Enjoying, Retrieving and Protecting Nature
As oceans rise, land sinks, floods wash in and out, we treasure nature more every day, even as we seek ways to rise above the waters.
St. Bernard Parish, first settled in the 18th century by Spanish from Spain and the Canary Islands, has evolved from an agrarian community with fishing villages and hunting outposts, to embrace the fossil fuel industry, and now, increasingly the creative and technological industries. Artists, oil refinery workers, fishermen, students and other citizens are sitting at the same table to create new strategies for a sustainable quality of life here on the edge of the gulf, or for seeking higher ground.
Tina Freeman’s dramatic photography captures the ambitious intervention St. Bernardians have designed to replenish fresh water into marshes burned by increasing levels of salt water. Using recycled water, they are cleaning it through a huge water treatment plant, and allowing it to flow into the surrounding marshes. Tina offers portraits of the plant
Allison Stewart’s nature-based abstract mixed media paintings evoke the beauty of our region’s bayous, or old river tributaries.
Jacqueline Bishop sees nature through birds’ eyes, capturing their flight, life in the trees, and fragile future in a large scale mural, and more intimate views of our avian cousins.
Crevasse 22 | River House is located about 25 minutes downriver from the French Quarter, at 8122 Saro Lane in Poydras Louisiana, in one of South Louisiana’s most beautiful natural settings, surrounded by majestic live oaks laced with hanging Spanish Moss, and home to migrating pelicans, egrets, cormorants and numerous other bird species. It is the perfect setting for calling our attention to the beauty and threats of nature. The site of a crevasse in the river in 1922 that flooded the whole parish, it now beckons visitors to see nature through the eyes of artists, and take heed for our future. Thus, this site, and St. Bernard Parish, is harbingers for coastal futures around the globe.
Living with Climate Change is on view now by appointment at the River House at 8122 Saro Lane in Poydras, Louisiana, about 25 minutes downriver from the French Quarter. Also on view are the sketches and models for the ModGun designed by artist Robert Tannen with a further permutation in collaboration with architect Frank Gehry. Call 504.218.4807 to schedule a visit.
A collection of portraits by regional artists, “Spirit of the People of St. Bernard” is also on view in the River House.
Also on view in the adjacent sculpture garden, Crevasse 22, is a prototype for the Modgun. Other sculpture works relate to the risks and beauty of nature.