Art to save the planet

unnamed (1)What a wonderful idea – creating and using art to educate and motivate people to address climate changes and save the planet.

Laurie Sproul and Jean Ann Pollard have teamed up on a worthy and imaginative art show that is now traveling the state. Titled Love it or Lose It, the artists hope their creative works of art will, in their words, “raise awareness about climate change and promote the good things we want to hold on to.”

Right now you can see their art at Spinnaker Trust in Portland. This is not a gallery, so you must call 553-7160 to let them know you are coming. I’m told they’ve been very accommodating to visitors. I’m also told that the bright blue walls, interior glass partitions and shining maple floors of Spinnaker’s big office showroom are a splendid venue for these two professional artists who delight in the beauty of planet earth.

You’ll receive information about climate change, focused on the campaign to create a revenue-neutral carbon fee and dividend, something Laurie and JeanAnne feel is the best option for addressing the many problems created by our changing climate. They’ll also have a show at College of the Atlantic’s Blum Gallery in November.

J.A. (Jean Ann) Pollard is an author/artist who has done medical and biological illustrating; cookbook, children’s books and short-story illustrating. Her acrylic paintings have been widely shown in group art shows, galleries, and in college and university galleries.  Her work is owned by collectors in America including NASA scientists, as well as in England and Russia.

unnamed (2)Laurie Sproul is a Maine artist who has been sculpting wood for over 20 years.  A combined art and oceanography background fostered a broad perspective from which her work convincingly conveys the magical grandness of nature. Laurie’s subject matter is increasingly influenced by the struggle of nature in a warming world. Using local woods and oil based finishes, her new works play out the drama unfolding in our ecosystems as species struggle to adapt.

Laurie has shown her work in many galleries in and outside of Maine and is in the private collection of Dorothea Johnson, Richard Rockefeller, Victoria Stevens, President of the National Chestnut Society, Dysart’s Restaurant, and the Cellar Door Vineyard.

Laurie gave me two quotes for this column:

“We need a big movement, and big movements come from beauty and meaning,
not columns of statistics.” 
-Bill McKibben.

“When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it is attached to the rest of the world.” – John Muir

Here’s the official announcement or their “Love it or Lose it” art campaign:

Laurie Sproul and JeanAnne Pollard share a deep sense of fascination for the world around us. Fundamentally inspired by nature’s beauty, their “Love it or Lose it” art campaign explores deeper relationships between this magical world previously unwittingly abused, and the growing need for man to quickly learn to coexist with this environment. Encouraged by knowing solutions exist, JeanAnn and Laurie’s art celebrates the pulse of life we are fighting for, and invites the viewer to embrace their role in our all-hands-on-deck challenge. There is too much art unmade, too many turtles undiscovered, too few sunsets photographed, too many girls needing to fall in love to not figure out how to live sustainably.

Laurie and JeanAnne love nature. They love the elegance, mystical feel, inspiration, calm presence. As you walk into the woods and the human world drops away your heart rate slows, you think about yourself. When you look at their art the same thing happens. Man has lived alongside of nature forever. With climate change we are seeing we must do more than live alongside it. We must live with it. Forcing people to realize we need nature to live. Connect the brain of cell phone to the web of nature.

Laurie and JeanAnne hope their show will engage more Mainers in the discussion about solutions to climate change. You should check out their art and join the discussion.

George Smith

About George Smith

George stepped down at the end of 2010 after 18 years as the executive director of the Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine to write full time. He writes a weekly editorial page column in the Kennebec Journal and Waterville Morning Sentinel, a weekly travel column in those same newspapers (with his wife Linda), monthly columns in The Maine Sportsman magazine, two outdoor news blogs (one on his website,, and one on the website of the Bangor Daily News), and special columns for many publications and newsletters. Islandport Press published a book of George's favorite columns, "A Life Lived Outdoors" in 2014. In 2014, George also won a Maine Press Association award for writing the state's bet sports blog. In 2016, Down East Books published George's book, Maine Sporting Camps, and Islandport Press published George and his wife Linda's travel book, Take It From ME, about their favorite Maine inns and restaurants.