Art on Main’s ‘Fish and Feather’ show opens Friday in Bristol

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Illustrator Nick Mayer in his Lincoln studio finishing a tuna

Creatures of the season take center stage at Bristol’s Art on Main gallery with Friday’s opening of “Fish and Feather: The Wildlife Artistry of Painter Nick Mayer and Carver Gary M. Starr.”

The exhibit features work by master carver Gary M. Starr of Middlebury and award-winning illustrator Nick Mayer of Lincoln.

Each artist embodies a passion for the natural world and their pieces reflect their creative expression of what they see and experience in it, according to a gallery announcement.

The Fish and Feather exhibit opens Friday with a public reception from 5-7 p.m. It runs through July 1.

Wood carver Starr has traveled the world to view thousands of varieties of birds that inspire his work. He produces carvings under the business name Starr Decoys that range from decoys to holiday ornaments.

A former marine biologist and a lifelong fly-fishing enthusiast, Nick Mayer is a full-time nature illustrator focusing on fish and other marine life with a unique scientific perspective. Mayer’s renderings of fish and marine life are known for being technically accurate, powerful and full of life.

Mayer has illustrated two books on fish. He’s working on a children’s book presently. His work and licensed products can be seen in galleries and stores in over 30 countries around the globe.

Art on Main is a nonprofit, community gallery showcasing talent of artisans from around the state. 25 Main Street, Bristol. For more information: 453-4032, online at and Facebook.

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