Marshall Miles Interviews Chris Robinson, “Wild and Beautiful Creatures: The Life and Work of J.J. Audubon,” Tremaine Art Gallery at The Hotchkiss School Aug 30 – Oct 13; The Life and Work of J.J. Audubon at Sharon Historical Society & Museum Sept 14 – Dec 13

Accompanying Events

Tremaine Art Gallery: Gallery talk with Dr. Robert McCracken Peck, Curator of Art and Artifacts and Senior Fellow of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, Philadelphia: Saturday, September 14 at 3 p.m. followed by a reception from 4 – 6 p.m. Free and open to the public.

“Audubon’s Art and Science: A Guided Tour”, by Michael Foley, Director of Arader Galleries, New York. September 26, 6.30-7.30pm. Free and open to the public.

Wild and Beautiful Creatures: The Life and Work of J.J. Audubon

Wild and Beautiful Creatures

Tremaine Art Gallery at The Hotchkiss School

August 30 – October 13, 2019

The Life and Work of J.J. Audubon

Sharon Historical Society & Museum

September 14 – December 13, 2019

Accompanying Events

Tremaine Art Gallery:

Gallery talk with Dr. Robert McCracken Peck, Curator of Art and Artifacts and Senior Fellow of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, Philadelphia:  Saturday, September 14 at 3 p.m. followed by a reception from 4 – 6 p.m. Free and open to the public.

“Audubon’s Art and Science: A Guided Tour”, by Michael Foley, Director of Arader Galleries, New York. September 26, 6.30-7.30pm. Free and open to the public. 

A comprehensive list of accompanying events at all locations is included at the end of the press release.

Wild and Beautiful Creatures: The Life and Work of J.J. Audubon

Organized by the Sharon Historical Society & Museum in Sharon, Connecticut, Wild and Beautiful Creatures: The Life and Work of J.J. Audubon is a celebration of the art, science, and heritage of John James Audubon, one of America’s greatest naturalists. The Tremaine Art Gallery exhibit, Wild and Beautiful Creatures, is on view August 30 – October 13 and runs concurrently with The Life and Work of J.J. Audubon on view at the Sharon Historical Society Museum September 14 – December 13. The Tremaine will host a gallery talk Saturday, September 14 at 3 p.m. followed by a reception from 4 – 6 p.m. The featured speaker is Dr. Robert McCracken Peck, Curator of Art and Artifacts and Senior Fellow of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, Philadelphia. The talk and reception are free and open to the public. 

The Tremaine Art Gallery exhibition includes around thirty of Audubon’s stunning illustrations of birds and mammals for his two monumental publications, The Birds of America (1826-38) and The Viviparous Quadrupeds of North America (1845-54). Drawn largely from local collections, including that of Hotchkiss School Special Collections, most of the prints are from Robert Havell Jr.’s original hand-colored “double elephant folio” edition. Also on exhibit will be examples from other editions, as well as one of the few surviving oil paintings from a projected “Gallery of Paintings” of the birds, and one of the rare copper plates from which the Havell edition was pulled.

At the same time, the Sharon Historical Society and Museum will provide context with an exhibition on Audubon’s life and work. The show will explore his fascinating professional and family life, the evolution of his publications, his innovative working methods, his complex relationship with the conservation of American species and their environment, and his heritage in the founding and work of the National Audubon Society and Audubon Sharon. Among the objects on display are one of Audubon’s rare portrait drawings, his favorite snuff box, and a beautiful specimen of a passenger pigeon, abundant in Audubon’s lifetime but by the early 20th Century extinct. The exhibition will be complemented by an exhibit of works by local artist Allen Blagden, one of today’s foremost wildlife watercolorists.

A program of lectures and other events are scheduled to coincide with the exhibits. Autumn programming at Audubon Sharon, a division of Nation Audubon, whose three thousand acres of preserve and Wildlife Rehabilitation Clinic continue the work begun by Audubon, will supplement the exhibits. For comprehensive information about events  please visit  www.hotchkiss.org/arts, www.sharonhist.org, and www.sharon.audubon.org.

This community-wide event will be celebrated with a benefit tented brunch in Sharon on Sunday, September 15. For location, tickets and details visit www.sharonhist.org or contact audubon@sharonhist.org. The exhibits are sponsored by AIG Private Client Group, Klemm Real Estate, and the Tremaine Art Gallery at The Hotchkiss School.

Sharon Historical Society & Museum is located at 18 Main St, Sharon. Opening hours are Wednesday through Friday, noon to 4 p.m. and  Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m (check website for additional hours). The Tremaine Art Gallery is located in the Main Building of The Hotchkiss School. The gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday, noon to 4 p.m.  For more information about this and other events at The Hotchkiss School, phone (860) 435-4423 or visit www.hotchkiss.org/arts

Marshall Miles Interviews Chris Robinson, “Wild and Beautiful Creatures: The Life and Work of J.J. Audubon,” Tremaine Art Gallery at The Hotchkiss School Aug 30 – Oct 13; The Life and Work of J.J. Audubon at Sharon Historical Society & Museum Sept 14 – Dec 13
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