Local artist helps restore natural areas

Franconia Township resident David Spohn is part of a group of 21 regional artists calling attention to the preservation and restoration of natural areas via an exhibition this summer at the Bell Museum of Natural History.

Up to 20 percent of the proceeds of artwork sales will be donated to support natural areas in the region.

The “Sheltering Nature” exhibit will be presented in two parts. The first half runs from Sunday, June 1 through Saturday, July 12, with an opening reception on June 1 from 1-4 p.m.

The second half runs from Sunday, July 20 through Sunday, Aug. 31, with a reception scheduled for July 27 from 1-4 p.m. The exhibition is coordinated by Project Art for Nature.

In preparation, the artists chose natural areas to study for three years, to gain personal insights and create artworks that reflect the inherent beauty and biodiversity of the area.

David’s chosen area is the wooded wetlands around his Franconia Township home. His work, supported by an East Central Regional Arts Council McKnight Fellowship, has been the creation of a series of etchings called “The Dragonfly Suite,” capturing images of the dragonfly species that inhabit this area.

“Our goal is to call individuals and communities to action,” says David. “While nature shelters us, we need to shelter nature as well.”

The exhibit will feature delicate, detailed drawings, bold, abstract paintings, intricate hand-pulled prints and multi-faceted mixed-media works.

More information is available at www.projectartfornature.org

The Bell Museum of Natural History is part of the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences at the University of Minnesota.

For details visit www.bellmuseum.org.