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Eco Artist Mira Lehr Champions the Planet with “​​Continuum”

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Artist Mira Lehr, photo by Michael E. Fryd

Renowned eco artist Mira Lehr has championed environmental issues since 1969.

Nationally acclaimed eco artist Mira Lehr is considered one of the early pioneers in using artwork to bring attention to environmental issues, and her newest collection “Continuum” is no exception.

“I feel the urgency of both our global climate problems and our continuing need for progress for women in the arts,” Lehr says. “It is a privilege to be on the Earth and I believe we are meant to be a success on the planet.”

“If we can expand our thinking to cross borders and transcend places, our united vision for the planet can raise our awareness. It is this sense of hope and purpose that calls me to action through my art,” she added.

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"If we can expand our thinking to cross borders and transcend places, our united vision for the planet can raise our awareness. It is this sense of hope and purpose that calls me to action through my art,” she added.

Reproductive Genesis, by Mira Lehr (2021) Burned and dyed Japanese paper, handwriting, ink, and ignited gun powder on canvas (48” x 60”)

Continuum” is on display at the Kimpton EPIC Hotel in Miami, with the showing extended through April 25th in honor of Earth Day. The name of the collection pays tribute to one of the first and influential art collectives for women artists—also called Continuum—which Lehr co-founded in 1961. She chose the term Continuum to represent concepts of limitless, boundless ideas and powerful creativity.

Sunkissed from Within, by Mira Lehr (2022) Burned and dyed Japanese paper, handwriting, ink, and ignited gun powder on canvas (48” x 60”)

The inspiring artworks in the “Continuum” collection were created by Lehr in 2022 and 2021, and the pieces have never before been on exhibit. The collection is a part of Kimpton EPIC Hotel’s new EPIC Art initiative to feature local artists while advancing Miami’s vibrant art scene.

“Mira Lehr blazed trails as a woman artist in the 1950s during the male-dominated art scenes in New York and Miami’s mid-century era,” Ericka Nelson, general manager of Kimpton EPIC Hotel and director of operations for Kimpton’s Florida hotels, says.

Her Golden Hour, by Mira Lehr (2021). Burned and dyed Japanese paper, ignited fuses, gunpowder, charcoal handwriting on wood panels (84” x 153”)

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“Today, Lehr is recognized as one of the early influencers who helped Miami become an epicenter of creativity and diversity, and her art continues to inspire new generations throughout her six decades of propelling the art movement forward. The launch of our Hotel’s EPIC Art initiative has infused the visual arts into the guest experience—paying homage to the extraordinary creative talent that has served to make our city a cultural destination.”

Lehr’s influential art has championed environmental protection since 1969, when she was selected for Buckminster Fuller’s Spaceship Earth and World Game Project. The project pioneered the sustainability of global resources, with the mission ”to make the world work for 100% of humanity in the shortest possible time, without ecological damage.” 

She was one of only two artists chosen to participate in this important sustainability project. It was a turning point for Lehr, and saving the planet became the life-long focus of her artwork.

In addition to her exceptional exhibit, the eco artist will also be honored this year with a 400-page book about her life and art by Skira Editore, one of the leading art book publishers.

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