H2O: Film on Water celebrates our relationship to the natural world as seen through the eyes of almost one hundred artists. With water as the exhibition’s thesis, the show is approachable by all audience members. Yet, given the sophistication and sheer diversity of imagery and viewpoint, each work will prompt viewers to re-examine this elemental force. The theme is a timely one, given the focus on identifying climatic change and its effect both on our lives, and on those throughout the world who struggle to access safe drinking water. For this exhibition, we are partnering with Water for People, a non-profit organization that develops locally sustainable drinking water and sanitation facilities in developing countries throughout the world.
Cynthia Reeves, founder and Creative Director of Great River Arts, is the acting Creative Director for H2O: Film on Water. Originally conceived as a juried video art competition, the project includes a compelling selection of curated video art projects, art installations and wall based works, all relating to the theme of water.
With the video art exhibition already in its preliminary planning stages, Ms. Reeves was approached by William Ruger, the owner of the Newport Mill, to create an inaugural exhibition for this new, contemporary art space. The Newport Mill’s location on the Sugar River, a tributary to the Connecticut River, made H2O: Film on Water a fitting initial exhibition.
The project was initially planned as a multi-venue exhibition: Spheris Gallery in Hanover, New Hampshire – the partner gallery to Cynthia-Reeves in New York City; Great River Arts in Bellows Falls, Vermont; and the Brattleboro Museum in Brattleboro, Vermont, all of which are on the Connecticut River. The beautifully renovated Newport Mill, with its compelling 16,000 square foot floor, expanded the scope of the project significantly, which now includes over 50 video art projects, numerous site-based installations, photographic series and paintings.
H2O: Film on Water invites viewers to engage with a diverse group of mixed media artworks from some 75 artists, while simultaneously experiencing the Connecticut River Valley and its attendant waterways.