New Village Theatre art exhibit focuses on rising sea levels

Eco-conscious artist, photographer present Antarctic imagery 'to educate and inspire change'

Danville's Village Theatre Art Gallery is hosting an exhibit of paintings and photographs depicting the impacts of melting sea ice and rising ocean levels.

55" - Images of Sea Level Rise features abstract paintings of Jennifer Koney and photographs by Oliver Klink, eco-conscious artists whose works transport viewers to the Antarctic with images of glaciers, penguins and other elements, according to gallery officials.

"Scientists state the projected sea level rise for the San Francisco Bay-Estuary by the year 2100 is 55 inches. Koney and Klink aim to educate and inspire change through their paintings and photographs," Village Theatre representatives said in a statement.

Klink's photographs show Antarctic wildlife in their natural habitat surrounded by "the stunning beauty of ice and the melting giants that are glaciers," gallery officials said. Koney displays a series of tall paintings all with a 55-inch horizon line -- attempting to make the 55-inch sea level rise prediction more tangible to viewers.

A traveling exhibit, 55"- Images of Sea Level Rise runs through April 23.

The exhibit will close with a special reception on April 23 from 1-3 p.m., with guest speakers from Save the Bay, SF Bay Conservation and Development Commission and Contra Costa County Health Services.

The gallery and reception are free and open to the public. Officials recommend a $5 donation per family to support the gallery and arts in Danville.

For exhibit hours and other information, call 314-3460 or visit the Village Theatre Art Gallery website.

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