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On Nature's Terms - at the Wildling


Posted: Friday, January 3, 2014

By: Jessica McLaughlin (Expired article)

Solvang, CA -

The Wildling Museum in Solvang presents a new exhibition, On Nature’s Terms: Paintings of Thomas Paquette commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act. On view January 17-April 7, 2014 at the Museum, 1511-B Mission Drive, Solvang.

Thomas Paquette's paintings in On Nature's Terms were inspired by his journeys to federal wilderness areas all across the country. The great diversity and vitality of environments that comprise the National Wilderness Preservation System – from southwest canyons and high peaks, east and west seashores, to lowland swampsess areas. and deserts – are reflected in these gouache and oil paintings. Subjects include Okefenokee Swamp in the south to Boundary Waters Canoe Area in the north, and wilderness areas in Arizona, California, Colorado, Georgia, New Hampshire, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Minnesota, Pennsylvania, Utah, and Wyoming.

Paquette’s paintings are contemplations of those special places where nature dominates. On Nature's Terms is a tribute to the importance of protecting some lands forever as wild.

Paquette states, “Natural landscapes inspire me beyond words, and so I paint them. I am captivated by the vastness of nature and the endless variety of moment-to-moment and place-to-place differences in weather, vegetation and geology. This fascination moves the brush.”

The Wildling and Paquette celebrate 2014 as it marks the fiftieth anniversary of the Wilderness Act, the first piece of legislation in the world to define protected wilderness act, the first piece of legislation in the world to define protected wilderness areas.

ABOUT THE WILDLING
The Wildling Museum, where art and nature meet, offers visitors a unique perspective on the importance of preserving our natural heritage. Through the eyes of artists, education and field experiences, guests can renew their relationship with the wilderness and understand its fragile nature - hopefully leaving more committed toward ensuring those spaces remain for future generations. For more information, to volunteer and/or join as a member to support this important local arts and nature institution please visit www.wildlingmuseum.org, call 805-688-1082, or email info@wildlingmuseum.org.

The Museum is located at 1511-B Mission Drive, Solvang, California. The Museum is open from 11:00am to 5:00pm Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. On Saturday and Sunday the Museum is open from 10:00am to 5:00pm. The Museum is closed Tuesday.

Other museums in the Santa Ynez Valley include the Elverhoj Museum (also in Solvang) and the Santa Ynez Valley Historical Museum (in Santa Ynez).





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