Mabee-Gerrer Museum of Art Premiers New Documentary

A new documentary "Earth Chronicles Project, The Artist's Process: Oklahoma" will be premiering at the Mabee-Gerrer Museum of Art in the Sarkeys Performing Arts Center on March 17th at 7 pm.  A reception begins at 6:30pm.The film premiere is free and open to the public, but due to limited seating, please call 405-878-5300 to RSVP.
 
The film includes 14 segments about the intersection of art, environmental sustainability and cultural preservation in the state of Oklahoma. "We promise you an exciting journey through a state that is far more diverse than most people realize, being one of only four states in the U.S. with over ten ecoregions. Be prepared to meet inspiring and passionate individuals and unique places you may never have dreamed of," said Fran Hardy.
 
The film highlights the Tallgrass Prairie Preserve; Four Canyon Preserve; Keystone Ancient Forest Preserve; Mabee-Gerrer Museum of Art; St. Gregory's Abbey; Kim Baker, Oklahoma conservation photographer; artists Katherine Liontas-Warren and Jack Bryan in the Wichita Mountains; Tulsa synthetic landscape painter Grace Grothaus; James Stephen's Chahta Isuba Ranch and Fossil River Preserve; Museum of the Red River and Quintus Herron, co-founder with his wife, Mary, of the Museum of the Red River; Little River National Wildlife Refuge; Closer to Earth Youth Gardens; Jerri Redcorn, Caddo potter; and Dr Ian Thompson Choctaw archaeologist, anthropologist and artist.
 
Fran Hardy, M.Ed., artist and educator, and Bob Demboski, filmmaker, are producing a series of documentaries that illustrate the intersection of art, creativity, ecological sustainability and cultural preservation in different regions of the United States. Fran's work has been featured in six museum exhibitions including a retrospective and two traveling shows. Bob comes from a long career in television and filmmaking with such clients as The Oprah Show, Bravo, Discovery Channel, HBO, and behind the scenes work on feature films. 
 
Combining their unique skills to produce educational documentaries, Fran and Bob interview a variety of creative individuals in different professions about their approach to conserving the environment. The documentarians also visit those places that tell a unique story about the conservation and preservation of natural beauty and resources. Through their work, Fran and Bob hope to offer creative solutions to conservation and inspire action.
 
The documentaries air on PBS stations across the country, at museums in conjunction with installations by Fran and other featured artists, and at botanical gardens. Thanks to the generosity of the Creative-Native Project, the documentaries are being used as educational tools by various groups. To see Fran Hardy's art, go to www.franhardy.com.  Much of her work focuses on elaborate and otherworldly large-scale drawings of ancient trees and forests, and their interpretation into paintings. 
 
For more information go to: www.earthchroniclesproject.com    Visit www.earthchroniclesproject.blogspot.com to follow Fran and Bob on their journey through Oklahoma as they shot the documentary.