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Posts by Melanie Smith

Celebrate the Holidays on the Wild Side!

Posted by on Dec 15, 2017

Celebrate the Holidays on the Wild Side!

Come on down to RTPI to enjoy our warm and festive holiday décor as you browse the selection of unique nature-oriented gifts in our museum store including holiday ornaments and cards, birdfeeders, bird-friendly coffee, local honey, an outstanding selection of book titles, and more! RTPI is open 10am-4pm Tuesday through Saturday, and 1-5pm on Sundays. We will be closed 12/24-12/26 and 12/31-01/02 to celebrate the holidays with our...

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Chickadee and Milkweed

Posted by on Dec 14, 2017

Chickadee and Milkweed

The pieces included in RTPI’s current exhibition, “Neil Rizos:The Art of Exploration” – including this drypoint print of a Black-capped Chickadee – are available for purchase, and would make wonderful gifts for bird, art, or nature enthusiasts! Of this piece, Rizos wrote: “I’ve stayed away from this bird as a subject because it is so cute that almost any image would be appealing no matter the quality or lack of quality of the design. But then I saw this bird on a dried milkweed and the similarity of shapes, sizes and values between the bird and the plant gave me the...

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Baby, it’s Warm Inside!

Posted by on Dec 13, 2017

Baby, it’s Warm Inside!

Come on down to RTPI to enjoy our warm and festive holiday décor as you browse the selection of unique nature-oriented gifts in our museum store and peruse our current exhibition, “Neil Rizos: the Art of Exploration”. RTPI is open 10am-4pm Tuesday through Saturday, and 1-5pm on Sundays. We will close 12/24-12/26 and 12/31-01/02 to enjoy the holidays with our...

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Give the Gift of Art this Holiday Season; “Neil Rizos: the Art of Exploration”

Posted by on Dec 11, 2017

Give the Gift of Art this Holiday Season; “Neil Rizos: the Art of Exploration”

Of this particular piece, Rizos wrote: “This is a portrait of a specific tree in the Adirondack Mountains – one I’ve painted many times. Labels and concepts certainly have their place (as in this essay) but once the mind suspends the practice of attaching labels and concepts, the world is experienced in a very different manner. The first concept to dissolve is that of Beginning and Ending, at which point all is recognized as a constantly transforming whole with no distinct boundaries – more easily seen in the ocean, perhaps, than the forest.” A portion of all sales benefit RTPI’s Art,...

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Meleagris gallopavo

Posted by on Nov 23, 2017

Meleagris gallopavo

With the arrival of the holiday season, many folks will enjoy celebratory feasts with family and friends. The centerpiece for many merry meals will undoubtedly be a turkey; indeed, Americans will consume nearly 50 million turkeys on Thanksgiving and about half as many on Christmas. Given that the average American consumes over 15 pounds of turkey each year, I thought it would be interesting to explore the natural history of this ubiquitous bird. The domestic turkey that you buy in the grocery store is the same species as the wild turkeys that you might see strutting through a local field or...

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