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May 2

Gallery opening reception/ Plant Bully Watercolor exchange

May 2 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm EDT


As part of the “Gifts of Time, Space, & Attention” project, Inna Alesina is offering to paint an original watercolor commissioned by participants in exchange for their removal of a non-native invasive plant from their property.
This offer is exclusively available during Inna Alesina’s exhibit at the Alchemy of Art from May 2nd to June 2nd, 2024.
To participate in Plant Bullies watercolor exchange:
• Identify a non-native invasive plant on your property (preferably a shrub or vine).
Important: Send a picture to ialesina@stevenson.edu for confirmation and
suggestions on removal techniques.
• Make arrangements to either bring the removed plant to the gallery or send
before/after pictures.
•The commissioned original watercolor will depict one plant of your choice.
• Limit: one watercolor per family.
• Artwork needs to be picked up by the show’s closing on June 2nd, 2024.
About Gifts of Time, Space, & Attention:
For a future world with novel ecosystems, diminished in diversity and scope by human action, Gifts of Time, Space & Attention (GTSA) offer speculative objects as tools for exploration into new rituals and practices for healing the land, our more-than-human community, and ourselves.

In 2023, the state of Connecticut reported that 53% of its forest understory was comprised of non-native plants, which crowd out native plants and all life that relies on them. And, according to the U.S. Northeast Climate Adaptation Science Center, the Northeast is projected to be a hot spot for highly destructive, invasive plants. Since I live in Maryland, examining this assault on our fragile web of life seemed worthy of speculative dreaming to imagine a different eventuality.


May 2
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm EDT