February at Marlinton Middle School, Levine, and son Julian assisting, worked with art teacher Margaret Baker and her students to make a large-scale sculptural installation, as cornucopia that fell to earth. The sculpture, made from harvested plant material, will be fitted with a bench on the inside and growing beneficial plants will inhabit the form. Funding came from WV Commission on the Arts and many Pocahontas County groups.
In April, Levine was at West Virginia Wesleyan College as environmental artist-in-residence to lead a campus-wide sculptural installation project reflecting on the waste stream, using recycled materials, for IMPACT Day. It was fast, fun and great outcomes ensued.
Later that April, Alderson Elementary School hosted Levine as artist-in-residence, to create a nest sculpture overlooking the native plant rain garden. Anna Osborne spearheaded the project, as one part of a many-headed sustainability initiative. The nest is made from harvested plant material and is just the right size for two kids to get inside and have a chat about the pollinators. A classroom component on pollinator architects was quite smashing. Thanks One Foundation and WV Commission on the Arts for providing financial support.
Acme Art Studios in Wilmington, NC was a great place for an installation residency in May. Collaborating with the fantastic Cheryl Casteen, we debuted a first version of ‘2 B a BEE’, a gallery installation that invites the viewer to explore pollination from a bee’s perspective. Gallery goers responded with much wonderment and delight.
Performance artist Pat Oleszko came to our art center in June to collaborate on an impromptu performance piece about local environmental issues. Titled ‘The Creeps and Charismatics of Charlatan, West Virginia’, much antic, artful, well-dressed engagement occurred and we await the resulting video product. The Levine Family Foundation helped with this project- big thanks!
Also in June, we hosted a group of artists to make sculptural installations in the Spicebush Run Refuge landscape. 7 artists, Carla Beaudet, Christiane Graham, Michelle Kelly, Cate Bennett, Aaron Chantrill and I, over 10 days made some beautiful work that honors these lovely Appalachian woods.