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The Healing Power of Art

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Self Portrait with Several Tiny Homes, Julie Heffernan, oil on canvas, 2009.In Dr. Seuss’ classic 1971 children’s tale The Lorax, the title character says, “I speak for the trees, for the trees have no tongues.”


With the release of a new work by Marquand Books, Seattle and Sun Valley gallery owner Andria Friesen has picked up where the furry Lorax left off. Friesen’s compiled project, Speak for the Trees, is a stunning, 200-page hardcover collection of various artists’ attempts to “speak for the trees.” Contributors include contemporary heavyweights like David Hockney, Yoko Ono, Robert Longo and Christo. Each work is accompanied by the artist’s statement and a literary or historical quote borrowed by writers and thinkers ranging from Abraham Lincoln to the Buddha and Henry David Thoreau.


Acknowledging the inherent irony of a book honoring the trees it necessarily consumes, Speak for the Trees has been certified by the Forest Stewardship Council; the paper is made of 100 percent sustainable material, tracked to responsibly managed forests and is printed with soy-based ink.


To get closer to trees, visit Friesen Gallery in Ketchum for the month-long show’s opening on December 30, 2009. Books will be available, art from its pages will be on display and contributing artists will be in attendance. -SVM



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