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The nature of art

Thacher Nature Center to host annual environment-inspired art exhibit, offering art classes

Instructor Anita Whalen will teach a pine-needle basket-making  class on Saturday, March 22, as part of Thacher Nature Center’s 11th annual Nature Art Exhibit.

Instructor Anita Whalen will teach a pine-needle basket-making class on Saturday, March 22, as part of Thacher Nature Center’s 11th annual Nature Art Exhibit.

— Artistic inspiration comes from a variety of sources, but one local art show is rooted in Mother Nature’s visual appeal.

IF YOU GO

• What: Nature Art Exhibit

• When: March 8-28, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily except Mondays

• Where: Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center

• How much: Free

• Info: 872-0800

The Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center in Voorheesville will hold its 11th annual Nature Art Exhibit from March 8 to 28, which will showcase around 130 works of art from more than 50 artists. The exhibit focuses on artwork inspired by nature or created with natural materials and features an array of artistic styles, including painting, photography, pottery, wood, fiber and mixed media.

The exhibit is open daily, except Mondays, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and there will be a free, opening-day reception Saturday, March 8, from 1 to 4 p.m. Attendees will also be able to cast a vote for the People’s Choice award and meet featured artists.

The art show started as an offhanded suggestion from an intern at the park, according to Thacher Park event coordinator Joy Scism. It has since become one of the park’s most popular events. This year, the exhibit will run three weeks, which adds a week to the event.

“People really liked it, and it seemed like things were kind of crushed with a two-week period,” Scism said.

Each year, there are more people coming out to see the exhibit and more artists submitting entries.

“It definitely gets better every year,” she said. “The thing that’s amazing about it is there are so many good artists in our area, and each year people will say, ‘Oh, I never heard of this person before.’”

Scism enjoys the variety of artwork featured at the event, with some pieces evoking a peaceful and somber feeling, while others are bright and energetic. She also gets some good inspiration for her own creative endeavors.

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