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      May 27, 2009 - July 11, 2009


      1216 First Avenue
      Seattle, Washington 98101

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      Sustainability / Sostenibilidad

      Sustainability / Sostenibilidad

      A visual and literary exhibition in response to the

      Americans for the Arts 2009 Conference theme

      “Arts in Sustainable Communities” 

      MAY 27th - JULY 11th, 2009 

      Artist’s reception

      • June 5th 6-9pm

      American for the Arts Night

      • June 19th 5:30-9:30pm

      public receptions

      • First Thursday June 4th and July 2nd 6-8pm  

      Presented by La Sala and Benham Gallery, Sustainability / Sostenibilidad is a collaboration of ideas about the value of cultural and it’s importance to understanding and implementing sustainable practices. 

      Featuring fine art photographers; Daniel Beltra’, Hugo Ludena, Wanda Benvenutti, Almendra Sandoval, Jennifer Molina and Alejandro Tomas  

      And creative writers; Donna Miscolta, Christina Montilla, Alma Garcia, Felicia Gonzalez, Gabriella Guttierez y Muhs, Juan Carlos Reyes, Kathleen Alcala, Jose Carrillo, Carmelo Gonzalez, Maijah Merino, Laura Gonzalez, Maria Victoria, Kisha O.Palmer   

      Exhibition critiques by Dr. Eugenia Toledo  and Javier Amaya 

      For images or sample writings contact Marita at 206-622-2480 or  

      Daniel Beltra’ featured artist: 

      Sustainability has been a crucial goal of Daniel Beltra’s for some time so it’s appropriate to have a show with La Sala during the Americans for the Arts Annual Convention under this worthy title. As a Spanish photographer, Daniel shares strong bonds of language and Latino culture with South Americans, which helps make the Amazon Rainforest one of his favorite places in the world.   Sadly, he has documented the burning of thousands of acres of this paradise in his freelance work with the environmental group Greenpeace. 

      Known for stunning aerial images, he is an award-winning photographer with an eye for clean, strong composition in the midst of telling vital stories about our planet. Cattle farms like the one shown in a photo chosen by a Dartmouth College’s Hood Museum of Art, reveals one of the main motives for destroying the forest – the meat industry, both the cattle themselves and the soy grown to feed them. Another iconic image shown is his second World Press Photo Award winner of a tract of forest cleared for soy farming, a single dead, supposedly protected, Brazilian Nut Tree and the shadow of a plane passing overhead.  

      Daniel grew up in Spain where it was once so covered with trees that a squirrel could jump from treetop to treetop across the country, without touching the ground, as the story goes.  Today, in contrast, Spain has many regions threatened with desertification, drought, flooding and soil erosion.   Much of the great forests were cut long ago as is happening today at an alarming rate in the Amazon and other tropical forests worldwide.  The continuing quest to exploit natural resources at any cost will backfire in the end. He wants to show such beauty that its devastation is intolerable.  

      This year when Daniel won The Prince’s Rainforests Project (PRP) Award,

      Tom Stoddart, Chair of the PRP Award Judging Committee said: “For over two decades Daniel’s cameras have highlighted man’s devastating impact on the planet by depicting the destruction of ancient forests, peoples, oceans, species and the ozone layer. His passion and talent to inform in tandem with his artistic eye, makes him the perfect recipient of this most prestigious and important award.” The PRP is a non-governmental organization established in October 2007 by his Royal Highness The Prince of Wales that seeks to find consensus for how to slow and stop tropical deforestation around the world as a way to tackle Climate Change. 

      South America’s resources have been used sustainably for centuries but are now threatened with extinction. If this is allowed to happen, it will extinguish the native peoples, cultures, languages, as well as, the flora and fauna of the Amazon. Most importantly, the very atmosphere we live in will be destroyed.  Daniel seeks to raise awareness of this dire challenge the planet faces with the most compelling, artistic images he can create. 


      - The Prince’s Rainforests Project (PRP)

      -  Hood Museum of Art, Darmouth College

      -   Greenpeace


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