If you like this life-sized bronze moose out the front at Northwest Trek wildlife park, you might like to see more nature-themed art this fall. On September 27 and 28 the Trek will hold a juried art show featuring 15 Oregon and Washington artists, demonstrations, a silent auction and a visit by the moose’s sculptor, Jeff Oens.
The show is organized by Karen Lucas of Lucas Art, The Gallery on the Hill, in Graham, and focuses on Northwest wildlife. Featured artists include:
· Chris Gunter, painter
· Jennifer Hermanson, photography
· Paul Langston, woodburning/paintings
· Pam Lovelace, clay sculpture
· Jason McCissack, painter
· James Montgomery, steel sculpture
· Robert Raymond, painter
· Nathan Schreiber, photography
· Donna Schroeder, painter
· Julie Thompson – “Feather Lady,” paintings on feathers
· Gail Turner, painter
· Jack Westerfield, decoys
Says Lucas: “I’m really excited. The variety of artists this year is really big.”
Lecturers and demonstrators in the Forest Theater will include:
· Saturday Sep. 27: Dale Thompson will lecture on and demonstrate painting birds in watercolors, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
· Sunday Sep. 28: Gerald Sticka will demonstrate his wildlife painting techniques and display his work.
Sculptor Jeff Oens will be there for the entire event near the entrance.
There’s also an Audience Choice award of $100, voted for by visitors. The theme this year is elk: each artist has included a work featuring that animal.
Northwest Trek, accredited by the Association of Zoos & Aquariums, is a 723-acre zoological park dedicated to conservation, education and recreation by displaying, interpreting and researching native Northwest wildlife and their natural habitats. The wildlife park is a facility of Metro Parks Tacoma and is located 35 miles southeast of Tacoma off State Highway 161. For more information, call 360-832-6117 or visit www.nwtrek.org.