Care to Dance?

New art exhibit highlights the connections of humans and honeybees

I need you, and you need me. That’s interdependence.

“Inter-Depend-Dance,” a new art exhibit and speaker series coming to Cary, offers an environmental take on the concept by highlighting the connections of humans and honeybees.

“Life is sort of a dance on the planet,” said exhibit artist and photographer Jayne Walther. “We hope everyone shows up to the dance, and participates to the best of their ability, not stepping on too many toes.

“Hopefully, our actions of being mindful about our environment will make us better life dancers.”

Walther’s solo exhibit, “Inter-Depend-Dance,” uses visual art to bring awareness to the plight of the honeybee, and she incorporates beeswax into her artwork. The name of the exhibit is also derived from the dance that honeybees perform to direct other worker bees to nectar.

“Inter-Depend-Dance,” featuring Walther’s collection of abstract paintings created with oil paint and cold wax, and her photo encaustic works, opens with a free public reception on Friday, April 28 from 6 to 9 p.m., at Village Art Circle Gallery, 200 S. Academy St., in Cary, during the Final Friday Cary Art Loop.

The opening will include refreshments and live ballroom dance performances. The exhibit runs through Sunday, May 21.

Speaker series

For the month of May, Walther has organized free educational programming to connect the community to local natural gardening and beekeeping experts.

On May 13 at 1:30 p.m., outdoor enthusiast Helen Yoest presents Inviting Bees to Your Garden: It’s All About the Plants.

On May 21 at 1 p.m., natural beekeeper Alice Hinman presents Natural Beekeeping: Conservation, Collaboration, Community.

Also on May 21, at 2 p.m., landscape designer Dale Batchelor presents Doing Less and Getting More: Creating a Sustainable Landscape.

A fee-based workshop, Creative Revival, will be offered by Walther on May 7.

Register for any of these classes at jaynewalther.com.

And read Cary Magazine’s article, “Let’s Talk About the Birds & the Bees,” here.

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