From Jan. 9 to Feb. 20, two artists will be displayed at The Nature Museum at 186 Townshend Road in Grafton.
The aim of the Art and Nature Exhibits is to connect people more fully to the natural world and to stimulate their interest in interpreting and protecting it. A portion of sales from the art sold will help fund the Museum's educational programs and exhibits. The art is displayed in the Program Room on the first floor.
"The Beauty of Nature in Glass" is the title of the exhibit of paperweights and other works by Chris Sherwin of Sherwin Art Glass in Bellows Falls. Sherwin apprenticed with Simon Pierce, Inc., in Vermont before moving to California to learn iridescent and torchworking techniques from "masters of the trade" at Orient & Flume Art Glass. He returned to New England in 2005 and opened his studio at 33 Bridge Street. His design ideas come from the beauty he finds in Nature, as well as from family, friends, and studio visitors. When designing a piece, his goal is to allow the decoration or floral pattern to dictate the form of the piece so as to provide harmony between the two. Find Chris at his studio by chance or appointment. Contact him at www.sherwinartglass.com for information on glass-blowing demonstrations.
In her exhibit entitled "Visions of Nature," Diane Gibbons shows works done primarily in acrylic and watercolor. Gibbons often incorporates her own digital images of animals into her pieces to express her love of wildlife, nature, and interest in nature-based spiritual experience.
Gibbons is an author, wildlife tracker, artist, and illustrator. She holds a Master of Science in conservation biology and a Master of Divinity and has studied art, tracking, and nature-based spiritual practices for many years. Her books include Mammal Tracks and Sign of the Northeast and Stories in Tracks and Sign.