Protect PT to showcase Philadelphia artist’s work in new education center

A local environmental group will host an exhibit featuring the work of Philadelphia artist Meg Lemieur in Penn Township.

The Protect PT Community Environmental Education Center will host the exhibit with an opening reception from 6-10 p.m. on July 23.

Lemieur creates art using graphite and ink, and adding bursts of color using a combination of watercolor acrylics and digital composition.

Tickets to the reception are $5 for adults, and artwork will also be on sale, with a portion of proceeds going to Protect PT.

“We are excited to showcase beautiful artwork with environmental themes,” said Gillian Graber, Executive Director of Protect PT.

“We hope everyone will come out and bring their family and friends for our first gallery event in our new space.”

The artwork will remain on display at the Education Center for a few weeks after the event.

The exhibit will be open to the public during Protect PT’s regular business hours, 9am to 3pm, Monday through Friday.

The center is located at 3344 Route 130 in Penn Township.

Lemieur recently confided in the Tribune-Revue about her work.

Q: How did you log in to Protect PT?

A: In 2020, they commissioned some artwork from me and my creative partner at the time, Bri Barton. That’s when we first met and we all got on so well during this project that we became big fans of each other.

Q: You describe your artistic style as a combination of pen illustrations and digital colors. What do you like best about the mix of analog and digital art styles?

A: Holding a pen in my hand and drawing it over a piece of paper over and over again to create a beautiful image puts me in a unique meditative state of mind that awakens my creativity, problem solving and intuition. There is no such thing. For the past decade, I’ve absolutely loved using pens and brushes to celebrate the weight of line in my pieces. This is honestly my favorite part of creating any artwork I do. And I also like the color. I scan my line work and paint the colors digitally, which gives me the rare freedom to explore many color possibilities in each piece. I really love this process of illuminating and finding these absolutely perfect color combinations.

Q: Is environmental advocacy something you are passionate about and something you have made part of your masterpieces?

A: I’ve been involved in environmental advocacy since 2008, when friends who lived in central Pennsylvania had their water poisoned by a natural gas well that was on their neighbor’s property. It was heartbreaking to watch, so I held fundraisers in Philadelphia and created artwork for posters and campaigns to help them through this time. As an illustrator by trade, I realized the special position I was in to create visuals that helped tell their story to a wider audience. And then I realized that this problem was much bigger than the story of my only friend.

In 2017, I teamed up with artist Bri Barton to create a large, intricately designed educational illustration that tells the story of many frontline communities in the Mid-Atlantic region. The piece is called “Water Ways”. (thewaterways.org)

In this richly detailed allegorical design, the many vignettes tell the political, social, economic and ecological stories of the natural gas industry’s impact on the land, water and all who live there.

We use this mural-sized illustration as an educational tool for workshops and presentations at universities, libraries, and other community centers.

I am receiving an award from Penn Future this year for the work I have done with “Water Ways”.

I am very touched by this recognition.

Patrick Varine is an editor at Tribune-Review. You can contact Patrick by email at [email protected] or via Twitter .

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