Global Rivers Art HOME

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My name is Bernice Davidson. I am a professor of Art at Martin Methodist College in Pulaski, Tennessee, USA. My colleagues and I have been working on a global art exchange aimed at using art to educate people all over the world about the preciousness of our rivers and waterways.

So far we have art work to share from talented artists from three continents. We wish to both expand the art show by including art from all regions of our planet and to make the show available to institutions around the globe. Please read this invitation on the video page to the left.


  1. My name is Michaela Jacobs and I just arrived in Cordova, Alaska yesterday to participate in the Global Rivers Art project. The scenery is absolutely breath-taking, and I am really excited to explore some more and see as much as possible!

    Comment by Michaela Jacobs — July 31, 2009 @ 11:18 pm

  2. Thanks for starting this river health / human health art project. All aspects of human health ( physical, mental, and spiritual ) are touched by the rivers that surround and run through us. As an artist and a Cordova , Alaskan resident, I will promote the message.

    Comment by Mazie VanDenBroek — August 5, 2009 @ 7:04 am

  3. Hi,

    Comment by Jessie Bain — August 9, 2009 @ 4:53 am

  4. Hi,
    My name is Jessie I am one of Bernice’s students. She has taught me so much especially about life and how to live. I’ve joined her and many others in a project called Global Rivers. This project is designed to branch people of all different cultures and to bring them together for one cause, protecting the rivers and waterways of the world. Please join us so that we can plan for the future and protect our world for our children and grandchildren.

    Comment by Jessie Bain — August 9, 2009 @ 5:05 am

  5. Hello,
    My name is Todd Camp and I am one of Mrs. Bernice’s students whom she has taught so much about the rivers in our great world, and the dangers brought about when we abuse our flowing beauties. We all need to take a stand and, make a change to protect our waters. Our waters are so valuable to us in many ways form providing transportation, to quenching our thirst. Please be kind to our water and treat it with love. Always remember H2O MAKES THE WORLD FLOW!!!

    Comment by Todd Camp — August 9, 2009 @ 5:14 am

  6. Thanks Todd we really had a great trip

    Comment by gra — August 15, 2009 @ 6:27 pm

  7. Jessie, You couldn’t have stated this any clearer. Thankyou for helping make this dream come true

    Comment by gra — August 15, 2009 @ 7:09 pm

  8. Mazie,
    I am thrilled that you are enrolled in our project. Let’s work together!

    Comment by admin — August 15, 2009 @ 7:10 pm

  9. Michaela,
    You and the other five students from Martin Methodist College who went on this trip were a joy to have along. You created a wonderful artistic support group and you were good “ambassadores for the water”.

    Comment by admin — August 15, 2009 @ 7:14 pm

  10. People have always been drawn to rivers for the life sustaining riches they provide, water, food, and transit. Today many have forgotten the preciousness of our rivers. They have become toxic waste sites for our overflowing refuse and trash. Thankfully it is starting to change and the word is out. Hopefully we can turn around the damage that has been done to our precious network of water that is transported throughtout and over our globe.

    Comment by Dahna — August 17, 2009 @ 9:09 pm

  11. Thankyou Dahana, I agree

    Comment by admin — August 17, 2009 @ 11:41 pm

  12. Global Rivers Art has already brought so many artists together. I feel so fortunate to be a part of this blessed project.

    Comment by Jessie Lerner — August 18, 2009 @ 2:19 pm

  13. Hi, my name is Ashley. I, along with a few other Martin Methodist College students, joined Mrs. Bernice for an amazing trip to Cordova, AK. Our goal was to spread the word of the Global Rivers project, but I think we ended up getting so much more out of our trip. We all had a wonderful time being educated about the Exxon Valdez oil spill and how devastating it was to the communities on the Prince William Sound. The landscapes in and around Cordova were like something out of fiction, just breathtaking. I don’t consider myself an artist by any means, but even I was inspired by Alaska, that I began sketching some scenes and discovered something new that I enjoy. This trip has been a eye-opening, once in a lifetime experience and I will truly never forget it. I met some great people in Cordova, and in my own group as well. Thank Mrs. Bernice for allowing me to join you in this project and on the trip to Cordova.

