April 5th
28 Years of People Power

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28 Years of People Power
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Dear Friends,

I am writing to tell you about the opening of the art show Seeing Green opening in Milwaukee next weekend. I was invited to paint a mural about the historic victory over multinational mining corporations and about the people power that made it happen. I hope that you like the mural:
http://seeinggreenartshow.files.wordpress.com/2008/03/susan-simensky-bietila-mural.jpg
(See the text below)

After the show is finished, the mural will come down and will be free to be exhibited elsewhere. Please let me know if you are interested. The mural is 8 feet high by 24 feet wide.

With thanks to you all,
Susan Simensky Bietila

agitartgal@hotmail.com

Mural text:

28 YEARS OF PEOPLE POWER...

defeated EXXON and other multinational
mining companies seeking to mine the
lode of Zinc and Copper
along Wisconsin's Wolf River.

The proposed mine threatened to poison
the waters -- the Wild Rice Lake of the
Mole Lake Sokoagon Chippewa and
the Wolf River -- from the National Forest
to the North, down through the
Menominee land to the South.

The persistence and unity of the
coalition of people,
NATIVE AND NON-NATIVE,
RURAL AND URBAN,
ENVIRONMENTALIST
AND TRADE UNIONIST,
SPORT FISHERMAN AND HUNTER,
prevailed.
'
The victory is celebrated worldwide,
a rare instance when grassroots
citizens have defeated
corporate mining interests.


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Seeing Green: Art, Ecology, and Activism opens
Saturday, April 12, 5:00-9:00pm at Woodland Pattern
Book Center, 720 E. Locust St., Milwaukee, WI.
 
http://seeinggreenartshow.wordpress.com/
 
Seeing Green encourages artists to leave the confines
of the studio and take an active role with the
community, to collaborate and address issues of the
environment, and to open a dialog with the public.
Guest curator Nicolas Lampert invited over 40 local
artists to work on a project for the duration of eight
months. During the month of April, 2008 the show will
be exhibited at Woodland Pattern Book Center in
Milwaukee, Wisconsin where the gallery will serve as a
hub space, informing the viewer and the public of the
many environmental projects taking place throughout
the city, exhibiting visual work and books, screening
films and holding discussions and events based around
the exhibition.
 
Calendar:
 
Seeing Green opens at Woodland Pattern Book Center
(720 E. Locust St., Milwaukee, WI.) on Saturday, April
12, 2008, 5:00-9:00pm
 
Additional events:
Reading by California author Rebecca Solnit, Sunday,
March 30th, 2:00pm
 
Curator talk by Nicolas Lampert 4:30-6:00 / Film
Screening, Wednesday, April 16th, 7:00-9:00pm
(Screening of 5 minute films and videos on urban
ecology issues by: Lane Hall, Lisa Moline, Lindsay
Holden, Brandon Bauer, Ray Chi, Laura Klein, Eddee
Daniel, Suzanne Rosenblatt, Spencer Tepper, Zachary
Nesgoda.)
 
Artist/Scientist/Community Activist talk, Wednesday,
April 23rd, 7:00-9:00pm
(presentations by Susan Simensky-Bietila, Chris
Cornelius, RiverPulse)
 
Artist/Scientist/Community Activist talk, Wednesday,
April 30th, 7:00-9:00pm
(presentations by Raoul Deal and Larry Adams; Mary
Osmundsen, Andrea Fuentes, Jose’ Medina, Monica
Gonzalez and Adolfo Garcia; Lane Hall, Lisa Moline and
Dr. Rudi Strickler)
 
Seeing Green is co-sponsored by UWM Cultures and
Communities/Institute for Service Learning
Co-Sponsorship Award, the Milwaukee Arts Board, and
the Windhover Foundation.
 
http://seeinggreenartshow.wordpress.com/