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

Discover the amazing work and life of John James Audubon! Join Sharon Audubon Center as we participate in an exciting collaborative celebration. Organized by the Sharon Historical Society & Museum in Sharon, Connecticut, Wild and Beautiful Creatures: The Life and Work of J.J. Audubon is a community-wide celebration of the art, science, and heritage of John James Audubon, one of America’s greatest naturalists.

Visitors are invited to view and experience two exhibits this fall, as well as a number of special events and programs. Select here for additional celebration information.

EXHIBITS

  • Wild and Beautiful Creates at the Tremaine Art Gallery at The Hotchkiss School in Lakeville, CT — on view from August 30 – October 13.
  • The Life and Work of J.J. Audubon at the Sharon Historical Society Museum — on view from September 14 – December 13.

The exhibits are sponsored by AIG Private Client Group, Klemm Real Estate, and the Tremaine Art Gallery at The Hotchkiss School.

SPECIAL EVENTS & PROGRAMS

September 7, 4-6 p.m. Sharon Art Walk. At various locations on Sharon Green, including the opening of the exhibition Inspired by Audubon: The Art of Allen Blagden, one of the foremost bird watercolorists of today. Sharon Historical Society.

September 13, 7 p.m. Dr. Douglas Tallamy Presentation: A Guide to Restoring the Little Things That Run the World. Dr. Douglas Tallamy, noted author of Bringing Nature Home, will speak on the importance of caterpillars in the bird food chain. Litchfield Community Center. $10 suggested donation. Please register via email to efielding@audubon.org referencing “Tallamy Talk.”

September 14, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Butterfly Celebration Festival, a variety of lectures, field walks, ID workshops, tours of the center’s new butterfly house, a native plant sale, as well as several activities for kids. Sharon Audubon Center. Entry: $10 adult, $5 child.

September 14, 3-4 p.m. Exploring the West with John James Audubon: The Last Expedition, an illustrated lecture by Dr. Robert McCracken Peck, Academy of Natural Sciences at Drexel University, Philadelphia. Tremaine Gallery at The Hotchkiss School. Followed by an opening reception of the exhibition Wild and Beautiful Creature: The Life and Work of J.J. Audubon, 4-6 p.m.

September 15, 12 p.m. Celebrating John James Audubon. Join us for brunch under a tent in a private garden in Sharon, CT where Dr. Peck will talk about Audubon as inspiration for conservation today.

September 26, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Audubon’s Art and Science: A Guided Tour by Michael Foley, Director of Arader Galleries, New York. Tremaine Gallery at The Hotchkiss School.

September 28, 4-5:30 p.m. Minnie’s Land: Audubon’s Final Home, an illustrated lecture by Matthew Spady (author of the forthcoming book Audubon Park: The Neighborhood Manhattan Forgot). Sharon Historical Society. Registration preferred, audubon@sharonhist.org.

September 29, 4 p.m. John James Audubon’s Pictures in Prose, an illustrated talk by Sharon Audubon Center Director Eileen Fielding. Hotchkiss Library of Sharon. Please register by calling 860-364-5041or email efielding@audubon.org.

October 5, 3-5 p.m. How to Draw a Bird. Come and try your hand at drawing the center’s raptors. Sharon Audubon Center. Please register via email to efielding@audubon.org.

October 6, 3 p.m. Audubon’s Life and Work: A Guided Tour by Christopher Robinson, exhibition organizer. Sharon Historical Society. Registration preferred, audubon@sharonhist.org.

October 12, 4-5 p.m. Inspired by Audubon: The Art of Allen Blagden. Allen Blagden will lead a walk-through of his exhibition and discuss the wonders and difficulties of painting in the wild. Sharon Historical Society.

October 26, 3-5 p.m. Nature Photography with Sarah Blodgett: Adventures, Advice, and Beautiful Images, an illustrated lecture by professional bird photographer Sarah Blodgett. Sharon Audubon Center. Please register via email to efielding@audubon.org.

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