Roger Tory Peterson Institute to Celebrate Local Artists


Two New Exhibitions Will Showcase Paintings Inspired in RTPI’s Sanctuary

The Roger Tory Peterson Institute announces two new complimentary exhibitions featuring watercolor paintings inspired and created at RTPI.

Local artist Robin Zefers Clark spent 30 days in the RTPI preserve this fall creating a painting a day inspired by the beauty she discovered there. During her artist residency, Robin also taught a series of beginner watercolor workshops at RTPI. Participants used original botanical art from the Peterson collection, along with live and preserved plant specimens as inspiration for their creations.

“Robin embodies the spirit of Roger Tory Peterson,” says Arthur Pearson, RTPI’s new CEO. “Inspired by nature, she uses her skills as an artist and a teacher to help us see our own landscape with fresh eyes.”

“Not only is Robin a masterful artist, but she’s also a skilled teacher able to convey her subtle secrets for creating exquisite paintings”, added Melanie Smith, RTPI’s Manager of Education and Communications.

RTPI will host an artist’s reception on Saturday, November 14th from 2-4pm to celebrate both new exhibitions. The public is invited to attend to meet the artists. Regular museum admission applies.

The 30 paintings Clark created during her residency will be on view in RTPI’s library gallery from Friday October 30th through Sunday, January 3rd . For more information about Robin’s 30-day immersion in the RTPI preserve, visit RTPI’s website at

The pieces created by participants in the watercolor workshops will be on view in RTPI’s Art Lab gallery from Saturday, November 14th through Sunday, January 3rd. This initiative was 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.

Robin Zefers Clark holds a BS in Art Education from Buffalo State College, and an MS from Rochester Institute of Technology, with a major in oil painting and intensive work in graphic design and hotographic 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 owns and operates Brookside Studio. More information about Robin Clark and her work can be found on her website at