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Artists Explore the Power of Water at Upcoming Zuccaire Gallery Exhibition

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Alicia Grullón, “7 Stories About Water” (video still), multichannel video installation
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Erin Genia, “Earthling” (detail)

“Connecting the Drops: The Power of Water” will be on display at the Staller Center’s Zuccaire Gallery from July 21 through October 29, bringing together seven women artists whose work focuses on environmental justice and the vital importance of water. In sculpture, drawing, beadwork, video stories and a computer game, artists Lillian Ball, Betsy Damon, Erin Genia, Alicia Grullón, Courtney M. Leonard, Mary Mattingly and Jaanika Peerna explore topics such as the Shinnecocks’ historical ties to water and oyster farming, community access to clean water, rising ocean levels and melting glaciers, carbon absorption by the oceans, and personal narratives around water.

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Betsy Damon, “The Primary Motion of Water is the Vortex,” ink drawing

The exhibition features a sculptural work with live plants, a room-sized interactive video game, drawings created with charcoal and melting ice, beadwork based in indigenous practice, and videos of water stories, among other work. All seven artists are internationally recognized and committed to making a positive impact on the environment and their communities.

“Connecting the Drops: The Power of Water” includes an illustrated brochure with an introductory essay by Erica Cirino, a Long Island-based science writer, artist and activist, as well as a conversation with the seven artists about their work and collaborations. 


July 21 to 30: Open every evening of the Stony Brook Film Festival.

Reception: Saturday, July 30, 6 pm to 8 pm

August 22 to October 29: Monday to Friday, 12 pm to 4 pm and evenings of Staller Center performances and films.

Email to schedule a visit outside of regular hours.

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Jaanika Peerna, “Ice Memory” (artist inserting ice into melting chamber), water soluble pigment pencil

For more information, please call (631) 632-7240 or visit the Gallery website. 

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