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

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Photos from Terry Sargent Peart’s show at Sightline November 2, 2010

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Terry Sargent Peart’s artwork in the show “State of the Urban Landscape” at Sightline Institute

 

Terry Sargent Peart’s art hanging in the lobby of the Sightline Institute office in downtown Seattle

 

Terry Sargent Peart’s art hanging in the lobby of the Sightline Institute office in downtown Seattle

 

“Spokane #3” acrylic on canvas 10″ x 8″ by Terry Sargent Peart

 

“Spokane #2” acrylic on canvas 10″ x 8″ by Terry Sargent Peart

 

Terry Sargent Peart’s art hanging in the lobby of the Sightline Institute office in downtown Seattle

 

“State of the Urban Landscape” by Terry Sargent Peart September 17, 2010

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"17th & Roxbury" acrylic on canvas 30" x 20" by Terry Sargent Peart

Now on display in Sightline Institute‘s downtown office until the end of October is the exhibit “State of the Urban Landscape,” a series of 17 acrylic paintings by Terry Sargent Peart. From vacant buildings to freeway buttresses, many of Terry’s subjects are views we may wish to ignore or deny. With her strength in line, color, and depth of field, she forces us to look, and ultimately see beauty in these structures.

Now a dispatcher for King County, Terry was a full-time truck driver for 25 years, and many of her paintings are evidence of being inspired by the view from the cab of her truck. She says that she “enjoys the play of light and shadow on the ever-present cement structures found in urban settings.”

Terry constantly carries a sketchbook and camera with her, never knowing when inspiration will strike, whether it’s catching moments in coffee shops through gesture drawings, creating sophisticated figure drawings, or doodling that becomes future experiments in paint, fabric, and/or printing.

Yes, not only does Terry paint and draw, but she makes prints on her own full-size printing press, dyes her own fabric, and makes quilts! Recently she has started to combine her media interests into unique mixed-media pieces. Follow these pursuits on her blog. A recent post describes the process of dyeing fabric with blackberries.

Terry currently lives in West Seattle with her husband, furnituremaker Darrell Peart, and their Jack Russell terrier. Though she often explores urbanity in her artwork, Terry, like most native Washingtonians, savors the natural wonders of the area. Walking her dog and bicycling give her many opportunities to do so.

To view her art at Sightline, visit the office between 10am and 3pm on weekdays through the end of October. All but one of the works are available for purchase. Contact Terry directly at peart (at) comcast (dot) net with sales inquiries.

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

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

Self-portrait of Terry, acrylic on canvas