Art and Sustainability

"Why should we think upon things that are lovely? Because thinking determines life. It is a common habit to blame life upon the environment. Environment modifies life but does not govern life. The soul is stronger than its surroundings." –William James (1842-1910), American philosopher and psychologist

Thank you! December 7, 2011

14 shows. 15 artists. Over 220 works of art. 2 1/2 years. Thank you, Sightline Institute, for a wonderful opportunity to combine three of my passions: art, sustainability, and community. Thank you to all of the artists who showed their amazing work. And thank you to all of you viewers and readers who have expressed appreciation about that work. It’s been a fabulous experience. Stay tuned to see how this Art & Sustainability website evolves.

Becky Brooks
Volunteer Curator for the “Art & Sustainability” series of art shows at Sightline Institute


Photos from Chris Cantu’s show at Sightline September 5, 2011

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Chris Cantu’s “Pastorale’s Edge” series of acrylic paintings hanging in the lobby of the Sightline Institute office in downtown Seattle


“Pastoral” 22″ x 24″ acrylic on canvas by Chris Cantu


“Cow-templation” 12″ x 9″ acrylic on canvas by Chris Cantu


Chris Cantu’s art hanging in the lobby of the Sightline Institute office in downtown Seattle


Chris Cantu’s art hanging in the lobby of the Sightline Institute office in downtown Seattle


The view of Chris Cantu’s “Pastorale’s Edge” show from the hallway


See more of Chris’s artwork here.


“Pastorale’s Edge” by Chris Cantu July 26, 2011

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"Blue Colt" acrylic on canvas, 18”x24” by Chris Cantu

For the thirteenth show in our “Art & Sustainability” series at Sightline Institute, we are pleased to present “Pastorale’s Edge” by Edmonds artist Chris Cantu. Fourteen acrylic paintings featuring pastoral scenes in illuminating combinations of both fantastical and realistic colors are now on view through the beginning of September.

Paintings by Chris put a smile on your face. Without romanticizing them, she expresses both joy and respect for animals in the countryside by confidently using bold colors and textures. Her quirky humor sheds a unique light on her subjects, whether it be a contemplative cow or a fish cooking on a grill. She says:

More than line, form, or composition, it has always been color that provided me a pathway to artistic expression. I seek to heighten and “liberate color from realism,” in the words of one of my art heroes, Henri Matisse. Color is life and thus carries great emotional weight for all of us, and so I have used it here to communicate my response to the natural world and especially animals. I invite you into a world where color speaks volumes, no matter if the subject matter is a smart-aleck rabbit, a meditative cow, or a landscape.

Originally from Kansas City, Missouri, Chris has called the Pacific Northwest home for over twenty five years. She received a BA in Art from the University of Washington and has continued her artistic journey through more coursework at the UW, as well as at Pratt Fine Arts Center and Gage Academy of Art. She credits teaching artists Julia Hensley, Rickie Wolfe, and Will Bonner for helping her along her current path. A frequent participating artist in both the Edmonds Art Studio Tour and the Edmonds Arts Festival, Chris has also been featured in a number of juried shows in the Puget Sound Region and in Missouri. Her artwork can be found at Fraker/Scott Gallery in Pioneer Square of downtown Seattle.

To view Chris’s art at Sightline, visit the office between 10am and 3pm on weekdays through the beginning of September. All works are available for purchase; some may also be purchased as prints. Contact Chris directly at 2cantu (at) comcast (dot) net.

Sightline Institute
1402 Third Ave,
Fifth Floor, Suite 500
Seattle, WA
206-447-1880 ext. 100

What thoughts about sustainability are inspired by Chris’s art (and by art in general)? Share yours in a comment.