Peabody Essex Museum’s New Exhibition Makes a Splash

SALEM, MA.- This summer, the Peabody Essex Museum (PEM) dives into the dynamic, varied and beautiful world of water to present Ripple Effect, The Art of H2O. Inspired by natural phenomena such as fog, snowflakes and geysers, the 16 artists featured in Ripple Effect explore water in its liquid, gas and solid states as a rich source for creative expression. The exhibition presents artworks in a variety of mediums, including blown glass, photography, clay and sound, and challenges visitors to consider this life-sustaining substance often taken for granted. On view in PEM’s interactive Art & Nature Center, Ripple Effect opened to the public on June 18, 2011. “Not a moment goes by that we don’t encounter water. It surrounds us in the air we breathe and fills every cell in our bodies, yet we rarely take notice of it – except when we don’t have enough of it or encounter too much of it,” says Jane Winchell, curator of Ripple Effect and PE