Greenbelt Meridian exhibition opens July 18 at Tulsa’s Hardesty Arts Center

TULSA, Okla. - June 24, 2015 - PRLog -- The Arts & Humanities Council of Tulsa announces Greenbelt Meridian, an exhibition opening July 18 and running through September 6, 2015 at the Hardesty Arts Center in downtown Tulsa.  The show consists of work by James Gallagher and Yiren Gallagher, a Tulsa-based artist duo. The Gallaghers’ art consists of assemblage, painted mural, and sculpture, and focuses on mankind’s connection, or lack thereof, to the natural world.  A public reception will be held during the Brady Arts District’s First Friday Art Walk on August 7 from 6:00 to 9:00pm at the Hardesty Arts Center. A variety of programs including an artist talk, scientist talks, and interactive opportunities are also available.

About the Exhibition

An ever-increasing population has placed a strain on Earth’s natural resources, stretching them to their environmental limits. In Greenbelt Meridian, artists James and Yiren Gallagher ask visitors to weigh the need of returning a piece of land back to nature.  Greenbelt Meridian is an acknowledgement of mankind’s innovation and ability to thrive, while simultaneously an “appeal to mankind to appreciate the magical necessity of open space.”

The artists have collaborated on a journey that has taken them around the world, from West Oklahoma to Western China.  Along their journey they recognized a major commonality between two lands half a world apart – resources stretched to their environmental limits in order to help nourish the world.  Through this exhibition the artists hope to petition for a national monument designating a greenbelt at the 100th Meridian west, an area known historically for the over-farming that led to the dustbowl.

Public Programs
Located at the Hardesty Arts Center, 101 East Archer Street, in downtown Tulsa.

July 18 from 1:00pm-5:00pm

Imagination Day, AHHA’s free, family day of gallery fun, inspired by Greenbelt Meridian!
Hands-on visual art activity: Animal Sculptures

August 7 from 6:00pm – 9:00pm

Public Reception, coincides with First Friday Art Crawl in the Brady Arts District.

August 8 from 2:00pm – 3:00pm

Artist Talk with James Gallagher

August 15 from 1:00pm – 5:00pm

Imagination Day, AHHA’s free, family day of gallery fun, inspired by Greenbelt Meridian!
Hands-on visual Art Activity: Soil Painting

August 20 from 6:30pm – 7:30pm

The Dust Bowl, From a Scientist’s View
Lecture with State Soil Scientist Steve Alspach

August 27 from 7:00pm – 8:30pm

Do Insect Societies Sustain Our Own Communities?
Biologist Talk with Dr. Hal C. Reed, Professor of Biology, Oral Roberts University

Read more about Greenbelt Meridian online at

The Arts & Humanities Council of Tulsa is the champion for area arts and culture.  The Hardesty Arts Center (AHHA) is located at 101 East Archer Street in the Brady Arts District. Gallery Hours are Thursday through Sunday from 1:00pm – 5:00pm, First Fridays – 1:00pm - 9:00pm.  More information about the Arts & Humanities Council of Tulsa and the Hardesty Arts Center may be found online:

Artist images available upon request.

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