'Daughters of Earth' opens Jan. 7

The New Year opens with "Daughters of Earth: In Our Hands" a show at the Columbia Art Center celebrating wisdom, compassion, courage, resilience, and hope. Five artists have combined their diverse talents to create a collaborative installation that invites the viewer to join international conversations about water and food security, and quality of life.

Opening reception is on Friday, Jan. 7. The public is invited to attend an artist talk in the theater at 5:30 p.m.

Thirteen women were selected to be featured as "Daughters of the Earth" for this show. This selection was made to feature women of all ages, cultures and social classes: Maria Huananay of Peru: Kitchen worker; Peregrina Kusse Viza of Bolivia: educator; Hyun, Ai-Ja of South Korea: orchardist; Vandana Shiva of India: scientist; Helena Norberg Hodge of England (b. Sweden): University professor; Chrissy Swain of Canada: mother, youth leader; Marian Kramer of United States: Social worker; Diana Lopez of United States: Urban Gardener; Jennifer Hall- Massey of United States: bank analyst; Christina Ora of Solomon Islands: high school student; Tsering Dolma Gyaltung of China: Tibetan activist in exile; Eve Bettu Geddec of Ethiopia: farmer; Centolia Maldonado of Mexico: Weaver.

Janet Essley's iconic portraits of 13 women give names and faces to the Daughters of Earth. Designs and landscapes imbedded in the paintings reveal the narrative of their efforts to honor and equitably share the bounty of Mother Earth.

Life-cast artist Peny Wallace brings these global issues into local focus using Gorge residents as models to inspire her sculptures, combining cast hands and objects shown in the paintings, to create a combined narrative of the Daughters of Earth and the Daughters of the Gorge.

The models featured in the castings are: Ben Bracher, Karen Murphy, Peg Wooten, Linda Short, Trish Leighton, Susan Crowley, Suzi Conklin, Judi Kane, Julia Zweerts-Brownsfoot, Janet Essley, Mary Schlick, Lucile Wyers, Teri Schurheck, Dr. Kelley Eden, Corie Lahr, Theresa North and Rory Krehbiel.

Cathy Stever's 13 fused glass artworks evoke the 13 moons of the lunar calendar, giving contemporary meanings to our collective need for healthy and accessible water and food sources.

Sustainability assumes an intergenerational stewardship of Earth. Mother-Daughter artists Julia Zweerts Brownfoot and Judi Kane encourage viewers to take the narratives into the world through their functional art. Zweerts Brownfoot's magical and delicate hand painted bowls depicting the art and culture of the 13 women reminds us of beauty of Earth while we nourish our bodies. Kane commemorates the 13 women by illustrating design and idea through fiber and beads on pad-folios and medicine bags. Use the pad-folios to hold note or drawing pads or tuck your precious mementos securely inside either.

For more information, please call Columbia Center for the Arts at 541-387-8877 during Center hours, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. or visit www.ColumbiaArts.org.

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Welcome to your sing-able Christmas gift list. What follows is an emergency rendition of “12 Days of Christmas” – for outfitting your home or car in case of snow storm, earthquake, flood or other emergency. Read it as a simple list, or sing it to the tune of “12 Days” – you know, as in “ … and a partridge in a pear tree…” Not to make light of it, but the song is a familiar framework for a set of gift ideas that you could consider gathering together, even if the recipient already owns items such as a bunch of coats, tire chains and flashlights. Stores throughout the Gorge are stocked up on all these items. Buying all 12 days might be prohibitive, but here are three ideas for checking any of the dozen off your list (notations follow, 1-12.) The gift items needed to stay warm, dry and safe are also coded to suggest items in your abode (A) in your car (C) or both (B). 12 Gallons of Water (A) 11 Family meals (B) 10 Cans of propane (A) 9 Hygiene bags (B) 8 Packs of batteries (A) 7 Spare coats (B) 6 Bright red flares (C) 5 Cozy blankets (B) 4 Tire chains (C) 3 Flashlights (B) 2 cell phone chargers (B) 1 And a crush-proof first aid kit (B) Price ranges? Here’s a few quotes for days Three, Two, Four and Nine: n A family gift of flashlights (three will run $15-30, Hood River Supply, Tum-A-Lum) n Cell phone chargers (two will run $30-60) n Tire chains (basic set, $30, Les Schwab, returnable if unused for the winter) n Family meals ($100 or so should cover the basics for three or four reasonably well-fed days) n The home kit should be kept in a handy place near an exit, and remember that water needs to be replenished every few months. If you have a solid first aid kit already, switch out the gift idea with “and-a-sto-o-u-t- tub-for it-all …” Otherwise, it’s a case of assembling your home or car kits and making sure all members of the family know what the resources are and how to use them (ie flares and propane). Emergency situations are at worst life-threatening, at best deeply uncomfortable if you and your family are left without power for an extended period, or traveling and find yourself in a situation where you need to wait out a storm, lengthy traffic delay, or other crisis. Notes on the 12 gift ideas: 12 – Gallons of water: that’s one per person in a four-member family to last for three days, the recommended minimum to be prepared for utility outages. 11 – Easy-open packaged goods, energy bars, dried food and nuts are good things to include for nutrition. Think of what your family of four needs for three days to stay fortified and hydrated (see number 12). Can-opener also recommended 10 – If you have a propane camping stove, keep extra fuel handy. 9 – Hygiene bags: put packaged moistened towelettes, toilet paper, and plastic ties in large garbage bags (for personal sanitation) Resource list courtesy of Hood River County Emergency Management, Barbara Ayers, manager/ 541-386-1213. The county also reminds residents to Get a Kit, Make A Plan to connect your family if separated, and Stay Informed. See www.co.hood-river.or.us to opt-in for citizen alerts. Enlarge

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