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Posts by Twan Leenders

RTPI Offers New Watercolor Workshops

Posted on Sep 1, 2020

RTPI Offers New Watercolor Workshops

Explore Art Through Nature RTPI announces the launch of a new program – local artist Robin Zefers Clark will lead a six-week series of beginner watercolor workshops at RTPI, located at 311 Curtis Street in Jamestown.  The workshops will take place on six consecutive Saturdays between September 12 – October 17. There will be two separate classes; a morning series from 10:00 – 11:30am and an afternoon series from 1:30-3:00pm. These will culminate in a month-long exhibition of the students’ work at RTPI. Original Roger Tory Peterson botanical art from The Peterson Collection along with...

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Reflections from Our CEO

Posted on Aug 25, 2020

Reflections from Our CEO

August, 2020 Dear Friends, Sanctuary. That’s a word we’ve heard a lot since we reopened the museum last month. Sanctuary is a place where you feel safe. You feel rejuvenated. Inspired. That’s what we offer at Roger Tory Peterson Institute. Our 27-acre nature preserve is a forested refuge filled with birdsong. Our pollinator meadow is abuzz with bees. Our wildflower gardens are bejeweled with butterflies. Our museum is a rustic temple made of wood and stone. As soon as you step inside, the vaulted ceiling lifts the spirit and fills you with awe and wonder. One of our visitors exclaimed there...

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RTP Birthday Bash August 29th – Food, Fun and Hidden Treasures from the Peterson Collection

Posted on Aug 20, 2020

RTP Birthday Bash August 29th – Food, Fun and Hidden Treasures from the Peterson Collection

RTPI is launching a new tradition – a full weekend of fun to celebrate the birthday of Roger Tory Peterson. Native Son. Father of the Modern Field Guide. Artist, bird lover and international ambassador for nature – all rolled into one. Officially, Roger’s birthday is Friday, August 28. RTPI’s party will kick off on Saturday morning, August 29 at 9 am, with Yoga with the Birds. Whether you’re a beginner or an expert at the crane pose, yoga led by Kara Bemis outdoors on RTPI’s back patio is the perfect way to start any weekend. Speaking of birds, at 10 am, Twan Leenders – RTPI’s Director of...

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RTPI Reopens July 18th

Posted on Jul 8, 2020

RTPI Reopens July 18th

Ready and Refreshed after Four Months Closed since March 16, the Roger Tory Peterson Institute will reopen its museum on Saturday, July 18. “My first official act,” says Arthur Pearson, “on my first day as the new CEO of the Institute, was to close the museum to the public. It will be a relief and a joy to reopen our doors and welcome back our many friends and supporters.” Technically, the museum could have reopened June 30 – that’s the day Governor Cuomo announced Phase IV reopening for Western New York. However, RTPI has taken extra time to ensure the health and safety of staff and...

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Thank You from Our CEO

Posted on Jul 6, 2020

Thank You from Our CEO

July, 2020 Dear Friends, First of all – thank you. Thank you to all who responded so generously to our spring appeal. This was my first big fundraiser for RTPI, one that provided a particularly up close and personal introduction to our friends and supporters. Officially, my title is Chief Executive Officer. Since my arrival in mid-March, however, it’s been more like Chief Cook and Bottle Washer. With the museum closed to the public and all staff – except me – working from home, I’ve been holding down the fort largely on my own. So, in addition to doing CEO stuff – managing finances, putting...

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