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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.
Maria Jost is a science-inspired artist and science educator living in Tacoma, Washington. She first moved to the Pacific Northwest to study biology at the University of Puget Sound, and has lived here, at first sporadically but now more permanently, since. Maria finds the natural world’s patterns and processes to be complex and beautiful, and is continuously inspired to observe deeply in order to understand the world scientifically and capture its wonder artistically.
Her media of choice are watercolor, ink and collage (paper and digital). She creates intricate original illustrations and print series based on organisms and scientific topics of interest, and has recently stretched her practice to include larger public art projects. This summer she installed a mural in the Touch Tank Zone of the new Point Defiance Aquarium, her largest piece to date.
In her program, Maria will examine the processes, both ecological and artistic, that inform her paintings and installations. Specifically, she will highlight and discuss the use of collage as a medium within her work. Attendees will have the option to participate in an interactive demonstration during the program.