“We have torrential rains that go on for days,” Mitchum recently told the Florida Senate’s Committee on Infrastructure and Security. “It’s going to get worse as the climate continues to warm. Not only are seas rising and rain intensifying, but the warming climate also has allowed invasive species and tropical diseases to extend northward into Florida,” said Dr. Mitchum.
For this new exhibition in Orlando, Lehr points her artistic spotlight to recent news about how the dangers of Climate Armageddon are already encroaching into Central Florida.
Waters are overflowing from local lakes into homes, forcing residents to abandon their properties (weather.com/news/news/2019-10-01-rising-lakes-gotha-flood-orlando). This Orlando neighborhood is worried that changing weather patterns brought about by climate change could make this worse.
“I created these works to sound a clarion call for awareness and action,” says Lehr.
Mira Lehr’s new exhibition High Water Mark runs (January 24 - May 10) the Mennello Museum of American Art in Orlando, Florida.