Nature and our relationship to it examined in exhibition

Catherine Bell Smith's exhibition “Visible Evidence” is teeming with life despite being made largely from materials gathered from nature's scrap heap. Leaves, stems, pods, barks and more are combined with various other materials in a variety of presentations for this work, on exhibit at the Shot Tower Gallery through Oct. 13.

Smith's collection of these natural materials was inspired by their physical beauty and her scientific curiosity. But an overarching question — “What are we responsible for?” — informed both the collecting and the creation of the works in “Visible Evidence.”

“There's an environmental awareness” at work in the exhibition, Smith said in an interview at the gallery. “Remember your responsibility. Employ respect and reverence. It's something I've learned in my gardening and landscaping.”

From large-scale pieces using chunks of sycamore bark to intimate works featuring delicate materials placed under bell jars to an installation celebrating life in the water, on land and in the air, “Visible Evidence” tells stories both universal and personal.