Martin County Library System Press Releases

February 25, 2012

EcoArtist Jesse Etelson to Give Illustrated Talk March 15 at Blake Library

Celebrating the Harvest of the Mind, Body and Spirit

DATE:  FEBRUARY 25, 2012

WHO: The Friends of the Blake Library, Inc., sponsor, in support of the Martin County Library System

WHAT:  EcoArt: Art with Purpose
Presented by Jesse Etelson

EcoArtist, sculptor, illustrator and educator Jesse Etelson will present an illustrated talk, “EcoArt: Art with Purpose,” 6:30 p.m. March 15 at the Blake Library in Stuart as part of Martin County Library System’s Chautauqua South arts and education series.

Topics will include artwork’s evolution into environmentalism and an introduction to key artists in the fields of EcoArt and Social Practice. Learn about EcoArt Treasure Coast and the birth of the “Aerial Architecture” project. Join an open discussion on the role of art in a sustainable future.

Jesse Etelson, a Martin County resident for over 20 years, graduated from the Savannah College of Art and Design, in Savannah, Ga. His most recent work is facilitating EcoArt Apprenticeships and Community Sculpture for wildlife habitat. He has worked in collaboration with scientists from the Four Rivers Audubon Wildlife Refuge to create unusual experimental sculptural ceramic bird shelters designed for particular native and visiting bird species, and installed in refuge
areas where restoration efforts had removed many trees.

Jesse is now working with an ornithologist on approaches to monitoring the shelters to see how effectively they attract inhabitants. He completed a post-apprenticeship internship with wildlife EcoArtist Lynn Hull in Colorado the summer of 2011.

WHEN: Thursday, March 15, 6:30 p.m.

WHERE:  Blake Library, John F. Armstrong Wing, 2351 SE Monterey Road, Stuart 34996

HOW:  Free and open to the public.  No tickets or reservations required.

For details or to learn more about other Chautauqua South programs or the Martin County Library System call (772) 221-1403, pick up a Library Connection or Chautauqua South brochure at any branch library or visit the library website,


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