People and Nature in the NJ Pinelands National Reserve
A Collaborative Vision of the Princeton Photography Club and Pinelands Preservation Alliance
The Princeton Photography Club (PPC) in collaboration with the Pinelands Preservation Alliance (PPA) has started a two-year project that will premiere in January 2020 as an exhibition at The Lakefront Gallery, RW Johnson Hospital, Hamilton, NJ. The exhibit will include mixed media, descriptive writings, poetry, and maps to accompany and tell the stories of these images within the 1.1 million acres of the Pinelands National Reserve (Pinelands).
The term mixed media signifies that there will be a selection of artwork in different media (i.e. photography, paintings, 2-D art...) allowing for the creation of one cohesive exhibit. To this end, any form of art that is able to hang on a gallery wall will be considered. Approximately 80 pieces will be accepted.
The vision for “Thriving Together” is to create an exhibition that it will highlight the beauty and natural gifts that have been made possible by enforcing protections in sensitive areas, as well as, bring attention to how nature can sustain itself and all of us through continued protections and sustainable goals.
Since the Pinelands is such a large and diverse area, we now refer to the following four areas as the framework for our exhibition in 2020 to highlight the range of possible “Thriving Together” topics:
1) Preserved Areas,
2) Towns, Villages, Farmland, and Industry,
3) Life Along the Coast, and,
4) Beneath It All: The Kirkwood-Cohansey Aquifer.
The range of artistic content that the curators want to see is very broad.
All artists are encouraged to Submit Images that tell a story about what connects them to the Pinelands.
Find a topic(s) that speaks to you and share it by submitting entries into the PPC drop-box. The submission of images for consideration into the exhibition is free and open to the public until the deadline for submission on July 28, 2019. The submission process is the same for everyone. All photographic images that are accepted into the show will be printed and framed by the PPC thanks to generous donations by its supporters.
30% of all sales proceeds will be divided evenly between the RWJ Hamilton Auxiliary, which is an extraordinary volunteer organization that raises funds for the hospital through a variety of events and activities, the Princeton Photography Club, and the Pinelands Preservation Alliance.
After the premiere of the exhibit, "Thriving Together: People and Nature in the NJ Pinelands National Preserve" may then become a traveling exhibit throughout New Jersey.
The PPC and PPA periodically arrange guided tours to help photographers explore various locations around the Pinelands. Dates of the tours are periodically announced by the PPC by email to everyone on their distribution list. The PPA has regularly scheduled tours that can be booked with its Pinelands Adventures team of guides and educators. PPC members are also encouraged to self-initiate trips into the Pinelands.