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Future 2016-2017 Exhibits

Posted on Oct 2, 2016

Please visit us at the Roger Tory Peterson Institute of Natural History soon to enjoy our current exhibition, Rainforest Adventures by Jan Lutz on display from September 9 – November 13, 2016, and keep an eye on what is coming in the future!

Focus on Nature XIV
December 3, 2016 – April 9, 2017

FON XIII 2016 logo

Since its inception in 1990, the exhibit series Focus on Nature has reflected the standards, materials, and skills of contemporary natural history illustrators.  It promotes awareness of a genre of art that requires scientifically accurate illustrations such as research journals and publications, interpretive nature centers, nature guide books.  For more information about Focus on Nature, please visit: http://www.nysm.nysed.gov/fon.

The Weilers’ Evolution:  A Father and Son’s Artistic Journey
April 21 – July 2, 2017

Featured in this unique exhibition will be two artists from different generations employing different mediums, but with a common perspective.   With a deep affection and appreciation of flora and fauna, both father and son’s art represents each of their unique interpretation of our natural environment.


Gatekeeper, Dale Weiler

M.C. Weiler, a native of Buffalo, NY, portrayed his passion and appreciation for wildlife through his painting, sketching and carving.   A nationally renowned sporting art watercolorist, master decoy carver, and illustrator of numerous sporting books and magazine covers, M.C. lived the sporting life he depicted in his art.


1965 Spots Afield “Fishing Annual”, M.C. Weiler

Dale Weiler, his youngest son, has chosen a three dimensional medium, stone, to translate what he sees in nature.  Working to protect our wildlife and environment, his sculptures reflect his evolving dedication to conservation and preservation programs.  Traveling the world to both expand their awareness and inspire his artistic appetite, Dale and his wife Loti continue the Weiler journey to honor and protect our natural world.  Learn more about Dale at www.daweiler.com.

Birds in Art
July 15 – August 27, 2017


Tranquility, Kathryn Ashcroft, 2016

Long venerated for embodying freedom, grace, and beauty in flight, birds continually provide creative inspiration to exceed limits of earthbound human existence.  As we aspire to sing, soar, and preen like them adorned in brilliant attire, avian art inspires in endless ways.  When talented artists from throughout the world strive to be among those chosen for the internationally renowned Birds in Art exhibition, the resulting depictions are breathtaking.  The 41st annual exhibition celebrates avian marvels through fresh interpretations in original paintings, sculptures, and graphics created within the last three years by 112 artists from throughout the world.  This year’s exhibition includes 2016 Master Artist Karen Bondarchuck, twenty who were named Master Artists during previous Birds in Art exhibitions, and ninety-one artists whose work was selected by a three-person jury.


March Madness & the Soprano, Walter Matia, 2016

For more information about Birds in Art, please visit the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum’s website at https://www.lywam.org/.