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Upcoming Events

RTPI Riverwalk Nature Walks – Wednesdays (June 5, 12, 19, 26 & July 3, 10, 17, 24, 31) 9-10am

Join RTPI President Twan Leenders and other area naturalists on a walk through the Chadakoin River outlet forest to discover birds, turtles, wildflowers, and other surprising flora and fauna that calls Jamestown home. Start at the Riverwalk parking area on W 8th Street, adjacent to the Resource Center & opposite McCrae Point park in Jamestown. Free and open to the public.

Humanities New York Reading and Discussion Program – Friday, June 21, 6-7pm

RTPI is hosting a series of Humanities NY Reading and Discussion programs. Participants will read a selection of books which are connected by the theme “Place and Story”; each title explores the multiple ways the American landscape influences our experiences and way of life.  Loaner copies of the title to be discussed at this meeting, “Red-Tails in Love” by Marie Winn, are now available at RTPI.  Please contact Melanie Smith at 716-665-2474 ext 221 for more information.

Exhibition Reception for Ned Smith: The Man and The Illustrator – Friday, June 28, 5-7pm

Please join us in celebrating this wonderful collection of original works and artifacts from the Ned Smith Center for Nature and Art!  The event will include wine, hors d’oeuvres, and a gallery walk and talk with John P. Booth, Executive Director of the Ned Smith Center in Millersburg, PA.  At 6:00pm, a screening of the 2017 PBS documentary “Gone for the Day with Ned Smith” will be shown in the library.  Additional program opportunities with Mr. Booth will be available on Saturday, June 29th.

Ned Smith: The Man and the Illustrator – May 18 – September 22  

RTPI’s galleries now feature breathtaking original works and artifacts from the collections of the Ned Smith Center for Nature & Art.  A self-trained artist and naturalist, in his 46-year career he created thousands of astonishingly accurate drawings and paintings of wildlife for books, magazines and other publications, as well as dozens of limited-edition prints.  For more information about the Ned Smith, please visit www.nedsmithcenter.org.  View our current exhibits page for more details about the exhibition – https://rtpi.org/art/current-exhibits/.

Adult Nature Art Classes – Session 2 begins July 29

Thank you to Robin Z. Clark and our wonderful participants for a successful first session of classes!  

The Roger Tory Peterson Institute (RTPI) is pleased to expand their education programming to include a new adult art class offering (age 55 and over) this spring and summer. Through a grant from the Tri-County Arts Council furnished by the New York State Council on the Arts Decentralization Program, local artist instructor Robin Zefers Clark will teach two series of six-week watercolor sessions in a classroom at the RTPI headquarters located at 311 Curtis Street in Jamestown.

The first classroom series took place each Monday between May 6 – June 10 from 10:00 – 11:30am.  The second series will begin on Monday, July 29 and end on September 2, and will also be from 10:00-11:30am.  Each six-week series will end with a month-long exhibition of the student’s work.  There is no fee for the classes and materials will be provided.  Students are asked to commit to the full 6 weeks as much as possible.

Jane Johnson, Director of Exhibitions and Marketing and Robin Clark will develop the program based on selected pieces from Roger Tory Peterson’s body of original artwork.  Of this new initiative, Johnson said “As we celebrate the 35th Anniversary of RTPI in 2019, we also celebrate Roger himself, who was first and foremost an artist, through classes like these and his incredible original paintings and illustrations.  We are thrilled to welcome students to these sessions and hope to cultivate new and existing artists’ talents!” Twan Leenders, President of RTPI, will provide the biology and natural history background and information for the students based on the pieces from the Peterson Collection.

Robin Clark received her Associate of Arts degree from Finger Lakes Community College and a Bachelor of Science degree in Art Education from Buffalo State College. She received her Masters of Science degree from Rochester Institute of Technology, with a major in oil painting and intensive work in graphic design and photographic studies.  Robin has had several solo and group exhibitions and has been featured in articles in Country Woman Magazine, The Buffalo News, and Focus.  Her work has won numerous awards and is featured in private collections throughout the United States, Canada, Europe and Asia. Robin lives in the pristine Allegany mountains of western New York state, where she she owns and operates Brookside Studio.

This project is made possible with funds from the Decentralization Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and administered by Tri-County Arts Council.

Space is limited!  Please register by calling (716) 665-2473 ext. 227 or emailing [email protected]  RTPI is fully ADA compliant with multiple ramp access and an elevator that reaches both floors of the facility.