Unnatural Causes: Art of a Critical Nature | Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts

Unnatural Causes: Art of a Critical Nature

Chaney Gallery, 2nd floor

Reception to be held on Thursday, March 19 from 5:30 - 7 pm.


Blake Conroy, Definition of Monoculture and detail (right)

Unnatural Causes celebrates the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day with a show about climate change and biodiversity. The group exhibition is curated by and features work by Four Alarm Artists, a collective group founded by Blake Conroy, Bridget Parlato and Lynne Parks. It is part of a series of exhibitions and speaking events about environmental issues – cultivated by Four Alarm Artists– throughout the region.


Blake M Conroy holds a BFA from Maryland Institute, College of Art, graduating Magna Cum Laude. Blake is a recipient of a Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Award. In a world that commodifies nature, Blake shows us the individuality of every living thing. After drawing and laser-cutting images of the same subject viewed from different perspectives, he layers these multimedia sheets atop each other, forcing the viewer to look closely enough to recognize minute differences. Blake disseminates his message through art: we must preserve and protect the richness of our world—replete as it is with unique, particular things.

Blake enjoyed an artist’s residency at Glo’Art in Belgium in April 2018. Blake is represented by the Carla Massoni Gallery in Chestertown Md. He has worked and shown in the Baltimore area for 35 Years. In 2018, his work was included in 15 shows across the country, from Hawaii to Vermont.


Bridget Parlato’s work as a designer/artist/activist in Baltimore is a mix of cause-related and community work. Living in Charm City has shaped what, why and how she creates in a variety of mediums. Since starting Full Circuit Studio (art/graphic design) and Baltimore Trash Talk (an anti-trash initiative) seven years ago, her work has blended. Sculptures have become campaigns and trash has become wearable art.

With the loss of both parents in 2017 in the span of 10 months, she started new work in metalsmithing and jewelry making. Her work makes use of found objects, repurposed items, and street trash resulting in a Juror's Choice award, a scholarship at Baltimore Jewelry Center and two pieces included in the online exhibition of Ethical Metalsmith's 2018 So Fresh + So Clean exhibition.


Parlato, (left) Cigarette Planet and  (right) Pollinator Bird No. 2

Parlato has been grant-funded for four years (BGE Green Grant) to continue a school recycling outreach program through Baltimore Trash Talk. Her work with a purpose can be seen on www.fullcircuitstudio.com and on Facebook at Baltimore Trash Talk.


Lynne Parks was born and raised in Northern Virginia. She has been a resident of Baltimore, MD since 2003. She has a BA from Hollins University with an independent major in creative writing/theater/film studies. She is the Outreach Coordinator for Lights Out Baltimore, a bird conservation and wildlife rescue organization. She is a practicing visual artist, curator, writer, and performer.


Lynn Parks, 1 day, 52 birds, Photography

 "I’m a volunteer with Lights Out Baltimore, a bird conservation/wildlife rescue organization. We monitor downtown Baltimore for bird/glass collisions during migration, transport injured birds to a wildlife rehabilitator, and advocate for bird-friendly building practices. On Nov. 3, my  monitoring partner and I had our worst day, finding 52 dead and 6 injured birds as we walked around our data set, 20 buildings." - Lynne Parks

 Artist List

Krista Caballero and Frank Ekeberg

Kini Collins 

Blake Conroy 

Cathy Cook 

Brent Crothers

Deborah Donelson 

Laure Drogoul 

Donald Edwards 

Nicole Fall

Helen Glazer  

Andrea Huppert 

Cinder Hypki 

Janet Little Jeffers 

Ashley Kidner 

Jennifer McBrien 

Lynne Parks 

Bridget Parlato

Jess Rassp 

Chris Siron

Peter Stern