“Two Rivers-Two Lands” has taken on a life of its own since Lew Wilson started photographing two endangered north Florida rivers in the fall of 2002. As he flowed with the project, it led him to photograph and paint national rivers. He exhibited the series in Florida’s Cultural Learning Arts Program last year and has received two national corporate grants in hopes that his project will help increase awareness about our fragile environment.DreamsI am involved in a major undertaking with a project called “Two Rivers-Two Lands.” It focuses on two endangered rivers in northern Florida. The project is a combination of hand-painted, black-and-white photographs, plein-air paintings, color prints and straight black-and-white photographs.I want to schedule three national, nonprofit, formal viewing events because I believe that the fine arts can make a difference to young and old alike in taking care of the Earth.
Why do art?If I can make the difference in this world we live in and in someone’s life, then it is all the more worthwhile in doing it. Hopefully, in some small way, I can make a difference in taking care of our environment through what my art portrays.What do you convey through art? Reverence to a fragile terrain that human kind is a part of. I also try to convey that the arts can somehow make a difference. Challenge
My biggest challenge is to get “Two Rivers-Two Lands” in a national collection.It has been a walk of faith for a decade. “Two Rivers-Two Lands” has taken on its own life with me simply being its instrument. At times I’ve hardly had enough resources to continue the work.AccomplishmentMy works have served our country in special events on an international level. By grace, one of my works from my Florida Everglades series has been in the Denver Art Museum’s permanent contemporary collections. That was pretty much my saving spirit during this 10-year odyssey with the Colorado landscape that finally gave birth to “Two Rivers-Two Lands.” Staying freshI like making a difference in people’s lives and serving others.
People have sometimes taken months to track me down simply to express how much my artwork has been a special part of their lives. This has been a witness especially during the times of life when all the props get pushed out from under me; it helps me – and them – find a spiritual quality of peace. This has kept me going more than anything, along with faith and my God-given talent of serving others.- Kimberly NicolettiAnything else?I hope through this effort people will support artists who are trying to make a difference through their artwork. I can recall a remark by Dianne Vanderlip as then-curator of contemporary art at the Denver Art Museum’s 100th birthday: “If it were not for the artists, none of us would be here today.” – Kimberly Nicoletti
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