Commemorating its 32nd year, Zenith Gallery will present Trees of Life II at Chevy Chase Pavilion, April 29-July 31, with a “Meet the Artists” Reception on May 19, from 6-8 PM. This is the second of several shows Zenith will present at Chevy Chase Pavilion in 2010, and 10% of sales from this exhibit will be donated to American Forests’ Global ReLeaf Campaign to plant 100 million trees by 2020.
Trees of Life II follows Zenith’s 2008 show of the same name, and the concept stems from director Margery Goldberg’s longtime interest in and reverence for trees. A wood sculptor, conservationist and Washington resident, she says, “It seems only fitting that we celebrate our remarkable milestone with a show about trees, which symbolize life, friendship, evolution and endurance. Not to mention Washington, DC’s status as the tree capital of the United States, made so by the sheer number and variety of trees given to our city by other countries and states.”
For Goldberg, the Trees of Life exhibition also serves as a metaphor for the deep roots Zenith has established in Washington, DC, extending out to artists and collectors across America. “For the artists”, she adds, “the tree theme can spark imagery on many levels; trees provide the air we breathe, the shelter we live in, the heat that warms us, the fruit that feeds us, the beauty that surrounds us and a place in the shade to relax with those we care about.”
American Forests has been an influential voice for conservation and the environment since its founding in 1875. Today the nation’s oldest nonprofit conservation organization works with individuals, communities, and policy makers to protect and restore forest ecosystems. American Forests’ Global ReLeaf campaign has planted more than 30 million trees in 600 forest restoration projects worldwide in its first 20 years and has a new goal to plant 100 million trees by 2020. For more information, visit www.americanforests.com.