New Avian Art Exhibit Opening At Roger Tory Peterson Institute

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JAMESTOWN, NY (WNY News Now) – A new avian art exhibit opens Friday at the Roger Tory Peterson Institute in Jamestown.

The new exhibition, “Hope is the Thing with Feathers”, includes work by five women whose art practice explores the powerful yet fragile nature of birds, and the ecosystems in which they live.

The artists revealed intersections between nature and culture, ultimately using their art to advocate for conservation.

By combining scientific research and data into the works, Curator Maria Ferguson hopes the collection will inspire a deeper understanding and appreciation for the environmental importance of birds.

During a first look at the new exhibit Ferguson highlighted illustrations of Liz Wahid, who drafted the work for Cornell University’s “Birds of the World” initiative.

“What I really love about these works, which are illustrations of recently described or re-described species, is that she does an amazing job of translating scientific information to us as the viewer,” explained Ferguson. “So, she’s telling us about these birds, what they look like, what their habitats are like, and exactly where they live.”

The new exhibit opens Friday at 6 p.m. with a panel conversation with the exhibition’s artists. The work will be on display through June 11.

The natural history museum, located at 311 Curtis Street in Jamestown, preserves the work of world-renowned nature photographer and naturalist Roger Tory Peterson.


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