FIRM is partnering with First Horizon Foundation to bring Sea Level Stories – The Art of Jane Lawton Baldridge to The Studios of Key West.

On view at The Studios of Key West, 533 Eaton Street, Key West, FL, October-6-27, 2022.  Opening Reception October 6, 6-8 pm.

Baldridge focuses on using the power of art to bring awareness to the mounting threats of flooding and sea level rise with the goal of inspiring our community to unify in solving these issues. Large abstract seascape paintings that portray sea states from the perfect tranquil snorkel day to the powerful waves borne on a storm are displayed alongside sculptural figures covered with elevation maps reinforcing the immediacy of the crisis at hand.

sculptural human figures layered with nautical maps and paint

As well as an artist, Baldridge is a licensed boat captain. Throughout her work and during her time living on a boat, she closely studied the movements and patterns of water, particularly interested in how powerfully water sculpts shorelines. Her fascination with the ocean and its many moods is evident in her artwork.

Baldridge has shown in Lincoln Center, Times Square, the Louvre, Museum of Computer Art, Mint Museum, Cameron Museum of Art, Fayetteville Museum of Art, World Festival of Art on Paper (Slovenia) and has a piece of art in the Library of Congress.

“If you do not go out on the ocean and witness its power and beauty, you won’t understand the rushing water borne on a storm. Currents, tides and runoff change the land. This can manifest into the magic of an ox-bow forming in a river or a beach house undermined and falling into the ocean.” —Jane Lawton Baldridge.

FIRM also thanks The Key West Sunrise Rotary Club The Saint Hotel, and Steve and Kathy Russ for their support towards this project.

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