Events this week…9/26-9/29

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On Thursday, September 26 at 6:30 pm, Michael Foley, the Director of Arader Galleries, will be leading a guided tour of the Sharon Historical Society’s current exhibit Wild and Beautiful Creatures: The Life and Work of J.J. Audubon.  The exhibit of rare Audubon prints and paintings is on display at The Tremaine Art Gallery at the Hotchkiss School in Lakeville, CT.  In this guided tour entitled, “Audubon’s Art and Science,” Foley will delve into the stories behind the Audubon works on view in the exhibit as well as the artist and naturalist’s significance in American art, science and natural history.

This exhibit tour continues the exciting program series, which includes two lectures this weekend. On Saturday, September 28 from 4:00-5:30 pm, the Sharon Historical Society & Museum will welcome Matthew Spady—author of the forthcoming book, Audubon Park: The Neighborhood Manhattan Forgot—for an illustrated lecture entitled “Minnie’s Land: Audubon’s Final Home.” Come hear about the farm and house named for his wife in upper Manhattan that J.J. Audubon came to call home in the spring of 1842.  

On Sunday, September 29 at 4:00 pm, Eileen Fielding, Director of the Sharon Audubon Center, will give an illustrated talk entitled “John James Audubon’s Pictures in Prose” at the Hotchkiss Library. While much attention is given to Audubon’s art, the descriptions that accompanied his etchings are just as vivid. They also bring great insight into the natural history of habitats and animal behavior in America’s 18th century wilderness. Ms. Fielding’s presentation will compare Audubon’s observation methods to those used by naturalists and birders today, with some tips about how to identify the birds we encounter.

In addition to the Audubon programming, the historical society will be conducting a walking tour, the “Sharon Green Then & Now” from 2:30-3:30 pm. Meet at the historical society. Free and open to the public.

For more information about these programs or directions to each, please email, or call 860-364-5688. These programs are free and open to the public. And don’t miss the exhibitions at the Sharon Historical Society & Museum on the history of J.J. Audubon’s life and work, the history and legacy of Audubon Sharon, a show of wildlife art by Allen Blagden, and at the Tremaine Art Gallery, the exhibit of rare Audubon prints and paintings.