Meet exhibiting artist Claire Parker at Heron Point

CHESTERTOWN — Pratt Institute sophomore Claire Parker of Chestertown, who is majoring in drawing at the highly regarded school in Brooklyn, New York, is currently exhibiting “Taming Our Environment’s Inequities” at the Heron Point Art Gallery in Chestertown.

You can meet Parker at the gallery from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, March 10 when she will talk about her creative process.

Heron Point, an Acts retirement community affiliate, is located at 501 East Campus Ave.

Parker’s exhibit runs through April 28, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. There is no fee.

For more information, call 410-778-7300.

As someone who grew up on the Eastern Shore, on the Queen Anne’s County side of the Chester River, Parker explores a connection to the environment through her work.

“I’m very passionate about nature and the environment. I grew up on the Bay, very privileged to live on the water and have that connectedness with nature, so I wanted to put those ideas into art,” Parker said last fall at a gallery talk hosted by the Kent Cultural Alliance.

Her work has been informed by books on the environment and articles discussing climate change, renewable energy and sustainable lifestyles.

“There’s a lot of nature and environmental activism in my art,” Parker told the gathering at the KCA event on Oct. 20. “Art is a way to cherish the environment, and provides a way to bring us all together around a place we have to sustain.”

She announced that night that she was pursuing a minor in sustainability at Pratt.

Since her first semester at Pratt, Parker has been an intern for the environmental campaign through the New York Public Interest Resource Group. By making posters and collaborating with others, she has been able to pursue interest in social change and activism.

She has taken her advocacy for environmental and human rights to the state level in Albany — speaking with local legislators and networking with “like-minded individuals eager for change.”

According to Parker, a lot of narrative symbolism and social commentary can be found in her work.

Her mural was selected as the Queen Anne’s County winner of a “Healthcare Heroes” collaboration with area arts councils in 2022-23 when public art installations were placed at University of Maryland Shore Regional Health medical facilities in Kent, Queen Anne’s, Talbot and Dorchester counties.

Another of her murals is displayed at the Kent Ag Center fairgrounds.

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