    Comment by Ashley Baez — August 18, 2009 @ 6:33 pm

  14. Ashley, It was a pleasure to watch your creativity unfold. I’m so glad you came along!

    Comment by admin — August 20, 2009 @ 10:27 pm

  15. Jessie,
    You lent so much to this project. Let’s keep working together>

    Comment by admin — August 20, 2009 @ 10:28 pm

  16. It all starts through a simple awareness that our rivers and oceans are sacred. May the water have it’s time to express it’s need to be cared for through these artists paintings and may our awareness spread to all places that our sacred water lives. Aho thank you Bernice for dreaming this into existence may we all become stewards of this Earth and may it’s sacred waters flow clean. Peace

    Comment by Daniel Callarman — August 23, 2009 @ 1:16 am

  17. Daniel we need more people like your self who are committed to caring about our water.

    Comment by admin — August 23, 2009 @ 5:41 pm

  18. Bernice; What a great and interesting page!! I will check Utube next.

    The interaction between the water, the Earth and fire are dramatic. It’d be neat to work in an interplay with the Solar imagery too. (There are a number of Solar scientists at MSFC, anf that’s what they do.) Maybe juxtaposing the satellite imagery Earth and Sun, the natural beauty, and then affected areas where the natural systems are compromised.

    Also, I think the story on the Mayans was published in national geographic.


    Comment by Geoff Beech — August 25, 2009 @ 4:12 am

  19. Jeff, Your input and scientific point of view are so valuable to me a this point in the project. Including the satellite imagery of the rivers that we are addressing would be amazing to add to the exhibition.

    Comment by admin — August 26, 2009 @ 4:34 am

  20. Dear Bernice Davidson, You are an amazing woman doing amazing work. Heard Jane Goodall speak in New York last evening and your work exemplifies all that she speaks to. You are making a difference!
    Hollywood, FL

    Comment by Betty Usdan — September 4, 2009 @ 1:31 am

  21. It so great to have your beautiful woven tapestry as part of the River Art collection. Much appreciation, Betty

    Comment by admin — September 4, 2009 @ 4:21 am

  22. Congratulations! what a beautiful idea.The veins and arteries of the earth! sooooo important for all of us.and combined with Art,can t think of a better proposal.

    Comment by Nane Wenhammar — September 4, 2009 @ 10:44 pm

  23. Hello Nane,
    I just checked out your beautiful art work! I am wondering how you found us? I certainly appreciate your comment and I invite you to read the invitation and join the Art Exchange.

    Comment by admin — September 5, 2009 @ 5:46 am

  24. Hello, I am a freshman @ Martin Methodist, and Mrs. Bernice is my instructor for Art. She is a wonderful person. I am amazed by her painting, especially her paintings of the waters.

    Comment by Tina Bates — September 7, 2009 @ 5:24 am

  25. Tina and Brittany, It is so nice to have students like you who believe in my work. You guys make it fun to get up in the morning and go to work!

    Comment by admin — September 8, 2009 @ 1:47 am

  26. Dear Bernice,
    I truly enjoyed researching , and creating a painting for this most important topic. Air and water are the lifeline of our very existence . Yet, we pollute our waters and contaminate the air we breathe. We are realizing, somewhat late, the irreversible damages we have done to our environment , and are trying to provide a remedy for it, while at the same time we continue with our destructive behavior. The EARTH is a beautiful creation , unselfishly sharing her bounties with us, sustaining us. We must save Mother Earth by educating people the world over with strong visual images of our “bad deeds” . We must save our waterways.
    Thank you for all your efforts.

    Comment by Rolande Moorhead — September 10, 2009 @ 12:52 am

  27. thanks for adding such an amazing painting to our project Rolande.

    Comment by admin — September 10, 2009 @ 5:49 am

  28. Great work Bernice, I hope this helps to express out loud what the world needs to know about caring for the enviroment, especially water bodies. I surely will follow in your foot-steps.

    Comment by Christine Lumbasio — September 15, 2009 @ 3:41 am

  29. Thank you for taking on this wonderful project to help advocate for one of our most precious resources!
    Blessings to all of you!

    Comment by Laura K. — October 20, 2009 @ 12:26 pm

  30. My favorite painting is “Beauty Will Save The World”

    Comment by Tammy Kellar — February 11, 2010 @ 8:16 pm

  31. My favorite painting is “Beauty Will Save The World”. The array of colors in this display of naturalism is real beauty. I feel that this painting is a soothing way to portray the beauty this world can have without the pollution. This exhibit has really opened my eyes to the destruction that has come from pollution. Until now i was not aware how badly we are affected.

