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  • About Fierce Lament

    I understand the loss that leads to despair…

    It has happened to us and is happening to the land, the breaking of the heart of creation. - Linda Hogan

    Fierce Lament brings together artists, galleries, environmentalists, writers, Indigenous leaders, and other collaborators in inquiry and co-creation in recognition of Earth Day, 2016. Offering art, social practice engagements and other experiences in a variety of disciplines, Fierce Lament is an investigation into the sorrow of an ailing planet and what artists and others might do to heal her wounds.


    Fierce Lament is being coordinated by artist and Form + Content Gallery guest curator Camille Gage. It’s a banner for co-promoting events, pop-ups, talks and teach-ins at spaces across the metro. Fierce Lament is inspired by the belief that artists have a role to play as we try to create a sustainable future.


    To host an event or be a part of Fierce Lament email fiercelament@gmail.com



    To add your event to the calendar email fiercelament@gmail.com

    Community Calendar


    March 4

    6 – 9PM

    The River: Memory and Metaphor on the Mississippi

    Opening reception

    MN Center for Book Arts


    The River will not only display a diversity of techniques, methods and approaches as they pertain to book, paper and print, but will also demonstrate the variety of ways the Mississippi has influenced and guided artists in their creative practice. It will be a dynamic exhibition that demonstrates the communicative power of narrative in relation to America’s greatest river.


    Mar 22

    World Water Day



    Mar 25 to April 1st

    Mni’Sota River Water Walk

    Nibi Walk


    Walk of the MNi’Sota River led by Sharon Day


    April 5


    Moral Action in a Changing Climate

    MN Interfaith Power and Light

    FB event


    St Andrews Lutheran Church

    900 Stillwater Rd, Mahtomedi, MN 55115

    A positive, solution-focused discussion with Paul Douglas. Paul is breaking ground in his approach to our changing climate. He will explain how caring for the environment is caring for people – and how we can leave a positive legacy for our children and grandchildren; a livable world with less waste and suffering.


    April 10 to 21

    6PM Reception on Saturday, April 16

    At A Loss

    Island Gallery

    2222 1/2 East 35th Street, Minneapolis, MN 55407

    At A Loss is a solo exhibition of work created by the artist Sarita Zaleha while on residency in Iceland. This work is an invitation to make connections and establish relationships with the environment and its elements. It also encourages the viewer to explore the form of the net and networked systems, particularly the financial exchanges of global capitalism, a system that has contributed greatly to global warming.

    For more info check out the Facebook event.


    April 16



    MN Center for Book Arts


    WaterWays is an open-house event that is open to all ages for free workshops in MCBA’s studios. Offered in conjunction with the exhibition, The River.


    April 17

    9 to 10AM

    Earth Sunday Presentation

    St Joan of Arc


    A special service and celebration of Earth in word, song and pictures.


    April 18-22


    Water Action Week

    Throughout the week, Governor Dayton, Lieutenant Governor Smith, and our state commissioners will be traveling throughout Minnesota to focus attention on resources and actions that help conserve and protect our most precious resource: water. They’ll also visit schools to talk to kids about the importance of clean water. Complete schedule to be released April 18 - watch for more here!


    April 19

    6 to 9PM

    The Visibility Cloak

    Produced by Sustainable We/MPLSGreen.com

    Hosted by Mikki Morrissette

    Location: the Club Room at Red Stag

    How are we making the rape and brutality of our land/air/water and people visible? An open temporary installation about the power of data, imagery, citizen video, personal storytelling. 7-8pm forum: We'll hear from Healthy Legacy and the Center for Earth, Energy and Democracy about toxins. We'll spotlight Sarah Super's "Break the Silence" movement around rape. How are we making Black Lives Matter?


    April 21

    7 to 9PM

    Wild Wonders: Words of the World

    Produced by Word Sprout

    Location: The Club Room at Red Stag

    Poetry reading hosted by Alison Broeren and Word Sprout


    April 22

    6 – 9PM

    Fierce Lament at Form + Content Gallery Artist's Reception

    Form + Content Gallery


    Exhibition featuring the work of Alyssa Bagus, Jonee Brigham, Andrea Carlson, Sean Connaughty, Heid Erdrich, Greg Euclid, Camille Gage, Kara Faye Gregory, Meena Mangalvedhekar, lela Pierce, Deborah Ramos, Dana Sikkila, and Cameron Zebrun. Curated by Camille Gage,

    Reception is free and open to the public.


    April 23

    Resilient Faith: The Greening of Religions on a Tough New Planet

    MN Interfaith Power and Light


    As part of an ongoing interfaith collaboration, Minnesota Interfaith Power and Light and Hamline University are welcoming Rev. Dr. Timothy Eberhart to the Twin Cities for a conversation on "Resilient Faith: The Greening of Religions on a Tough New Planet".


    April 23

    9:30 AM to Noon

    Lake Hiawatha Clean Up

    Minneapolis Park Board

    Enjoy snacks, discuss water quality issues and help clean this beautiful lake! Join the Minneapolis Park Board and communities members at the Nokomis Community Center for the Earth Day Lake Hiawatha Clean Up.

    Nokomis Community Center, 2401 E Minnehaha Ave, MPLS

    More information available here.


    April 23

    1 - 4PM

    Earth Day Comes to Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts!

    Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts


    A special edition of Banfill-Locke's Family Art Sunday to commemorate Earth Day 2016! Including art activities and an indoor/outdoor scavenger hunt that incorporates the current gallery show. Head out for a fun day of art and enjoy the grounds of Banfill-Locke, Manomin Park and the Mississippi River!


