Speak for the Trees

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Forest Canopy Oil On Canvas 72 X 84 Inches © Courtesy of the Artist and scape
Speak for the Trees
Curated by: Jeannie Denholm

2859 E. Coast Hwy.
Corona del Mar, CA 92625
July 16th, 2011 - September 5th, 2011
Opening: July 16th, 2011 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

orange county
(949) 723-3406
Tue-Fri 10-5; Sat 11-4; by appointment.


      To the trees we owe the beauty of our landscape, whether in the spring when the tender green leaves spray the branches, or in the summer when the full-grown foliage is massed against a blue sky.  In autumn the glory of the trees surpasses everything in their entrancing loveliness, while winter enables us to study more closely the intricate anatomy of their marvelous structure, their wonderful witchery at times being enhanced by snow and hoar frost.  When we are alone with the trees we feel an indescribable sense of freedom and happy exhilaration.  Through them we may find a new life and fresh pleasure in living, limited only by our capacity for receiving it.

Richard St. Barbe Baker

Lovingly known as “the man of trees”


      Human identification with the tree is a recognized phenomenon.  The tree is symbolic of life itself and holds for many, a spiritual reverence representing harmony between man, nature and the soul.  The structure of a tree’s branches, leaves and roots mirror other living systems, and are often used as universal symbols inspiring humans to acknowledge their capacity to connect with nature.   Recently there has been much discussion and documentation around fractal physics as it relates to trees and nature (ie: Emergent Nature; Pattern, Growth and Scaling in the Sciences, World Scientific Publishing Co. Pte.. Ltd., 2001).   The tree as subject is something that has continued to interest and fascinate artists through out history. 


     The title of this exhibition is derived from Dr. Seuss’s book The Lorax. ,( published in 1971).  “Speak for the trees, for the trees have no tongues” was Seuss’s calling for us to pay attention to the plight of the environment.  The title of the exhibition also corresponds with the recent publication of a 200 page, 12 x 11 inch hard cover book showcasing seventy-six color plates by contributing artists on the theme of trees. 


     The venues for this exhibition theme features works by several different Californian artists, whose work expounds on the subject of trees through unique mediums and compositions.  The exhibits are intended to dialogue with Friesen’s publication Speak for the Trees, and continue to explore the profound relationship that humanity have with trees, and the story of  art becoming a tool to facilitate awareness and discussions on the subject of the environment and the human connection to nature. 


   Furthermore, the exhibit has particular relevance to California as trees hold a special prominence, fundamental to the state’s identity and spirituality.  The traveling population’s awareness of the human imprint upon the natural world is significant and is certain to enhance how one can encounter these three varied yet compelling exhibits. 

Three Exhibits, One Theme at:

House of Balsamic Academy

5 Mason, Irvine, CA. 92618

Exhibit Dates: July 20- Sep. 5, 2011

Reception: July 20, 2011  6-9 pm

Curated by: Jeannie Denholm

Contact number: (949)295-9429


Orange Coast College

Frank M. Doyle Arts Pavilion: Merrimac Way, Parking Lot D, Costa Mesa 92626. Located between the college's Art Center and new library.

Exhibit Dates: July 8- August 12, 2011

Reception: July 8th     6-9 pm

curated by: Andrea Harris

Contact number: (714)432-5629



Southern California Art Projects & Exhibitions

2859 E. Coast Hwy, Corona del Mar, CA. 92625

Exhibit Dates: July 16- Sep 5, 2011

Reception: Saturday, July 16th   6-8 pm

Curated by: Jeannie Denholm

Contact number: (949)295-9429

Business Hours: Tuesday – Friday


Saturday 11:00am – 4:00pm, and by appointment