PULLMAN, Wash. – Stream and native plant restoration along Missouri Flat Creek in Pullman is the subject of an exhibit of Washington State University student art and an opening talk 2-4 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 22, at Thomas Hammer coffee shop downtown.
The art will be on display through Oct. 13. Paintings, either done at the stream or inspired by visits to it, will be available for sale; half of the proceeds will help restore the creek.
WSU graduate student Kayla Wakulich, School of the Environment, will talk briefly about her work protecting and restoring Missouri Flat Creek. The little known stream enters Pullman from the north, continues along north Grand Avenue and joins the south fork of the Palouse River just northwest of downtown.
“Science is coming to a point where we need more than just peer reviewed journal articles to explain theories and processes,” Wakulich said. “We need to walk the boundaries of science, art and community engagement to entice the community into action. We share the responsibilities of Pullman – whether it’s for four years as students or for 40 years of residency.”
“Art has the unique ability to engage with any discipline or issue,” said Joe Hedges, assistant professor of painting/intermedia at WSU, who will introduce paintings by students in Fine Arts 321 and 423. “Students are excited to get out of the classroom and put their skills to use in highlighting the creek and this important environmental effort.”