JAMESTOWN – A new exhibit, the “Art of the Field Guide,” opened Wednesday at the Roger Tory Peterson Institute in Jamestown.
Dedicated to preserving the work of naturalist, illustrator, educator, and Jamestown native, Roger Tory Peterson, the institution is comparing his work with David Sibley, on display together for the first time.
As CEO Arthur Pearson explains, the exhibition aims to explore what made Peterson’s first field guide so successful, by featuring original drawings and paintings, encouraging visitors to consider how their artistic techniques, and sense of design combined, to produce stunning visual references.
“We’ve taken the art out of the field guides, we’ve hung it on the wall, we’ve hung it full size,” said Pearson. “When you look at the field guides, you see the large. How is Peterson different from Sibley? How is Sibley the same? What inspirations did they draw from each other?”
The works of art will remain on display through July 17. To learn more information about visiting the institute, head online at rtpi.org.