Walton Arts Center is thrilled to debut the art exhibition, Our Fragile Home by former Huntsville residents Pat Musick and her husband, former NASA astronaut, Jerry Carr. The exhibit will run through March 31, 2015. An evening reception and art party to meet the artists will be held on CANCELED (infoMonday, Feb. 16, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the Joy Pratt Markham Gallery at Walton Arts Center. Join the artists for a lecture and book signing at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art on Sunday, Feb. 15, 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. The Our Fragile Home exhibition will take place in the Joy Pratt Markham Gallery during regular gallery hours and admission is free. 

Joy Pratt Markham Gallery Hours:
Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Saturday, noon to 4 p.m.
One hour prior to most performances
Gallery admission is FREE

The installation of paintings and sculptures was created through more than a decade of collaboration between Pat Musick and her husband. Our Fragile Home was inspired by the 1990 Earth Day Conference held at the United Nations in New York City. Carr was one of forty astronauts and cosmonauts who participated. Six speakers representing the United States, France, Germany, Saudi Arabia, Spain and Russia were invited to address the conference in their native language and describe their impressions of the earth from outer space. Listening with one of the simultaneous translation headsets provided to audience members, Musick noted that although the six speakers did not wear the headsets and hear each other in translation, they used the same key words, “Sustain”, “Protect”, “Balance”, “Harmony”, “Nurture”, “Fragile”, “Steward”, and “Beauty”.

Musick recognized that these words embody both the urgent need for creative responses to climate change and the potential for new and shared perspectives. Her artworks provide moving and memorable images of both the fragility and resilience of the earth.

Pat Musick and Jerry Carr live in Manchester Center, Vermont. Musick has been a professional artist her entire life and Carr became her creative partner after retiring from NASA and a subsequent career in space engineering. Musick conceives of and designs all of the works on paper. Carr engineers and fabricates the steel and woodwork. They complete the finishing touches together. “We work together in pure collaboration,” said Musick. “We have a different perspective when we work with the different materials, but the important thread that we share is the love of the environment.”

Musick and Carr’s artworks are represented in the permanent collections of over fifty museums and public spaces throughout the United States.