Focus on Nature XIV, an exhibition organized by the New York State Museum, will be on view from December 3, 2016 – April 9, 2017. Like Roger Tory Peterson, the artists featured in this show demonstrate the role illustration plays in natural science research and education, to stimulate curiosity about the world, and bring clearly into focus images of nature that people might not otherwise be aware of or able to visualize.
Since its inception in 1990, the New York State Museum’s Focus on Nature exhibit series has reflected the standards, materials, and skills of contemporary natural history illustrators. It promotes awareness of a genre of art that requires scientifically accurate illustrations such as those used in textbooks, research journals and publications, interpretive nature centers, and nature guide books. Focus on Nature XIV will feature over 60 works in a variety of mediums representing artists from a diverse geographic range. These works represent a marriage of pleasure and practicality – wherein the artist’s keen observations and sensory interpretations of their subjects are exquisitely rendered.
Don’t miss the opportunity to view this spectacular collection of artwork and meet some the artists during the opening reception on Friday, December 9 from 6:00 – 8:00pm.
For more information about Focus on Nature, please visit: http://www.nysm.nysed.gov/fon.
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We are very excited to announce the release of a new bronze sculpture created by Dale Weiler to support wildlife conservation programs underway at The Roger Tory Peterson Institute of Natural History (RTPI) in Jamestown, NY. Roger Tory Peterson (1908-1996) was one of the nation’s pre-eminent bird-artists and among our most influential naturalists. He is perhaps best known for the Peterson Field Guide Series on birds and other flora and fauna. RTPI carries on his legacy by connecting people to nature through art, education and conservation.
The bronze, “Elevated Perspective”, is a 9-inch rendering of a snowy owl, one of Peterson’s favorite species to paint and the icon for RTPI. It is also the first bronze Dale has created in the last ten years. Dale and his wife, Loti, are donating 100% of the profits to RTPI’s ‘Project Wild America’ initiative – a program which promotes experiencing nature in your own backyard.
The Project Wild America program encourages young people to get involved in conservation work with threatened wildlife, especially in urban environments. The program reinforces the notion that nature is all around us in plain sight. We just have to know where and how to look; skills well-honed by artists and naturalists alike.
The original for the bronze (pictured above) was sculpted from snowy alabaster, and captures not only the subtle feathering but the sensual beauty of this majestic bird. Dale spent over a month creating the stone original. The bronze casting will be limited to an edition size of 50 and will be even more dramatic than the stone original with the feathering details accentuated by the patina process.
Until March 15, 2017, we are offering a “pre-casting” discount price for this bronze of $1,200. The full retail price will be $1,500 after that date. We hope you will take advantage of this opportunity and support the wonderful conservation programs of RTPI. For more information, please visit our website at www.weilerwoodsforwildlife.com, RTPI’s website, www.rtpi.org, or email us at email@example.com.