First Friday Art WalkCare of Creatures Family Party

Friday, June 7th, 5 - 7 pm 

ScienceWorks is pleased to announce the reception for Shoshanah Dubiner’s art Friday, June 7th from 5-7 pm. Select works from Dubiner’s Inspired by Biology collection will be on display at ScienceWorks from May through June 2024. The Pollinator Project, a series of paintings created for The Farm at Southern Oregon University, will also be on display. Programming in collaboration with our community partners such as Ashland Independent Film Fest. The artist will be in attendance and available to discuss her work. Snacks, beer, and wine available. 

Free admission.

Brought to you in part by Ashland Gallery Association.


About the Artist:

Shoshanah Dubiner is the child of European immigrants who instilled a love of the arts and learning in their daughter. She started drawing and painting as a child and attended Saturday morning art classes at the Cleveland Art Museum and then the California Palace of the Legion of Honor in San Francisco. Living in Florence, Italy, as a high school exchange student in 1960, surrounded by Renaissance art and a people who loved art, was one of the greatest gifts she ever received. Her years studying the humanities at the University of California Berkeley, Harvard and Brandeis honed her strong analytic skills while leaving her powers of imagination intact. After earning a MFA in Theater Design, Shoshanah worked as a costume designer for three years in Italy. In 1978, she became a California Arts Council’s Artist-in-Residence at the California Academy of Sciences and worked with scientists and researchers in various scientific disciplines.

A course in The Cell at SOU in 2007 got her interested in the cell and its structures. The world of the tiny captured her attention, and her artwork took a new direction: nature seen through the lens of the microscope and interpreted with myth and metaphor. Her work combined the scientist’s explanations of the universe with the poet’s and the visionary’s view. In 2008, she became an admirer of the books of Lynn Margulis and Dorion Sagan, who gave her a profoundly new interpretation of life on Earth. When Margulis died in 2011, Shoshanah painted a tribute to that great woman scientist: Endosymbiosis: Homage to Lynn Margulis. With its bold colors and energetic forms that express Shoshanah’s enthusiasm for the material, living world, the painting was first shown at the memorial celebration for Margulis in 2012 at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and has since been published in Staying with the Trouble by Donna Haraway, in Critical Zones, published by ZKM Center for Art and Media, and other journals. More recently Shoshanah’s Protocells Triptych, created in collaboration with Professor of Biomolecular Engineering, David Deamer, was on loan at the Norris Center for Natural History at the University of California Santa Cruz.

Shoshanah has worked with students in the schools, taught OLLI classes about patterns in nature, and created outdoor art about pollinators, pollen and plants for The Farm at Southern Oregon University. She is now working on a book of her artwork that shows how an artist transforms her life experience into images. Shoshanah’s goal is to keep painting as long as possible in order to show people how beautiful the earth is.

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