Canary in the Coal Mine Project

Lynn Peterfreund

Did you know that North America has lost 30% of its bird species since the 1970s?  That 2/3 of North American Birds face extinction from rising global temperatures?  Help us raise awareness of their fragility through your art.

As part of Zea Mays Printmaking’s participation in Extraction: Art on the Edge of the Abyss, we are inviting any artist interested in collaborating with us to join in the Canary in the Coal Mine Project.   Let’s create a visual reminder of the birds we will lose if we don’t take action on the climate crisis now.  Help raise a ruckus about their habitat loss.  Get to know a specific bird and show us its uniqueness.  Speak up with your printmaking!

How it works:

  • $10 to participate 
  • You commit to up-cycling a old printing plate to use for the project, or we will send you a used printing plate from our research projects – approximates size 4″ x 6″, 4″ x 4″  (copper, or aluminum) – your choice as long as our supply lasts. (you’re helping us recycle used metal!)
  • You select a bird from the Audubon Society’s list of 389 Bird Species on the brink of survival due to habitat loss from climate change and deforestation.
  • You make an image of the bird you selected using the plate we give you.  You can choose to do your bird on top of the image already on the plate, scrape down the plate, or use the back.  You can make an etching, a drypoint, an engraving, use the plate for monoprinting – it’s up to you.
  • You print a small edition from the plate (variable editions ok) on any paper that is 8″ x 10″ (20 cm x 25.5 cm).
  • You send us 5 signed and numbered prints from the plate and keep the rest.
  • Prints are due on a rolling basis up until October 1, 2021.
  • We include the prints in our Green to the Extreme exhibitions, create portfolios from entries, sell prints to raise money to fund our research and donate 50% to the Audubon Society.
  • We all raise awareness about these threatened species and contribute to the ruckus!

Entry form

$10 participation fee ‐

Canary in the Coal Mine Exhibitions 
December 2021 – Hosmer Gallery, Northampton, MA