Thu, Jan 23, 2014 05:03 PM
Tuesday, Jan. 28 at 7 p.m. - RUTLAND - On Jan. 28, at
7 p.m. Joan Hoffman, artist and naturalist, will present "The Art
of Birding" at the downtown Chaffee Art Gallery, 75 Merchants Row,
Rutland. Narrating a slide show of her oil and watercolor
paintings, she will highlight the connections between nature, birds
and culture. She paints birds in their habitats, but unlike
Audubon, the renowned 19th century bird artist, she paints them as
she momentarily sees them in nature. Ms. Hoffman will also show
David O. Brown's Cornell lab you-tube video on the reintroduction
of the Atlantic Puffin on Eastern Egg Rock Island in Maine.
Joan Hoffman's impressionistic plein airfield paintings reflect her
adventures in remote and wild landscapes. She is integrally
connected to the land by teaching, painting and preserving the wild
places that she explores. She has through-hiked the Colorado Trail;
body floated the Barranco del Cobre (Grand Canyon) of Mexico and
rafted numerous rivers in the American West. This past summer,
while on an "Art of Birding" fellowship at Audubon's Hog Island
Camp in Maine, she worked alongside other nationally recognized
artists and naturalists such as Atlantic Puffin expert Steve Kress,
bird artist and author Julie Zickefoose, and author Scott
Weidensaul. In September, she was invited to present "The Art of
Birding" to the Colorado Crane Conservation Coalition Sandhill
Crane Festival in Steamboat Springs, Colorado.
As a tireless advocate for understanding habitats and wilderness,
she lectures and writes on the history of American Landscape
Painting, national parks and public lands and has been artist in
residence at Yosemite. She hosts painting retreats in Utah,
Colorado and the Sierras and teaches at the Point Reyes National
Seashore Field Institute in California.
This will be an enjoyable, inspiring presentation for artists,
birders and nature lovers. The Rutland County Audubon Society and
the Chaffee Art Center are co-sponsoring this event.
For info, call 802-747-4466.