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A new era in art has begun. It meets at the intersection of Politics and Culture; where environment meets canvas. Environmentally-friendly art, or ‘eco-art,’ has been gaining popularity among artists due to its sensitivity to one of the largest, political issues in our world today.

A brief history of ECOART in Martin County

  • Ripple - Ribbon Cutting

    On Friday, March 29, 2024 Martin County celebrated the completion of the Ripple project. Now Martin County residents, and specifically, the residents of Old Palm City, can enjoy this beautiful new asset that not only adds walking paths, native plants, interpretative signage, and gazebos but also cleans the water before it lands in the St. Lucie River. MartinArts is a proud partner in achieving this project for our community.

  • The RIPPLE project is under construction, led by ecoartist, Lucy Keshavarz. Ripple will reconnect the Old Palm City neighborhood with the St. Lucie River at three distinct sites along SW 28th and 29th Streets. Ripple is part of only a handful of projects across the county to receive grant funding from the National Endowment for the Arts twice. Additional funding was provided by DEP and other state and federal sources.

  • 2019ArtsFest 2019 featured ecoartist Jesse Etelson’s native habitat installations.

  • 2018-2019Arts Council hosts “Serendipity in EcoArt” exhibit in the Court House Cultural Center featuring the fine art of Lucy Keshavarz and the drawings for the Ripple Project and community engagement process. (Nov 30 2018-Feb 14 2019)

  • 2016-2019County receives grant funding from NEA to hire Lucy Keshavarz to lead the Ripple Project, in the Palm City CRA.

  • 2014City of Stuart partners with community including the Arts Council of Martin County on the Mangrove Park Ecoart project

  • Solidarity Fish Project

  • 2012Jesse Etelson ecoartist and Women Supporting the Arts - East Stuart ecoart project

  • Jesse Etelson ecoartist and Arts Council of Martin County bring ecoart to South Fork High School ending with an exhibition at the Palm Room.

  • The capstone exhibition of Treasure Coast EcoArtists Jesse Etelson, Gail Kosowski, Mary Segal, Brenda Leigh and Jamie Powell provide us in this exhibition with a hopeful vision. (Dec 2010-Jan 2011)

  • The EcoArt Treasure Coast project was implemented for two years, 2009 through 2010 but has had a lasting effect on Martin County. This project introduced the concepts of ecoart to Martin County as a powerful tool to use in addressing our environmental concerns through the use of art. The Arts Council secured grant funding to bring this cutting edge concept to life, and since that time has seen projects sprout up that have roots from the original project.