NDNU’s Dorothy Stang Center to Sponsor Environmental Surrealist Art Reception

Belmont, CA, September 9, 2010 — Notre Dame de Namur University will present “Change is Calling: The Environmental Surrealist Art of Michelle Waters” on September 15 from 4-6 p.m. at the Carl Gellert and Celia Berta Gellert Library. The event is sponsored by The Dorothy Stang Center for Social Justice and Community Engagement to honor artist Michelle Waters, whose work will be featured in the Gellert Library from September 13 to October 14.

Michelle Waters is a local artist inspired by her love for animals, concern for our environment, and a pithy sense of humor. Born and raised in L.A., Waters moved to Santa Cruz where she became involved with animal and eco-activism and created a career in political art. In her artist’s statement, she says, “My paintings fuse my quite serious concerns about the environment crisis we face with my love for the absurd. […] These paintings deconstruct the assumption of human superiority to other specials by giving my view of what might transpire if animals took control of the fate of the planet.”

“We are pleased to have the opportunity to showcase Michelle Waters’ work,” said Cheryl Joseph, co-director of the Dorothy Stang Center. “Her paintings actively express many of the Dorothy Stang Center’s social and environmental justice values.”

Waters is active in the South Bay Area art community and lives with her husband and cats in the Santa Cruz mountains.

The Carl Gellert and Celia Berta Gellert Library is on the NDNU campus, located at 1500 Ralston Avenue in Belmont. Admission is free.