    Comment by Tammy Kellar — February 11, 2010 @ 8:28 pm

  32. Hi my name is Shelby Thompson. I am a student of Bernice’s. The art show was beautiful. My favorite painting was “The Legend of the New Year Ft. Lauderdale Florida”. I loved how the river formed a peace sign. It shows that there should be peace throughout the rivers. I loved It!

    Comment by Shelby Thompson — February 12, 2010 @ 1:35 pm

  33. Hi my name is Magen Smith and i would like to comment on this art work because it is so inspireing to me! This peice stands out to me because its like God is looking over the river and trying to make it better. I think this part is abstract art. This art work is hopefully going to make a change in some peoples live. This art work is trying to tell people that it is not a good idea to put thier trash in the rivers because it trashes the earth and the place that the river surrounds. And I am a freshman student at Martin Methodist College and I am trying to help my Art Teacher out to get people to help her with her Global Art Exchange. Thanks so very much for giving me the time to write about this painting. Mrs. Bernice I hope everything gose good for you and hope things make a turn around with these rivers.

    Comment by Magen Smith — February 12, 2010 @ 2:35 pm

  34. The Global Rivers are an amazing and inspiring cause to be in. People should help clean the waters not just for the people in the day and age but for future people to come. I hope that everything works out and that people start to open up there eyes and see what is going on around them. Martin Methodist Student Magen Smith..

    Comment by Magen Smith — February 12, 2010 @ 6:07 pm

  35. This is a very fine peice of art and it is very inspering to me!

    Comment by Magen Smith — February 16, 2010 @ 10:41 pm

  36. I am one of Bernice’s students and I think this is an amazing project that more people should become aware of. The idea that our rivers are being destroyed due to our inability to take care of them is disheartening. Hopefully more people will realize the damage that is being caused now will result in future generations lack of nature’s true beauty, because we will have slowly killed it’s exsistance.

    Comment by Jazmine Sepulveda — February 19, 2010 @ 5:49 am

  37. The paintings that have been created are perfect for this project. Each one has a different persepective of how the rivers are viewed by a variety of artists. Each painting is genuine and shows how badly the water sources have been treated. In many aspects people are very unaware of their surroundings and by us being unaware it causes us to be careless in our efforts to help mother nature.

    Comment by Josh Marks — February 19, 2010 @ 6:04 am

  38. Hi, my name is Sarah, I am one of Mrs. Bernice’s students as well. I really enjoyed the global rivers art show here at Martin Methodist. It has taught me so much about the conditions of water out there. So many people have to live with this daily while I can go buy bottled water or safely swim in a lake or ocean and drink from a tap, where other people living in other countries are suffering from pollution in their water and need a river for so many everyday things like washing their hands or clothes or even gathering a drink. The paintings in this exhibit really opened my eyes to this water crisis but they did it in such a beautiful way. There is talent to be seen in these paintings and the beauty in it all is that this talent shown by people suffering can hopefully catch the attention of others who want to help…

    Comment by Sarah Eighmy — February 22, 2010 @ 3:20 pm

  39. This is a nice exhibit and it talks bout how we should keep the water clean keep it up. Carlean

    Comment by Carlean Holden — February 28, 2010 @ 6:09 am

  40. I believe the paintings from the Global Rivers art show show the side of us that we all dont want to admit. Each and everyone of us pollute the earth in some way or another. I believe these paintings put a name to issue. They not only visually show us but these paintings physically make us aware of the issues that we want to try to hide. Our water systems are very important and I believe we need programs like this one to show the world that we are causing significant damage and if we dont fix it we will soon be left with nothing..

    Comment by Britnee Sisk — March 1, 2010 @ 3:49 pm

  41. My honored pleasure to meet and be part of this beautiful, good project.

    Comment by Cecilia Walsh — July 8, 2010 @ 4:01 pm

  42. Cecelia,
    Meeting you was a pure delight. It is magical thinkers like yourself that brought this dream into reality. Let’s see what is next together.

    Comment by admin — July 8, 2010 @ 6:18 pm

  43. I am a first year student of Ms.Davidson’s and I believe in her and all she is doing to inspire us all.This is a very important project and I for one would like to say THANK YOU to everyone involved.We take our water for granted everyday and this is a wonderful way of making us all aware how easily our very much needed natural recource could dissapear.

