Thursday, July 31, 2014


Readers of this blog know that the turtles of our Chelonian Connection lab for exploring turtle cognition have learned to draw by sliding their beaks over vertically mounted paper and have presented demonstrations in various venues. Tomorrow (Friday, August 1, 2014) is another such demonstration.

A friend, knowing the turtles’ work, had suggested that we submit turtle art to a call for a juried show, “The Magic and Power of Words,” at the North Bank Gallery in Vancouver, Washington, in which art and words relating to love would be integrated. Four turtles followed up the idea with two solo drawings and one collaborative piece, and I submitted photos of the work. Happily, two drawings were selected for the show—one by a pancake tortoise (one of Willow’s daughters) and one by a box turtle (one of Diode’s daughters).
They are quite good at drawing letters. The pictures were successful in my view, and I framed the pictures and drove them to the gallery. I feel a bit anxious about deciding we could let these original drawings be offered for sale. We have offered some reproductions (at the OMSI science museum store and elsewhere), but originals never before.

 So tomorrow we travel to Vancouver for the opening reception, at which some of the writers and artists are speaking. Our contribution will be a drawing demo with the two turtles, our second gallery event, the other in connection with a reading from my book at a Forest Grove gallery. I hope to have some photos for the blog.

For Portland/Vancouver locals, here are the specifics about the event.

North Bank Gallery, 1005 Main Street, Vancouver, WA 98660
5:00-9:00 p.m., with readings on the hour from five to eight

Turtle demo at 7:00 or 7:10