On July 29th and 30th 2017 the Roger Tory Peterson Institute of Natural History (RTPI) and Panama Rocks Scenic Park will host the 2017 Juried Nature Fine Art and Craft Show & Competition at the first annual Wild America Nature Festival, celebrating nature and all things inspired by it, on the grounds of Panama Rocks. The 2017 Juried Nature Fine Art and Craft Show & Competition at the Wild America Nature Festival includes a venue for the sale of high quality arts and crafts and an art and craft competition.
We invite interested artists to apply to become artist exhibitors in the 2017 Juried Nature Fine Art and Craft Show & Competition. The show has been endorsed by the Crafts Alliance as part of their mission to support the development and promotion of the highest possible quality of craft art.
The Juried Nature Fine Art & Craft Show & Competition at the Wild America Nature Festival, is juried by RTPI as part of their mission to continue the legacy of Roger Tory Peterson by increasing awareness and appreciation of nature through art, education, and conservation. Roger Tory Peterson was the pre-eminent American naturalist who illustrated and chronicled the natural world in the Peterson Field Guide series. Today, RTPI continues Dr. Peterson's legacy though conservation work and exhibits at its art gallery in Jamestown, NY. The gallery at RTPI has recently featured the Society of Animal Artists' national, traveling exhibit, Art and the Animal; an exhibit by internationally known artist John Seery-Lester; will showcase the 2017 Birds in Art Exhibit; and has featured many other talented local and regional artists including Alberto Rey, Audrey Kay Dowling, Thomas Annear, and Michael DiGiorgio.
The mission of the Wild America Nature Festival is to raise awareness of wild America through education and art, encourage sustainable enjoyment of the environment, and promote conservation of our natural world. The Wild America Nature Festival will provide a forum to promote conservation efforts and, in addition to the nature art and craft show, the festival will feature a local food cook-off, speakers, classes, workshops, nature attractions, and music. We are committed to making the Wild America Nature Festival one of the top environmental festivals in the nation.
The Juried Nature Fine Art and Craft Show & Competition are integral parts of the festival and we hope that you will apply to be an artist exhibitor. Additional information is available in our festival prospectus. If you have any questions or require additional information, please contact Jonathan Weston at firstname.lastname@example.org or 716-782-2845.
Have a Wild Day!
Dr. Twan Leenders President, RTPI
Jonathan Weston Manager, Panama Rocks Board of Directors, RTPI
2017 Juried Fine Nature Art and Craft Show INVITATION LETTER
The Juried Fine Nature Art and Craft Show at the Wild America Nature Festival will feature a number of artists working in a wide variety of genres. The featured artists listed below are a small representation of the artists and art that will be in the show. A full list of all artists in the 2017 Juried Fine Nature Art and Craft Show will be posted in mid-to-late April 2017.
Leonard Rusin (Painting)
Len Rusin’s inspiration to paint wildlife and wilderness developed while backing through New York, Florida, Alaska, and several northeast states, as well as Canada. His artwork captures the raw spirit of nature and reflects his concern for the environment and vanishing wildlife. Rusin’s strong sense of design and style create an emotional appeal which force the viewer to pause and experience the painted image.
Rusin's art has won national acclaim. His work has been seen on Duck Stamps, the cover of Conservationist magazine, New York Sportsman magazine, Florida wildlife magazine, and other publications. He was Artist in Residence at Acadia National Park (2007) and Grand Canyon National Park (2008), and has exhibited his art in many prestigious galleries including the Roger Tory Peterson Institute of National History. For a full biography and gallery of his work, please visit www.lenrusinart.com or www.natureartists.com.rusinl.
Matt Patterson (Painting | Wood and Paper Sculpture)
Matt Patterson is an accomplished wildlife and nature artist focusing on painting, illustration, and wood and paper sculpture. He has completed a variety of work ranging from scientific and book illustration to trompe l’oeil murals and wood carving. His 2010 book, Freshwater Fish of the Northeast, won the National Outdoor Book Award for Design and Artistic Merit. Patterson recently finished illustrating a book on Reptiles and Amphibians, The Snake and the Salamander Reptiles and Amphibians from Maine to Virginia, released January 2017.
Audrey has been a professional artist for 30 years and her work is widely collected and is represented in collections throughout the world. She has explored many different art media and has developed a strong collector base and following for her paintings and one of a kind clay art. Although Audrey explores many different mediums, her underlying love of natural form is always present in her work.
For a full biography and gallery of Audrey's work, please visit Portage Hill Art Gallery in person in Westfield, NY or online at www.portagehillgallery.com.
Michael Weishan (Photography)
Michael Weishan specializes in nature, fine art and location/lifestyle portrait photography. He values the diversity in nature, seeing the patterns and textures in the chaos of nature, and observing interplay of wildlife.
Bill Bale is an award-winning woodworker specializing in modern interpretations that respect the fundamental look of 100 year-old Arts & Crafts style originals. His work includes elements such as vertical lines, square motifs, corbels, and broad over-hanging tops familiar in the work of the masters, while keeping modern needs in mind.
Nancy and John have been creating fine art from gourds for twenty plus years. The pair have exhibited their work, taught workshops and won awards at state gourd festivals. Both have a deep appreciation for the natural beauty and versatility of this medium.