    Comment by Shanda — September 23, 2010 @ 1:45 am

  44. My name is Cofie and I am one of Bernice’s students. I believe this is a wonderful project. I grew up with creeks completely surrounding my house, and my family still uses spring water as our main water supply. However, over the years, I have seen just the water sources around our house abused repeatedly. We have found everything from beer cans to a garage door floating in our precious creeks. I am glad this issue is getting some attention before its too late.

    Comment by Cofie Toy — September 23, 2010 @ 5:35 pm

  45. Cofie, I am glad to have a student that really understands how important this is. Let’s Go!!

    Comment by admin — September 23, 2010 @ 8:26 pm

  46. As one of Bernices’s students I can testify that this project is of the utmost importance to her. I have seen few people as passionate about a cause as she is. I hope that everyone who visits the website will have that same fire lit in their heart and soul. Our rivers are priceless, as the veins of our planet they carry unused water back the Ocean to be sent back to bless us yet again and again… but: due to human indiffrence our rivers are suffering more and more each year.Even as entire ecosystems fade and die most see no harm in useing the nearest creek as a garbage dump or allowing thousands of tons of pesticides and fertilizers to poison major rivers and lakes. We must speak out now before it it to late. we owe it to our rivers our ocean, our planet, but most importantly we owe it to our children.

    Spread the word!!

    Comment by ZQ — September 24, 2010 @ 1:21 am

  47. Andrew, This is a wonderful post. So glad to hear your thoughts on the senseless pollution of our water ways.

    Comment by admin — September 24, 2010 @ 4:12 am

  48. Our bodies are an extension of the earth and each of us can begin by respecting the sacred waters within our selves. Love your body and love the soil and waters of our earth – these things go hand in heart and cannot be separated. Know this every day, feel this every day and make decisions from this place as a daily practice. Bernice Davidson and the work of her students is changing our worlds waters both within and without.

    Comment by Julie Lerner — September 30, 2010 @ 10:17 am

  49. Julie, I’m so glad to receive your comment. It is going to take a sea change in the people if we are going to regenerate our planetts rivers.

    Comment by admin — October 2, 2010 @ 3:36 pm

  50. Huge congratulations to Bernice and her staff and students who make this project possible! I’ve watched the evolution of this and it’s just amazing. We so need to acknowledge the sacred waters and inspire everyone to care for them. We can start at home blessing and thanking the water out of the tap, and the morning dew and the rain as it falls. Blessings on the whole earth and its waters and peoples!

    Comment by Kathleen Rosemary — October 4, 2010 @ 4:05 pm

  51. last few days our class held a similar discussion on this subject and you point out something we haven’t covered yet, appreciate that.

    – Laura

    Comment by Contact Form — October 5, 2010 @ 6:44 pm

  52. Kathleen, I’m so glad you mentioned this idea of blessing and thanking the water from our tap. It is always good to be grateful for our gift but, also this gratitude is what keeps me from become discouraged as I learn the stories of the individual rivers.

    Comment by admin — October 9, 2010 @ 1:47 am

  53. Hello,
    My name is David Helmonteler and I am the president of the art club and working for Mrs. Bernice whom she has taught so much about the rivers in our great world, and the dangers brought about when we abuse our flowing beauties. We all need to do what’s right if we know how much this means to us and, make a change to protect our waters. Our waters are so valuable to us in many ways form providing transportation, to quenching our thirst. Please be kind to our water and treat it with love. After all, water is part of our survival and cannot be denied.!

    Comment by David Helmonteler — October 21, 2010 @ 1:46 am

  54. David,

    Man, I must admit I got a bit choaked up reading your thoughts. It is nice to have young people to agree with on such important issues, it gives me faith in life.

    Comment by admin — October 22, 2010 @ 12:47 am

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  62. Some amazing artwork, some are even better than I could produce! The global art exchange aimed at using art to educate people all over the world about the preciousness of our rivers and waterways is a wonderful idea. I’m excited to see where this goes.

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  64. Hello, my name is Autumn Corbin and I am one of Mrs. Bernice’s art students. I wish I could be as passionate about this project as Mrs. Bernice. I actually haven’t even thought about the river water until she opened up my eyes to this issue. Once we started discussing this during class, I really got to thinking about how this is a huge issue that will affect the world not to long from now. When I think about my grand kids it makes me even more scared for what is going to happen. If we had to fight for clean drinking water, we wouldn’t know what to do in today’s society. If something is not done about this, we WILL have to fight for water just to drink, bathe, and other daily things with! SAVE THE RIVERS!!!!!

