Art Ventures presents Goal 14, Water for Life, an exhibition on view at the Art Ventures Gallery in Fayetteville from Sept.1 – Oct. 30. The exhibition will feature works by four Latinx artists: Lourdes Valverde, David Gómez, Briseida Ochoa, and Dexta Rodríguez.

The opening public reception for the exhibit will be held during First Thursday on Sept. 1, from 5-8:30 p.m. at the gallery, 20 S. Hill Ave. in Fayetteville. Regina Buono, a local lawyer and policy expert working toward innovation, adaptive solutions, and community resilience in water governance, will speak during the event and provide more information on how we can develop better practices.

The reception will be free and open to the public. Beverages and refreshments are provided by Art Ventures, with a donation from Core Brewing. Parking is limited, so attendees are encouraged to use the shuttle that runs every 15 minutes from the bus stop at Church and Center to the Art Ventures Gallery.

The name of the exhibition is taken from the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Goal 14, Water for Life focuses on our relationship with water and the unsustainable practices and plastics contamination that greatly threaten that relationship.

Each artist will contribute works in a variety of mediums, including a room-sized sensory art installation entitled, “Under the Sea”. One of the featured artists, David Gomez, says of the exhibition, “I see it as an opportunity to share with our communities about our impact on the environment. We can all do something to help; one habit at at time. Our role as artists is to share images that will compel audiences into action.”

After Art Ventures, the exhibition will also be featured in ACANSA Gallery in North Little Rock and River Valley Art Center in Russellville. More details on the tour are available at the Goal 14 website. While at Art Ventures additional works by the featured artists will be shown on the 2nd floor of the Gallery and through the Art Ventures website.

Featured image courtesy of Art Ventures NWA: “Agua de Plastico” by Briseida Ochoa

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