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Art examines and celebrates relationships in nature

Seen for the first time as a finished collection, Richman's most recent body of work, Boreal Relationships, is focused on the species most affected by acid deposition. The subjects in the original watercolors of this series are Brook Trout, Red-backed Salamander, Bicknell's Thrush, Red Spruce, Loon, Sugar Maple, and Mayfly. In these paintings, expressing viable relationships between affected life forms and pristine waterbodies, clean air, and pure cloud precipitation is key to the theme of the collection.

For example, in her Home for Loon painting, Richman brings amplified concentration to the relationship between Loons, healthy freshwater systems, and Perch, a fish from which mercury is being transferred by bioaccumulation and biomagnification up the food chain. Of special attention in the piece, the Loons reflection on the water actually is Yellow Perch.

Richman has created images for conservation organizations such as the Highlands Nature Sanctuary in the Arc of Appalachia which promotes woodland sprawl and also The Nature Conservancy which protects habitat around the world. She has painted commissions for private parties as well as created detailed pen & ink drawings that reflect the finest scientific illustration. Over more than a decade, Richman has established a strong exhibition and collection base.

The Widlund Gallery in Tannery Pond Community Center is located at 228 Main Street in North Creek and is open from Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on Sundays when the "Open" flag is out. For gallery information, call 251-2421 or visit the website at www.tpcca.org .

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