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The artist from Philly creates works of art that save bees; Exhibition / auction opens Thursday in West Philly

The artist from Philly creates works of art that save bees; Exhibition / auction opens Thursday in West Philly

September 1, 2021

“Hotels” for wild bees created by artist Thomas Gartside.

Philadelphia artist Thomas Gartside has created a collection of wild bee “hotels” – temporary accommodation that can provide shelter for bees threatened by population loss in the area. These works – part art sculpture, part garden-ready functional habitat – will be on display at the Art on the Avenue gallery in West Philadelphia and will be auctioned in writing throughout the exhibition.

The exhibition, Living: three variations on domesticity, will begin this Thursday, September 2 at 5 p.m. at the gallery located at 3808 Lancaster Ave. It will feature 16 unique works of art “bee hotel” by Gartside which will be auctioned. Proceeds from the auction will support PennEnvironment’s work to tackle bee death by tackling bee-killing pesticides, habitat loss and climate change.

Thomas Gartside is best known as an art photographer, but this latest body of work brings his artistic feeling to a significant environmental issue.

The exhibition, which runs until September 11, also features works by artists John Lindsay and Jason Thompson.

More information is available here.


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