot
4485 SW Country Club Dr, Corvallis, OR
A 3.5 mile round-trip bike ride followed by refreshments. Daring participants may opt for an additional 7.5 mile ride at noon to visit the newest Corvallis garden addition—Willamette Community Garden.
2016 Edible Garden Tour brochure >
For more information: firstname.lastname@example.org or 541-230-1237
Sponsored by the Food Action Team’s Garden Group and Bountiful Backyard. Our goal is to encourage residents to consider edible plants as an option when they landscape their yards, thereby increasing home food production in our community. In addition to fostering greater self-reliance, we hope to involve more people in the joys and health benefits of edible gardening: regular exercise, fresh air, healthful and delicious food, and a sense of connection to the neighborhood—and to the earth!
Let us know if you’d like us to feature your garden on a future tour!
We’ve launched a 5-year campaign to accelerate the development of solar energy in Corvallis.
Find out about safer alternatives to hazardous cleaning products and get DIY green cleaning recipes.
Join the 9th annual creek tour on June 4th by bike or trolley!
- Did you know that “Dunawi” means wise, elderly woman?
- Did you know that the Oregon Chub fish removed from the federal threatened and endangered list has been found in Dunawi Creek – in Corvallis?
- Did you know that the first effort to regenerate a historical, lost creek is in the Dunawi Creek watershed?
- Did you know that most of Dunawi Creek is really two creeks?
- Do you know this special place along Dunawi Creek shown in this picture? You go by it often. You just never noticed it.
- Did you know that the most southern hilltop drainage feed to Dunawi Creek, now referred to as “Country Club Hill” used to be called “Oak Butte” and later “Wiegand Hill”?
- Did you know that Dunawi Creek with the most extensive wetlands in the City is our best hope for a healthy stream system?
If you go on the upcoming Dunawi Creek tour, you will know all of this and more…
Dunawi Creek “Branches of Life Tour”
Saturday, June 4, 2016
1:00 – 4:00 pm
This tour is free and open to the public. You can participate in the group bike ride or you can take the City Trolley. The bike riders will see much more of Dunawi Creek and its special places along a 4-mile ride. The trolley riders get a more pampered “Disneyland experience” with four special stops along the way.
To register and receive the starting location, contact Heath Keirstead at email@example.com or call her at (541) 753.7208.
Register today! Trolley seats are VERY limited.
Find out from community members how easy it is get around without a car.
Save money, improve your health, and have more time to relax! That will be the message of a special workshop on Thursday, May 19, at 7:00 pm at the Madison Avenue Meeting Room (corner of 5th and Madison, across from City Hall).
A panel featuring Corvallis community members will discuss the rewards, challenges, and ins-and-outs of active transportation in Corvallis and beyond. Panelists are all experienced in travelling car-free, and each will have a special focus such as getting around by bus, bike, or foot. Workshop panelists will also display tools such as rain gear, cold weather gear, and bike equipment that make active transportation a lot easier.
The workshop will emphasize the many benefits to travelling car-free:
- Cost savings – Getting there another way costs far less than travelling by car. Compare your costs at www.rideshareonline.com/commuters/calculator.html. Riding a bike costs pennies per day, and Corvallis buses are fareless.
- Health – Active transportation is part of a healthy lifestyle and helps you arrive at your destination more alert and invigorated.
- Time – Commute time on the bus or a shared ride becomes free time to read, rest, or catch up, if you’re not driving.
There will be plenty of time for audience questions, and participants will have an opportunity to plan when and how they would like to travel without getting in a car.
This workshop is sponsored by the Transportation Action Team of the Corvallis Sustainability Coalition and is part of “Get There!” – a series of events and activities May 2-22 to inform the community of transportation options. “Get There!” is a program of the City of Corvallis and Cascades West RideShare. By tracking their car-free trips, community members will be eligible to win prizes.
For details about the Active Transportation workshop, call 541-230-1237 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Come for a hike, walk, workshop or lecture. There’s something for everyone!
Join us for great presentations and networking opportunities!
A diverse mix of local sustainability efforts will be highlighted at the Corvallis Sustainability Coalition’s next Quarterly Gathering on Tuesday, April 26, from 12 noon to 1:30 p.m. at the Corvallis-Benton County Public Library. The gathering will feature brief presentations by three Coalition partners and one Coalition action team. The public is invited.
Presentations by Larry Desaulniers of Peak Sports and Emily Stimac of The Thyme Garden will highlight sustainable products and practices at their businesses. Kate Mathews and Pat Smythe will share what the OSU Folk Club Thrift Shop is doing to help create a sustainable community – environmentally, socially, and economically. There will also be a presentation by Mac Gillespie and Diana Rohlman of the Coalition’s Health and Human Services Action Team, which launched a Green Cleaning campaign earlier this month.
Energize Corvallis will give a free LED light bulb to everyone who attends. Help Corvallis win the $5 million Georgetown University Energy Prize by replacing an incandescent bulb with your new LED. Every action counts!
The gathering will include an opportunity for networking and information sharing by attendees, as well as delicious local refreshments from First Alternative Co-op. The April gathering is sponsored by Coalition partner Holmwell Software.
For more information, email email@example.com, or call 541-230-1237.