National Geographic exhibit comes to Secor MetroparkWritten by Jennifer S. White | | firstname.lastname@example.org
Metroparks of the Toledo Area will host a traveling National Geographic exhibit this summer. “Last Stand: America’s Virgin Lands” is at Secor Metropark through Aug. 29.
“We like to have a big, signature exhibit each year at the center and this is it,” said Scott Carpenter, director of public relations for the Metroparks. “We’re hoping to inspire preservation here at home.”
The exhibit showcases 57 works from a National Geographic book of the same name by award-winning photographer Annie Griffiths Belt and author Barbara Kingsolver. Also featured is a companion exhibit of photographs taken in Northwest Ohio wilderness areas preserved by Metroparks and other organizations.
“The old saying ‘Think globally. Act locally’ is really true,” said Art Weber, director of nature photography. “The vision of the gallery is to teach nature appreciation. The more you get into photographing nature, the more fascinating it becomes.”
Karen Pugh, the center’s gallery/exhibit manager, said another gallery goal is to seek out and help promote local photographers.
“The mission [of this exhibit] is to preserve these fragile, important environments, and it ties right in with the Metroparks,” Pugh said. “The local images are also powerful and they show what we have right here in Northwest Ohio.”
“[Last Stand] is a different kind of exhibit from what people are used to seeing,” Weber said. “This is the first time we’ve gone with something that’s not realistic. These images are hand-tinted, often infrared and black and whites. It’s a surrealistic look that’s praised and criticized.”
Pugh said the women involved with the project are interesting.
“Nature photography does not have as many women as men,” Pugh said. “We have two well-known women who cooperated to make this exhibit. This allowed us to showcase a woman [Griffiths Belt] who is so well-respected in the field. She is the first nationally known female photographer we’ve featured. Kingsolver is a bestselling author.”
Pugh said gallery visitors are often surprised to find such a treasure in their community.
“We have an extreme rarity of species right here,” Weber said. “Getting out macro-images from our area and seeing them stack up with this national exhibit helps show that what we have here is really special and beautiful.”
Pugh said more information about conservancy is available at the center. Additionally, the book that inspired the exhibit is available for purchase for $30, which is $15 off the regular price.
“Hopefully we’ll touch some people we haven’t touched before,” Weber said. “A good visual stays with you forever.”
The National Center for Nature Photography at Secor Metropark is located at 10001 W. Central Ave. There is no fee for admission. For more information, call (419) 407-9757 or visit the website www.naturephotocenter.com.