exhibition in the Jefferson Museum of Art & History’s Ferguson Gallery, which closes February 19.
If you didn’t make it to see the baby goats, 4H youth with their snakes, or the incredible Parrot Lady,
you still have two more chances to enjoy animals in the Gallery, providing new context and
perspective on the joys and challenges artists face when they observe and depict animals.
Saturday, January 26, 7:00 – 9:00pm
Drawing Taxidermy with Artist Rick Myers
Vintage taxidermy from the JCHS Bash Collection will be on display in the Ferguson Gallery at the
Museum of Art & History as part of Animal Encounters. Participants are invited to attend this open
drawing session and use the taxidermy as inspiration and scientific illustration.
This two-hour session will allow serious artists an opportunity to observe stationary animals for more detailed and
anatomically correct depictions, and emerging artists will have fun trying their hand at drawing
animals. No experience is necessary to participate. Artists are asked to bring their own favorite
drawing implements and paper, though a small quantity will be on hand.
Port Townsend School of the Arts instructor, artist Rick Myers, will be on hand to welcome
participants to the session and provide tips for drawing animals.
The evening program is open to the public and is ADA accessible. The program is also a safe, alcohol free space for teens and adults
alike to make art. There is a $10 suggested donation to benefit both the artist and the historical
society's artifact collection.
About Rick Myers
“There is one constant in my life and that is change. Meeting new people, moving, learning, and
traveling is life’s adventure to me. I have been drawing and painting as long as I can remember.
I spent hours drawing dragons, comic characters, and so much other fantastic stuff. Art has
always been in my life and recently it has become the focus. My wife and I recently took 2 years
off to travel. Then we moved to Port Townsend in 2016 and I attended The Northwest School of
Wooden Boat Building. The traveling and school made me realize how much of my life is
informed by what I create. Drawing is my kinesthetic approach to learning about the world
around me. I love detail and process, so I attempt to show both in my work.”