I am honored and pleased to announce the opening of my solo photography art exhibit “Cherish Nature.”
This exhibit will be on display May 3 – 30, 2019. Located at the National Wildlife Visitors Center at the Patuxent Research Refuge North Tract. 10901 Scarlet Tanager Loop, Laurel, MD 20708-4027. Phone: 301-497-5760. Entry is free for the Hollingsworth Gallery and is open daily from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. except Thursdays. Meet-the-Artist reception is on Sunday, May 12, 2019 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
“Cherish Nature” is a photographic journey through several Mid-Atlantic Wildlife refuge systems that showcases natural habitats, avian migrations and portrays wildlife conservation successes and ongoing efforts. It emphasizes the importance of the National Wildlife Refuge system’s mission of “Conserving the Nature of America” for future generations.
I have to first thank two dear friends for coming out and helping me install the art exhibit. Debbie Boudra life-long passion and profession is in the art world and she is the one I’m to credit for encouraging me to present my first art exhibit in an art gallery she manages Gallery 333 in Annapolis, Maryland.
Her expertise in selecting what pieces work best with others and how to hang them on the wall is truly impressive and she does it with such ease.
Another good friend is nature photographer Jerry Herman who is a volunteer photographer for the Patuxent Research Refuge North Tract and manages to find the most incredible things with his frequent visits and long stays at the refuge. Jerry was wonderful with his calm and tall nature. Having someone 6’5″ to help us short people hang things was truly a blessing.
There are six display panels with each of them showing conservation efforts of several species that have been threatened to being endangered in past years. The Wildlife Refuge System has been critical in the resurgence of species like the American Bald Eagle, the Brown Pelican and even the Delmarva Squirrel. Two others are currently being threatened the Red Knot and the Piping Plover and conservation efforts are in place to help the species survive.
Each of the refuges offer a variety of habitats and the art exhibit displays some of my more creative works. Finally a few pieces show the power and movement of avian migrations along the Atlantic Fly-way. Experiencing thousands of birds in flight is one that takes your breath away and to imagine that I live in an area that I get to marvel in it each year is truly special.
I waited a long 18 months to have this exhibit on display and it is planned along with the beautiful month of May. Visitors can come and enjoy migration season at the refuge and then stop into the Visitors Center and enjoy this art exhibit. I hope you can make it and perhaps I’ll see you there.
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