Architecture of the Nest & Ancient Traditions in Weaving
We are pleased to present the work of Sharon Beals, author and photographer of Nests: Fifty Nests and the Birds that Built Them. The Nest Series documents nest and eggs specimens dating from the 1800′s to present day from four wonderful science collections. Her images have been published in both science and art publications, including Scientific American and American Photo, which named Nests one of the best nature photo books of 2011. Her photographs are in many private collections and were purchased by State Departments, Art in the Embassies and her prints are being collected by people around the world. Opening reception Friday, June 27, 2014 5-8pm Exhibition runs through July 23rd.
“The nest project has been a wonderful journey, says Beals.”
“My hope is that through the nests I can engage people who might never want to learn about birds to share my concern. And I tell them what has been made so clear to me; that so many of the decisions I make in my own daily life affect their survival. What I plant in my yard, what coffee I buy, what I put down my drain or into the atmosphere, or where I let my dog and cat wander, all of this matters. A lot.”
“What they don’t tell us is how hard for some species that might be. While many have adapted to, and even benefited from, human manipulations of their habitat, if that habitat is polluted, overrun by feral animals or introduced insects, or just gone missing, a whole species can be lost. I was drawn to photograph a few of these nests, collected long ago, simply for their form or the color of the eggs, only to discover that they had been built by a member of a species now so rare that we cannot be alarmed enough at their endangered status.”
“Another important but humble looking specimen was just a mere depression in the moss on a slice of a large limb of a Douglas Fir tree. Collected in 1974, it wasn’t until then that this nest gave researchers their first clue that Marbled Murrelets need trees at least 200 years old, with limbs as thick as trees themselves; wide enough to serve as both a landing pad and a nesting platform, usually in a protected forest far from human populations.”
Through out the summer, Northern Lights Gallery curator Karen Miles will continue to bring together the art that moves her deeply; Art that is profound, Art that grounds and restores ones connection in an overly busy and detached world. Our collection of fine art is a profound body of work created by artists speaking clearly and beautifully about our planet without words. Northern Lights Fine Art Gallery is located at 33 Main Street, Belfast, Maine. They are open Tuesday–Saturday from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm
Along with Beal’s 36”x36” stunning nest images, Intertwined: Architecture of the Nest & Ancient Traditions in Weaving is a revolving exhibition with works coming and going through out the month of Maine First Nations basket makers, birch bark artists Sierra Henries and Kimberly Callas, and complex Sgrafitto bird and marine life sculpture in porcelain by Tim Christensen. Opening reception Friday, June 27, 2014 5-8pm Exhibition runs through July 23rd.