Artist, Advocate, & Activist: Ashley Anne Strobridge
Art, Science, Magic, Nature, Truth, Justice, Music, Love, & Creativity: Through Astrobridge Artistry, I aim to Communicate the Magic & Wonder of Nature, hoping to make the beauty & healing powers of the natural world accessible & inviting to all. As someone w/ multiple disabilities & limited mobility myself, I pride myself on interpreting the inherent beauty of easily accessible Natural places, showing that you don’t need to be able to climb a rocky mountain trail to enjoy Nature. Whether it is on a dirt road two steps from my car door, on an accessible nature path, or on my own balcony in my “Garden in the Sky!” showing that Nature can be surprisingly accessible is one of main missions. I also aim to hold up Nature as an inspiration for creativity, because all of us need a place to escape to, especially in these times, whether through a journey through a photo or reading a book, or through a walk in the woods, or all three! The links between Nature, Magic, and Science are endless, and showing that you can educate about Ecology & Justice Issues while at the same time tapping into Childhood Wonder and Fantasy is yet another of my goals with Astrobridge Artistry.
A social justice- & eco-activist w/ an academic & career background in, & deeply established family history in, Environmental Policy, I’m an Artist, Poet, Photographer, Writer, Performer, & Musician who is Maverick in Gender, and a vegetarian, disabled, FATabulous Woman on a mission to illuminate the Bridge between Nature, Spiritualism, Science, Justice, History, Ecology, Creativity, Literature, Magic & Art, as all are linked in the fabric of the Universe. My current work is whimsical & impactful Nature photography & poetry, with literature, justice, science, and history tie-ins, available in prints, greetings cards, books, & more.
Let’s keep our eyes open to the world around us. Science is magic, let the universe astound us!
As a Progressive Artist, I know that #BlackLivesMatter #IndigenousLivesMatter #TransRightsMatter #NoHumanIsIllegal #WomensRightsAreHumanRights #FatPhobiaKills #FatBiasKills #LoveIsLove #ClimateChangeIsReal & #ClimateChangeIsHERE , that #DisabilityRightsMatter #RepresentationMatters to #StopAsianHate and that we should all be fighting for #MedicareForAll and a #LivingMinimumWage If you buy from me, your money is going toward supporting a disabled led, woman led, Progressive led business, and you are helping to support a disabled, Progressive, Fat Positive, and FATabulous Lady who is trying to put food on the table, take care of her disabled cat, and give back to the greater community with her art!
A Central Vermont native, I have traveled the country and have lived in Virginia, Utah, and Vermont. I have deep Vermont roots and a love for Nature that is not only featured in my photography, but runs deep in my blood, as the daughter of a Wildlife Biologist for U.S. Fish and Wildlife; a Park Ranger and Administrator for Vermont Forest, Parks, and Recreation; Granddaughter of a Chief Game Warden who founded the VT Fish and Wildlife Dept Game Warden Program; and sister to an Environmental Lawyer and Public Servant. My appreciation for Nature and understanding of its value is also reflected in my previous environmental positions working to protect Nature through an internship in Washington, D.C. with the Center for Climate Change Communication, communicating the urgency of Climate Change directly under an advisor President Obama on Climate Change Communication, and a position as Assistant to the Program Manager of the Private Lands program with VT State Forest, Parks and Recreation in the Forestry Division, conserving Vermont’s forests. I have also held positions in newspaper editing, writing consulting, and have a long history of customer service and sales of which I am very proud and for which I am very thankful, as it has helped me extensively in my dream role today of working artist and writer who vends direct to the public, as well as wholesaling to shops, local and around the country,