First we speak to Marie-Laure Vercambre
Director, Water for Life and Peace Programme
, Green Cross International Headquarters, Geneva, Switzerland about Acqua
for Life, launched in 2011, which has in its first three years raised funds
for the successful implementation of water pumps, wells and rainwater
harvesting systems in more than 60 communities and schools in Ghana,
Bolivia, Mexico and China, providing around 150 million litres of water
We the shift to a conversation with three artists, Nyla Lark
The aim of the campaign’s 4th edition will be to support the
development of water systems in new communities in Africa (Ghana, Ivory
Coast and Senegal), Latin America (Bolivia and Mexico), and Asia (Sri
Lanka). It is also a timely milestone ahead of the next , the theme of which is Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life http://www.expo2015.org/en
(Metalsmith, Wearable Art), Charles Tuggle
(Collage, painting) and Clarence Towers
(Photography), who are participating in the 25th Annual Hunter's Point Shipyard Open Studios, May 3-4, 11-6 in San Francisco.
Towers has been a creating images with both traditional (film) and
digital images for many years. His images are from the northwest and
southwest United States, Europe and Japan. He has exhibited his work in
San Francisco, New York and Chicago, as well as in Japan. Towers'
current projects include photographing cowboys/cowgirls of color and
large format abstract landscapes of the west with color transparencies,
black and white film, as well as in the digital medium.
is the former director of the San Francisco Photography Center,
considered to be the largest publicly funded photographic facility in
the United States. It is located at the Harvey Milk Center for the Arts
in San Francisco.
grew up in
Chicago. When he was in high school, he always won prizes for his art.
When he was in college, he was interested in science and studied
medical technology. Once he finished his studies in medical technology, Tuggle spent 2 years
abroad studying art and translating. When he was in
England, he studied calligraphy and studied the different characteristics of
calligraphy in different languages.
He had an art studio at Hunters Point Shipyard from 1976 to 1979.
He lived in Nigeria for several years Then, he returned to California
and worked in radiology at a Bay Area hospital. He found a way to work
part time and, then, have time to devote to his art. Tuggle now has his art studio at the Hunters Point Shipyard.
About Nyya Lark. She writes:
"Nature and contrasting combinations are the things that feed my imagination.
I have been a metalsmithing artist creating wearable art since 1983. The
passion began as an avocation while living in New York City, a city of
striking contrasts. As I was drawn to create using nature and metal as a
medium, I discovered it to be a natural gift and have studied various
metalsmithing techniques over the course of my career.
creative process involves taking the raw materials of precious metal
sheet and wire and semi-precious stones and creating works that reflect
contrast; soft embracing hard, finished and polished with the raw and
uncut - always in balance in the final piece.
The beauty of each natural part speaks to how it will come into being.
I hope that you enjoy each of my one of a kind work and will venture to see more in upcoming shows."