Call for geo-artists

The art of rock: After the success of Geo sapiens I, Two Wall Gallery in Vashon, Washington has put out a call to geo-artists to enter their artwork in Geo sapiens II.
The art of rock: After the success of Geo sapiens I, Two Wall Gallery in Vashon, Washington has put out a call to geo-artists to enter their artwork in Geo sapiens II.Courtesy Mark Ryan
Last year's first ever geology-based art show at the Two Wall Gallery in Vashon, Washington was so successful, there's now a second one in the making. Greg Wessel, the geologist-artist behind Geo sapiens I, has put out a call for submissions for Geo sapiens II to be held this coming September at the same location. Here's some info from Wessel's recent email announcement:

“This is an announcement for a call for entries for our follow-on show, Geo sapiens II, to be shown September, 2010. Works in all media are invited from earth/space scientists and earth/space science students of all flavors, including such persons as geophysicists, geochemists, astronomers, oceanographers, spelunkers, environmental scientists, and of course all types of geologists, retired, employed, unemployed, or previously employed, as well as mining engineers, petroleum engineers, and geological engineers. If you’ve got a geoscience background of any type, you qualify. Artworks can incorporate geologic principles, picture geologic features or landscapes, be made of earth materials, or represent abstractly earth or space issues or topics. You be the judge.”

Last year's show featured entries from nearly 50 geoscientists and students from across the US, Canada, the UK, France, Australia, New Zealand, Slovenia, and Okinawa. The artwork ranged from painting, etching, sculpture, and fiber art, to photography, block printing, pencil drawings, stained glass and stone mosaics.

You can see all the artwork and Opening Night pictures from Geo sapiens I (including a piece I entered (and sold!)) at Two Wall Gallery's website.

Participants in last year's show can enter Geo sapiens II as long as it's something new. I know I'll be entering again this year. If any other geo-artists out there would like to enter something as well, contact co-curator Greg Wessel at [email protected] or call 206-250-2222 and he'll send a prospectus your way. Entries are accepted until July 15, 2010.

Your Comments, Thoughts, Questions, Ideas

ARTiFactor's picture
ARTiFactor says:

With a little effort I found one of Mark Ryan's photos.
Did you shoot the canyon photo in this post (if so how)?

posted on Fri, 05/28/2010 - 9:29am
mdr's picture
mdr says:

Yes, I did. I was flying back from San Diego and took several out the window as we flew over. I wasn't sure where we were at the time but using Google Earth I was able to figure out the location. The shot is taken above the Lake Powell area near the Arizona-Utah border.

And how nice of you to post my photo from last year's Geo sapiens show.

posted on Fri, 05/28/2010 - 10:11am
mdr's picture
mdr says:

Hmm. I think I made a slight faux pas in the above comment. The photo in question is probably of the Grand Canyon. It's in the same batch I shot over Lake Powell but has a different look than the rest and was taken about seven minutes before the others. At 500 mph that seems about right for it to be the G.C.

posted on Fri, 05/28/2010 - 3:55pm
ARTiFactor's picture
ARTiFactor says:

Doc Searls, a blogger I follow, often has interesting geology photos he shoots out of plane windows. Click the link to check them out. I think this shot of Lake Agassiz would be a good entry.

posted on Sat, 05/29/2010 - 6:39am

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