June 5 - June 30, 2013
First Friday: June 7, 5 - 9 pm
Artist Reception: Sunday, June 9, 1 - 4 pm
This collection of drawings represents a fraction of the 1,115 species identified on the U.S. endangered species list. I want to compose a showcase for these imperiled creatures, capturing their wide range of forms, patterns, textures and personalities. To ensure accuracy, these drawings are periodically reviewed by an extremely helpful and generous group of biologists: Dr. Benjamin Keck, a post-doctoral associate at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville; Kristen Kuhn, a research affiliate at the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture; Dr. Thomas Near, associate professor at Yale University and curator of the Yale University Peabody Museum of Natural History; and Greg Watkins–Colwell, collections manager of Herpetology & Ichthyology at the Yale University Peabody Museum of Natural History. Working from photographs, I create these pen and ink drawings while riding the train to and from work.
Representatives from the Nature Conservancy as well as a Pennsylvania based scientist will be on hand during the First Friday reception to answer questions about environmental issues facing the region and to offer information about their work and local volunteer opportunities.