Dead Creek a backdrop for art in nature event Aug. 9

The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department will host an evening of art in nature at the Dead Creek Visitor Center in Addison, on Thursday, Aug. 9 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. 

This free event will consist of a short talk and refreshments at the Visitor Center, after which the group will venture outside to the wildlife management area to explore nature and create art.

Leading the discussion will be Vermont Fish & Wildlife naturalist and artist Ariel Burgess, who helped develop the new Visitor Center including designing and painting its murals.

Burgess is an ecological artist who works in art, conservation and education.

She will talk about benefits of artistic observation and ecological art while guiding the group in plein air art – or art created outside.

“Naturalists have long used art and the practice of intentional observation to learn about and connect with the natural world. From Leonardo Di Vinci to John James Audubon to Charles Darwin, illustration has long been an important part of learning about nature,” Burgess said.

Non-alcoholic beverages will be provided. Participants are asked to bring their own materials in any medium including a notebook and pencil, colored pencils, paint, etc.

All ages and artistic experience are welcome. Space is limited to 20 with pre-registration required by emailing ariel.burgess@vermont.gov.

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