Natural science illustrators view art as a means to communicate about the natural world. We always emphasize accuracy over aesthetics, a quality that brings its own particular sort of beauty. You can almost hear the artist saying, “Look at this amazing thing/place/concept! Isn’t it cool? Isn’t the world an amazing place full of amazing things?” And increasingly, we hope our efforts help people think about our critical role as stewards of our planet. This show is part of my ongoing study of the flora and fauna of our stunning local resource, the Siletz Bay National Wildlife Refuge, and I hope the viewer will hear my voice saying, “Aren’t these amazing critters and plants - and just think, we’re lucky enough to have them in our proverbial back yard!” I’ve spent the last year hiking, canoeing, sketching, photographing and illustrating animals and plants including all manner of birds, mammals, reptiles, invertebrates, mushrooms and flowers found in the Siletz, and will be showing some of the fruits of my labor.
Back by popular demand! Donnie Macdonald comes from the Isle of Lewis, one of the Hebridean Islands off the west coast of Scotland. Writing tunes and original songs in both his first language Gaelic and in English, Donnie presents the music from his native Scotland with passion and humor. James Keigher was born in CountyMayo, in the west of Ireland, and he's a singer, writer and collector of folk music. Between them, they play eight traditional Celtic instruments, from the mandolin to the bodhran. With a simple presentation and a wealth of stories, Men of Worth will leave you smiling.