September 17-November 6, 2016
Sunday, October 2
Many of us have marveled at the exquisite beauty of a wild flower or been awed by the delicacy of a tiny bird skull bleached white by the sun. Appreciation for natural beauty is something that all humans seem to have in common; what is uncommon about the ten artists whose works are featured in this exhibition is their ability to transform this appreciation into exquisite works of art. These are artists who specialize in achieving scientific precision in their renderings, and with good reason. They are professional illustrators and many have had their work published in science or nature magazines; field guides that help us identify the various species of flora and fauna we encounter and as illustrations in textbooks. We may have encountered their work on postage stamps, as signage in natural history museums or even in the charts or diagrams in our doctor’s office that help us understand our medical conditions. These artworks are often unnoticed and underappreciated, but the technical skill and artistic impetus that goes into their creation is certainly worth pausing to appreciate.
The Southern Ontario Nature and Science Illustrators (SONSI) is a group of professional artists that exists to promote the discipline of nature and science illustration to the public while also educating viewers about environmental concerns and furthering their own artistic development. They meet regularly throughout the year at different locations throughout southern Ontario. The group will be holding their AGM at the GPAG on September 10th, and presenting a series of artist talks and demonstrations that will clearly indicate the skill and specialization of members of the group. The afternoon sessions are open to the public and all are welcome.