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Fall Speaker Series: Naturally Inspired
See and hear how the natural world has inspired a variety of creative thought and artistic expression from our guest speakers.
Free and open to the public. Programs are held in the auditorium of the Tacoma Nature Center, 1919 S. Tyler St. Doors open at 6:30 pm for socializing and refreshments; programs are 7:00-8:00 pm.
Chris Maynard carves feathers into intricate art. He combines his artistic sense and scientific knowledge into an extraordinary new art form. Chris uses surgery tools to carve the feathers while striving to respect their form. He sets them apart from the background so their shapes are enhanced as they cast shadows. He keeps the natural colors and patterns of each feather.
Since feathers can represent flight, transformation, and a bridge between our present lives and our dreams, Chris is grateful that his art has hit a soft-spot in the hearts of many people and cultures. His work is in museums and private collections in North America, Asia, Europe, and Australia and has been featured in print and online around the world. His recent book, Feathers Form and Function, highlights his art while informing us about what feathers are, how they grow, what they do for birds, and what they mean to us. See his work at www.featherfolio.com and under Featherfolio on social media sites. Books will be available for purchase at the program.