    Comment by Autumn Corbin — February 9, 2011 @ 11:02 pm

  65. Wow Autumn, you have made my day. It feels so good to know that someone is really getting it about the water issue. you make all my talking and actions worth it. Thanks so much for the comment!

    Comment by admin — February 11, 2011 @ 2:46 am

  66. Autumn, the day to day choices you make in support of maintaining our public water supply, ie. using a steel water bottle instead of plastic pre-packaged water bottles, really makes a difference. This is a grassroots movement and you are part of making a change in consciousness! Thank you for your enthusiasm.

    -Dharmaja (Editor)

    Comment by Dharmaja — February 13, 2011 @ 6:34 pm

  67. Hey! My name is McKayla DeRidder and I am one of Mrs. Bernice’s art students. I had never really thought about the rivers until my first time in class. I want to be just as passionate about the issue as my teacher. I can honeslty say that this issues scares me because if we do not fix this problem, over time we will not have water for SMIPLE things!!! I believe our class at Martin Methodist College can reach out to others and show the importance of this growing problem!! I am very happy that we have people like this to show the world what is happening!! THANK YOU

    Comment by McKayla DeRidder — February 14, 2011 @ 6:03 pm

  68. McKaylaI just love this post. i respect your passion about this issue. Students like you are my gift!

    Comment by admin — February 16, 2011 @ 12:05 am

  69. Hi,
    I’m a student of Mrs. Bernice’s, and I just want to say what a wonderful, inspiring person she is. I am a Senior and I took her art class because I’ve always been interested, but never pursued it. Now that I am in the class I have a whole new perspective about art, and the world around me. She doesn’t just teach my class, she has opened my eyes to things I’ve never thought of. This Global Rivers Art project is a wonderful idea. I knew about the bottling companies, and how we intoxicate our waters, but I didn’t know anything could be done. I’m so glad to know there are people who are truly concerned, and I plan on following in their footsteps. Even if they are small !! I have a steel water bottle to carry around now! Thank You Mrs. Bernice!

    Comment by Kailee Hunsucker — February 21, 2011 @ 4:42 am

  70. Wow Kailee, What a lovely comment. I am so glad you are taking this information to heart. All we can do in these times is make one connection at a time. That is how we make a difference. Thank you Kailee.

    Comment by admin — March 6, 2011 @ 9:53 pm

  71. Hello, In 2009 I send you my mixed media on canvas, the name was “VIDA Y MUERTE” together with a comment about the contamination of rivers. Since that date I’ve been trying to know were it has been presented.
    Would you be so kind to send me a list of the places for my curriculum?
    I’m so happy to be a part of this project.
    Hope to hear back from you soon!
    Best regards!

    Comment by Myriam de la Riva — February 10, 2012 @ 7:35 pm

  72. Hello Miriam the global rivers art has been on display in Martin Methodist College Pulaski TN The Valdez Museum in Valdez Alaska. The Rose Butler Gallery in Lawrenceberg TN, The Intergenerational School in Cleveland Ohio. The Shaker Lakes Nature Center in Shaker Hieghts Ohio. Most of the Mexico paintings are in mexico City awaiting the rest of the collection which will arrive in the end of June. Thank you so much for your particiapation Myriam!

    Comment by admin — February 28, 2012 @ 6:35 pm

  73. My hats off to Ms. Bernice Davidson,as she has been a great asset in raising concerns for the expanded water resource delution on a global level. Living in Giles County, Tennessee(USA), I am lucky to have water at my fingertips, but I am under no elusion that this water will remain as clean and as affordable for generations to come. While in college duriing the 70’s a teacher commented “that in your life time you will pay for TV and water! What an odd comment I thought at the time.

    Ms. Davidson, has lead many projects through her incredible talent, to give us thought to others, our resources and our heritage, may god keep her inspiration and her talent continuing for many years to come.

    Comment by Pj Drayton — March 22, 2013 @ 2:44 pm

  74. Hello ! I´m Karel Cazarez and i was participate in the special class with the teacher Berenice Davidson! thanks for give me this fabolus experience! and i see you soon !! 🙂 !!

    Comment by Karel Cazarez — June 5, 2013 @ 7:28 pm

  75. please I would like to be a partner

    Comment by charles mwiriza — July 30, 2013 @ 10:48 am

  76. Hello Karel so good to hear from you your painting is hanging in the gallery at martin Methodist College!

    Comment by admin — May 1, 2014 @ 4:20 pm

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