Looking Micro, Seeing Macro: Pressed Flower Art
Exhibit Dates Oct. 9, 2021 – Jan. 3, 2022
Either we are in such a rush, hurrying from one exigency to the next or we are out of the habit of really seeing what’s around us, that we rarely stop to look closely at the beauty in nature everywhere: the plant growing in the sidewalk crack, your neighbor’s flower box, the meadow you drive by, the tree down the block just beginning to flower. When we do slow down and observe, we see that each tiny bit of the natural world is interesting in its own way: complicated, gorgeous, perfect. What if we regularly looked at life in this fashion, would we understand the complex interconnectedness of everything, the patterns that make life beautiful? Would we treat the natural world differently, like a sibling rather than a resource to use and abuse? Would we understand ourselves more clearly and rethink our place in the universe?
To see a digital gallery of this exhibit, please visit this link.
Liz Cutler has been part of Upper School English faculty at Princeton Day School since 1985 and has been the sustainability coordinator since 2009. She is the founding director of OASIS (Organizing Action on Sustainability in Schools), a non-profit consortium of approximately 50 New Jersey schools and school districts who work together to help each other become more sustainable. She was on the original executive committee of Sustainable Princeton and was on the Princeton Environmental Film Festival committee. She founded Noazim, a wilderness Judaica summer camp experience for high school students and was a wilderness instructor for 15 years. She also worked on the Hudson River Sloop Clearwater. Her awards include: Stony Brook Millstone Watershed Association “River Friendly Teacher” Award, Sustainable Princeton Leadership Award, National Garden Club of America Elizabeth Abernathy Hull Award, and the Stony Brook Millstone Watershed Association Richard Rotter Award for Excellence in Environmental Education.
She has no art training at all. In fact, this is her first journey into the artistic world. She started collecting, pressing and arranging during walks near her home (through the local woods, meadows, neighborhoods, and her kind friends’ gardens) throughout the pandemic and her son’s very serious illness. She calls these pieces “her meditation.”
Love Thy Nature
Exhibit Dates Oct. 9, 2021 – Jan. 3, 2022
This exhibit depicts the interdependence of organisms, and the infinite number of organisms necessary to connect to form one bigger, inseparable entity. The interconnectedness of organic forms and the individual, as an interwoven part of an infinite natural community, solidifies that there are no structural or conceptual barriers between the ecosystem and all living species, which are unquestionably, indelibly, codependent.
Jamie’s exhibit at the library is displayed using a variety of upcycled frames in keeping with the environmental theme of the work and her passion for the natural world.
Jamie Danielle Weiner
More of Jamie’s art can be found on Instagram.
Jamie Danielle Weiner majored in Medical Anthropology, minoring in Japanese, English Literature and Asian Studies at Skidmore College.
Her artistic training is multifaceted and began with Art Collaborations in Princeton over a 15-year period as both a student and teacher helper, and taking painting and sculpture courses at The Arts Council of Princeton, and The Hun School of Princeton. Jamie spent three summer terms in 2009 and 2010 at Cow House Studios, within a working farm in Wexford, Ireland, an all-encompassing art program which included travel to art venues and museums. In 2007, her art was displayed at the Princeton University Art Museum through a joint program set up by The Princeton Symphony Orchestra. Following some art classes at Skidmore College, Eye-Dentity Crisis, Jamie’s exhibition at Skidmore’s Case Gallery in early 2016, was followed by designing two T-shirts for the school and for Skidmore’s Anthropology Department. In 2015, Jamie designed a T-shirt for a girls’ basketball team and won an art contest, during her semester abroad at Sophia University in Tokyo, Japan. While residing with a Japanese host family in Shinjuku City, she developed an affinity for sketching using ultra-thin Japanese markers.
Jamie’s entire career following her graduation from Skidmore College in 2016 centered on helping others. She was a job coach at Community Options, then a certified nursing assistant at both Merwick Care & Rehabilitation Center and then Lehigh Valley Hospital. Jamie spent most of 2021 being a medical assistant at The Heart Care Group in Allentown, Pennsylvania, and just began a master’s program to become a physician associate (PA) at Salus University.
During reflective moments, Jamie continues sketching and sharing her works with others, which she considers her form of communication in isolation, but her main preoccupation remains to help others. Jamie’s connection to Princeton Public Library remains and is displayed since 2003 – her green star was chosen as the centerpiece of the library’s Ik-Joong Kang’s Happy World permanent exhibition, consisting of 3,700 pieces from the Princeton community made into tiles.
Presented with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this programming do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.