Kasper and Ramey headshots

The Ohio River Valley is treasured for its picturesque qualities. This beauty, however, is constantly under threat by pollutants and other climate-changing factors.

For many, an appreciation for the arts enhances the connection to the natural world. Poet Jack Ramey and photographer Bernie Kasper will celebrate the beauty of our environment and inspire its safe-keeping in a special program at Hanover College.

“Environmental Art on the Ohio River” will be presented Thursday, March 28, at 7 p.m. in Hanover College’s Lynn Center for Fine Arts, room 107. The event, sponsored by the College’s Environmental Stewardship Committee, is open to the public, free of charge. Seats are limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Ramey is a poet and spoken-word artist. He also teaches creative writing and literature at Indiana University Southeast.

His poetry books include “Eavesdropping in Plato’s Café” and “The Future Past.” He also frequently posts poems at springwoodpress.org. His historical novel, “Turtle Island: A Dream of Peace,” tells the story of the founding of the Iroquois League of Nations.

In addition to his literary works, Ramey’s one-person show, “Dark Is a Long Way: An Evening with Dylan Thomas,” toured the country and ran for two years in New York City and Los Angeles. He also had the lead role in the 1990 film “The Age of Insects,” which was screened and archived at MoMA in New York last year.

In 2005, his documentary, “William Blake: Inspiration and Vision,” won an Aegis Award for best educational film.

Kasper is a self-taught photographer and environmentalist who specializes in nature and macro photography. His extensive collection ranges from the canyons and waterfalls of Clifty Falls State Park and prairies and forested areas of Big Oaks National Wildlife Refugee, to the flora, fauna and architecture within historic downtown Madison, Ind.

Kasper’s photos have more than five million online views. His website, sindianavisions, which combines photographs and stories, has nearly one million views.