CURRENTLY IN THE GALLERY

Artwork on display in the Gallery at 42 Maple changes monthly. See this month’s current exhibition below. To see the art gallery schedule or apply to be a featured artist, please visit the Gallery Schedule page.

May 3 – June 3, 2019

JOHN TULLY
SHIFTING SANDS

Opening Reception
Friday, May 3, 2019 at 7-9 pm

This ongoing work was first published online by National Geographic and is the recipient of a 2018 grant from the Archive of Documentary Arts Collection Awards for Environmental Change from Duke University.

The Outer Banks is a string of barrier islands along North Carolina’s coast which brings in nearly $1 billion a year through tourism-related spending, the bulk of the season lasting just four months, from June through September. The islands and its people (whether locals or natives) have always coexisted among challenges associated with inhabiting the naturally migrating barrier islands. In many ways, developing on this thin strip of shifting sand is like building permanent, often multi-million dollar structures on a sandbar.

In 2010, state officials said the ocean could rise 39 inches over the next 100 years, all but eliminating the Outer Banks. The announcement spurred heated debate between the real-estate industry, businesses, and environmentalists. Lobbyists took to the state house convincing elected officials that admitting the data would mean an almost certain increase to property insurance and a decrease in property value. Business owners and investors called it a death sentence to the economy of the coastal communities. North Carolina became ground zero for the denial of climate change as lawmakers not only dismissed sea level rise based on non-scientific conclusions but worked to limit the original findings through a newer, more short-term analysis all but ignoring a future plan of action.