The Naturalists of the Somerset County Park Commission Environmental Education Center (EEC) and The Raptor Trust will present “Birds of Prey,” an exhibit of original art by James Fiorentino and Michael McNelly.
The exhibit will run from Friday, October 19, 2018 through Sunday, November 18, 2018, daily from 9:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. (The EEC will be closed November 6 and November 12, 2018.) The EEC is located at 190 Lord Stirling Road, Basking Ridge, New Jersey.
An Opening Reception is planned for Sunday, October 21, 2018 from 1:00 P.M. to 3:00 P.M. The artists are expected to be present. All proceeds from sales at the show benefit The Raptor Trust.
Raptors include any of various birds of prey, including hawks, eagles, falcons, and owls, distinguished by strong hooked beaks and taloned feet. Raptors are an important part of nature's intricate system of checks and balances, helping to maintain stability in the living world. Furthermore, they are beautiful and intriguing creatures, the epitome of wildness and freedom.
James Fiorentino is one of the most renowned wildlife and sports artists in the country. He is the youngest artist ever inducted into the prestigious New York Society of illustrators and his works hang in major museums and galleries throughout the world alongside the works of artists such as Andy Warhol and Norman Rockwell. A long-time friend of The Raptor Trust, James’ series of raptor images in this show were all originally painted for his book, “Northeastern American Hawks.”
Michael McNelly graduated from The Hussian School of Art in 1976 and has explored themes related to wildlife and nature throughout his career. His clients have included The New York Times, The Cousteau Society and The Nature Conservancy. Michael has received many honors, including The Philadelphia Academy of Science’s Award of Excellence. Michael’s raptor illustrations featured in this show were all originally included in the books, “New Jersey’s Owls” and “New Jersey’s Hawks” by Raptor Trust Founder, Len Soucy.
The Somerset County Park Commission Environmental Education Center is located within Lord Stirling Park, in the Basking Ridge section of Bernards Township, and is nestled within 500 acres of the western portion of the Great Swamp Basin of the Passaic River. A swamp vivarium, and an environmentally based library are located within the Center itself.
The exhibit is free and registration is not required. Information may be obtained on line at www.somersetcountyparks.org or by calling the Environmental Education Center at 908-722-1200, ext. 5002 or NJ Relay 711 for individuals with a hearing or speech impairment.
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