    April 28

    5:00 to 6:00 PM

    Sharon Day, Water Walker

    All My Relations Gallery

    This event features Sharon Day, Water Walker, and founder of the Nibi Walk initiative. Day will be performing Ojibwe song and ladies drum. There will also be a Nibi Walk film screening.


    In conjunction with Synthesis, new paintings by Aza Erdrich.


    April 28

    7:30 PM

    Salt of the Earth

    Casket Cinema


    Casket Cinema will show the documentary film, Salt of the Earth.

    Free will donations encouraged.


    May 1

    Time: 7 PM

    Love Nocturnal unplugged for Fierce Lament

    Music by the band Love Nocturnal and other guests TBA.

    The Club Room at Red Stag

    Love Nocturnal is a new music fusion project out of Minneapolis, with the pulse of Americana and a spirit that spans genres. This concert will feature the group's songwriters Renée Copeland and Kalen Rainbow Keir.


    May 12

    7 PM

    Fierce Lament: A Poetry Reading

    Hosted by JoyFace and MPLS Write Now

    At Form + Content Gallery, Paula Cisewski hosts.


    Featuring Paula Cisewski, Francine Conley, M.J. Gette, G.E. Patterson and Juliet Patterson.


    May 12

    7:30 PM

    Live Arts: performance curated by Laurie Van Wieren

    Presented by Soo Visual Arts Center and Silverwood Regional Park.

    SooVAC and Laurie Van Wieren's Live Arts are taking a field trip to Silverwood Park. Join us for this FREE spring performance.
    Megan Mayer with performer Matt Regan
    Abigail Whitmore (aka Abby Johnson)
    Brenna Mosser with Daniel Uphues, Jenny Thelen, H.Uyen Nguyen and Colton Mosser. 
    We will meet at the visitor center. Refreshments and a stroll through this gorgeous park included!

    See the Facebook event for complete information!


    May 12 – July 31

    Times - see website

    Seeds of Change

    MN Museum of American Art

    MMAA Project Space


    An exhibition of photographs, video, and stories by Minneapolis multimedia artist and digital storyteller Mike Hazard, co-presented with the Hmong American Farmers Association.


    May 22

    9AM – 4PM

    Youth Be The Spark

    Minnesota Interfaith Power and Light


    A youth-oriented day of environmental learning where young leaders can gain inspiration to take the lead in creating the kind of world where we meet everyone’s needs fully and fairly, maintain community resilience in the face of challenges and nurture respect and joy in the creative Spirit of life on Earth. In coordination with Positive Energy Outdoors we will venture onto a lake to kayak, work with horses, and go rock climbing! We'll also enjoy a warm lunch and fun, experiential workshop.









  • Who We Are

    The work is serious but our methods are rooted in love of life and gratitude for this day. 

    Here. Now. Happy. 

    Camille Gage

    Artist, water walker, project organizer, lamenter in chief

    Emily Bauermeister

    Artist, designer, project intern, saver of sanity.

    Paula Cisewski

    Poet, organizer of poets, general enthusiast.

    Kara Faye Gregory

    Artist, printmaker, fan of Cher.


    Mother, muse and inspiration. 

    Greta Kotz

    Arist, illustrator, project and gallery intern, enviro-gal.


    Di Cui

    Art historian, anthropologist, project and gallery intern.

    Loves to take pictures.

  • Big Thanks

    Thanks to these organizations, businesses and individuals for being part of the village.

    Red Stag Supper Club/The Club Room

    Form + Content Gallery

  • Connect With Us

    Email fiercelament@gmail.com or connect through Facebook or Twitter.




  • Fierce Lament at Form + Content Gallery

    An exhibition featuring the work of 12 artists responding to issues of environmental stewardship, global climate change, and the human relationship with nature. Curated by Camille J. Gage

    Opening reception on Earth Day: April 22, 2016 - 6 to 9 PM

    Poetry reading May 12 at the Club Room at Red Stag

    Exhibition runs April 14 through May 14


    Alyssa Baguss 

    Learn more about Alyssa and her work at alyssabaguss.com 

    Jonee Kulman Brigham

    Power Basket

    Learn more about Jonee and her work at fullspringstudio.com

    Andrea Carlson


    Learn more about Andrea and her work at mikinaak.com

    Sean Connaughty

    Ark of the Anthropocene 

    Learn more about Sean and his work at seanconnaughty.com

    Heid E. Erdrich

    Pre-Occupied: a video poem

    Learn more about Heid and her work at heiderdrich.com

    Kara Faye Gregory

    Fierce Lament broadside

    Learn more about Kara Faye and her work karafayegregory.tumblr.com

    Meena Mangalvedhekar

    When all journeys lead to the same island

    Learn more about Meena and her work at meenanew.com

    Lela Pierce

    Impulsive Whispers

    Learn more about Lela and her work at www.mnartists.org/lela-pierce or ananyadancetheatre.org 

    Deborah Ramos 

    Wiconi Zentli/Life Corn

    Learn more about Deborah and her work at www.mnartists.org/dramos

    Dana Sikkila

    Murphy's Boston Bees

    Learn more about Dana and her work at danasikkila.com or the410project.com

    Cameron Zebrun


    Learn more about Cameron and his work at  cameronzebrunart.com

    Camille J. Gage


    Learn more about Camille and her work at gageart.net or iamwaterproject.com.

    Paula Cisewski


    Learn more about Paula and her work at www.paulacisewski.com

    Francine Conley


    Learn more about Francine and her work at francineconley.com

    M. J. Gette


    G.E. Patterson


    Learn more about G.E. and his work at poetry.org

    Juliet Patterson


    Learn more about Juliet and her work at julietpatterson.com