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Roger Tory Peterson Institute
Meet the artist & refreshments: 5:00 p.m.
Artist program: approximately 6:15 p.m.
On Friday evening, June 27, from 5:00 to 7:30 p.m., the Roger Tory Peterson institute will host a public reception and program by acclaimed wildlife artist Cole Johnson. Cole’s work is among those featured in the current exhibition at RTPI, environmental impact, which runs through July 6. The June 27 reception and program are free and open to the public; donations are appreciated. An avid outdoorsman, cole has lived in Upstate New York his entire life and resides in the catskill mountain region. He earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts at State University of New York at Buffalo in 1991. His chosen medium is graphite powder, which he uses to render incredibly lifelike drawings of his favorite subjects, which include white-tailed deer, trout, wild turkey, hunting dogs and waterfowl.
Cole is a signature member of the society of animal artists, a select group dedicated to “promoting excellence in the portrayal of creatures sharing our planet.” His works have been included in such prestigious shows as the national arts for the parks competition and the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum’s Birds in Art Exhibition, as well as RTPI. At the June 27 reception guests can tour the exhibition while enjoying refreshments and meet Cole, RTPI staff and volunteers, all in the institute’s beautiful surroundings. The evening will be capped by a special program in which cole will discuss his unique style and demonstrate the techniques that have brought him acclaim as one of the top graphite artists in the world. For more information and to see more images: http://rtpi.org/events-exhibits/current-exhibits.
On Saturday, June 28, from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Cole Johnson will be on hand at the painted finch gallery, 508 east Columbus Avenue (Route 6), Corry, Pennsylvania, where visitors can meet the artist and view his works available for purchase. For more information call the gallery at 814-664-3053, Or visit their website at: paintedfinchgallery.com.
This ambitious traveling exhibition, assembled by Milwaukee-based curator David J. Wagner, PH.D., Features works by internationally-known artists in a range of styles and media. The pieces, outstanding in and of themselves, are united in their ominous message of a natural world under attack by over-consumption of natural resources, global climate change, and other human causes. “It is as if beauty has been harnessed to foretell the end,” Michael Charles Tobias and Jane Gray Morrison write in their essay accompanying “environmental impact.” For more information and to see more images, click: http://rtpi.Org/events-exhibits/current-exhibits.