Evergreen Series Presents Julie Zickefoose

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Lecture and Book Signing of The Bluebird Effect

The Evergreen Arts & Humanities Series of Washington State Community College (WSCC) will present the 7th program of its 13th season, with local naturalist, artist, author and ecologist Julie Zickefoose, who will read from her newly published book The Bluebird Effect: Uncommon Bonds with Common Birds.

2011 Zickefoose2Since 1986, Julie Zickefoose has made a living from natural history illustration and writing. Educated at Harvard University in biology and art, Zickefoose worked for six years as a field biologist for The Nature Conservancy before turning to a freelance art career. She has presented illustrated lectures for organizations and festivals across the country, and exhibited her paintings at universities, museums and galleries, with illustration credits including The New Yorker and Smithsonian.

Zickefoose currently writes and illustrates her own books, provides commentary for National Public Radio, and brings the natural world to her online readers with a daily web log. During the Evergreen Arts & Humanities lecture, she will discuss her third published book, The Bluebird Effect: Uncommon Bonds with Common Birds, followed by a book signing.

The Bluebird Effect includes 320 illustrations by Zickefoose and relates the process of helping or raising a wild bird. "The book has grown from forty years of working with, studying, drawing and helping birds," says Zickefoose, "...trying to fix them when they're broken, and mothering them when they're orphaned."

In addition to the evening's lecture, the Spring Quarter Art Exhibit of the Evergreen Series will be on display, featuring ceramic work by local artists, Margaret Lazer and Marlene L'Abbe. Lazer's work consists principally of hand-formed organic forms and pinched pots. L'Abbe's will present a new body of work for her – paintings based on her connection with the natural world and the world of dream and spirit.

Julie Zickefoose's lecture and book signing begins at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 12 in the Graham Auditorium in the Arts & Sciences Building on the WSCC campus (710 Colegate Drive). This event is free and open to the public. Those wanting to reserve seat passes in advance for the lecture should contact Tanya Wilder by email at twilder@wscc.edu or by phone at 740.374.8716, ext. 2107.

The Evergreen Arts & Humanities Series is funded in part by ARTSBRIDGE United Arts Fund. In addition, this project is supported in part by the Ohio River Border Initiative, a joint project of the Ohio Arts Council and the West Virginia Commission on the Arts.

The Series at Washington State serves as a primary source for the community to experience locally, nationally and internationally renowned performers and view the works of local artists. Learn more about the slate of programs for the Series' 13th season by visiting www.wscc.edu/evergreenah, becoming a friend of the Series on Facebook or by contacting Tanya Wilder at Washington State at 740.374.8716, ext. 2107.


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