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Artists inspired by local nature and wildlife

September 23, 2021 Digital Media Exclusive

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Shirley McCauley, board member of the Butler Arts Center, hangs a picture of a bull elk taken by Dan Gomola of Renfrew in preparation of the center's art exhibit scheduled for Oct. 2.

Visitors to the Butler Art Center will find themselves surrounded with nature and wildlife, despite being indoors throughout October.

The center is having its annual nature and wildlife exhibit throughout the month, and 26 artists have submitted photography, oil paintings, pastel paintings, watercolor paintings, acrylic paintings, forged steel and digital artwork depicting the theme.

“(The nature exhibit) is a member favorite, as well as a favorite of the public,” exhibit director of the Butler Art Center Christy Culp said in an email. “Our parks, farmlands and even the wildlife in the city limits provide us with much inspiration.”

According to Culp, nature and wildlife is a theme displayed in the art center annually, and the artists who participate are always enthusiastic about submitting their work.

“I think the most fun part is trying to bring it to life,” said Brad Page, an oil painter and board member at the art center. “When people look from a distance at a painting and ask, 'Is this a photograph?' I really enjoy that.”

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Eddie Trizzino

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