Coyote art exhibit at Midcoast Conservancy
Coyote Connections, a collection of artists’ depictions of coyotes is on exhibit now at Midcoast Conservancy in Wiscasset. From sculpture to canvas, 17 pieces portray coyotes in their natural habitat, in spiritual representation and through fanciful imaginings.
Exhibit curator Geri Vistein said, “This art exhibition is all about ‘Coyote Connections,’ or we might say, relationships. Coyotes’ connection with their ancient knowledge and culture, coyotes’ prey animals (the dance of life and death) and fellow carnivores, with the land they call their home; this exhibition is meant to inspire, but also educate deep in the crevices of our spirits … where we experience and honor those connections that are important to the essence of who we are.”
According to Maine’s Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife, “the coyote expanded its range north and east into Maine in the 1930s, slipping into the niche that wolves once occupied as largest canine predator. These intelligent and adaptable animals now occupy almost every conceivable habitat type, from open agricultural country to dense forest to downtown urban areas.” Vistein notes that when coyotes expanded their range to Maine, they quickly rediscovered their connections with the land, with their food, and with their fellow wildlife.
Artists whose work is part of the show include Michael Boardman, Sandra Crowell, Evelyn Dunphy, Anne Garland, Forest Hart, Mark McCullough, Judith Mitchell, Linda Murray, Linda Shepard, Elizabeth Starr, Gwen Sylveste, Lisa Tremblay, Geri Vistein, Helen Warren, Carol Whelan.
Midcoast Conservancy welcomes visitors to the exhibit weekdays between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. through Aug. 4. As part of the Wiscasset Art Walk, there will be an open house on July 27 from 4-8 p.m. at the office at 36 Water Street in Wiscasset. For more information, call 207-389-5150.