• virtual exhibition Making a Way South Bend Museum of Art


    Making A Way | Adaptation
    Artists: Andranik Aroutiounian, Pat Brentano, Rachel Burgess, Jennifer Celio, Joe Karlovec, Ken Reker, Shawn Rowe, Amy Schissel

    Pat Brentano: On her work and how the Coronavirus has affected her practice
    We have lost our connection to the natural world. We have destroyed suburban ecosystems by planting large areas of sterile, chemically treated grass, ornamental bushes and trees cut into balls and trimmed like lollipops. Nature is not neat. We fail to see its authenticity. Birds, bees, butterflies and their habitat are disappearing from the suburban landscape. According to Doug Tallamay in his book Nature’s Best Hope, “whether we like nature or not none of us will be able to live for long in a world without it.”

    Seven years ago, I transformed my yard into a native habitat to benefit migratory birds and pollinators. During this pandemic we have been forced to slow down, stay at home, sit in our yards and walk our neighborhoods. This quarantine in place has forced me to look deeper into what I previously generalized and introduced new and endless possibilities. If one good thing comes of this terrible situation nature has had a chance to cleanse, and we will have had more time to observe, even if it is only in our yards or through our windows.

  • Congruence


    Congruence, I like your work summer exhibition 2020
    juror Bridgette Mayer Bridgette Mayer Gallery

  • South Bend Museum, South Bend Indiana

    South Bend Museum, South Bend Indiana

    Oil and collage on board May 2020

  • Native Habitat

    Native Habitat

    Native Habitat, Monmouth Museum,Lincroft, NJ, 2020

  • Execution


    Art Fair14c, Hyatt Regency, Jersey City and
    Arts Annual, Morris Museum, Morristown, NJ, 2020

  • Using Nature to make art about Nature

    Using Nature to make art about Nature

    Artist Talk, Coffee Club in Manhattan, October 23, 2019

  • Green


    GREEN, The Foundry in West Stockbridge Ma. 2019

  • Endangered Bird Panel

    Endangered Bird Panel

    Endangered Bird Panel purchased from Founders Exhibition, Naples Art Association, Naples, Florida, 2018