Ice Age Mammals: Science Talk and Artist Walk 02/06/17 7:00pm – 8:30pm

Ice Age Mammals: Science Talk and Artist Walk
VINS Nature Center
6565 Woodstock Road
Route 4, PO Box 1281
Quechee, VT 05059

Free and open to the public.

Go back in time with us to the end of the Pleistocene epoch, 13,000 years ago, when glaciers covered North America. Discover what changes were taking place in the environment and why some animals survived while others, like masto-dons and sabre toothed-lions did not.

Science Talk: Jeffrey Kerby, is a Visiting Arctic Fellow at Dartmouth College. His research touches on elements of community, landscape, and behavioral ecology, and has recently focused on gelada monkeys and large Arctic herbivores. He is interested in how life history traits mediate species interactions, particularly in highly seasonal and rapidly changing environments of the Arctic and alpine regions of Africa.

Artist Walk: The contributing artists, Bob Shannahan and Wendy Klemperer will take us along the lighted pathway through the meadow to examine the Ice Age Mammals up close. We’ll explore the types of adaptations they used to survive the snow and ice-covered world just 13,000 years ago and learn about their processes in researching and building the life-sized sculptures.


Following the walk, warm up with some refreshments and cocoa!

For more information call 802.359.5000.

Shadow Migrations move to Summit NJ with the Summit Public Art Program

Four Outside Locations in Summit, Nj 
11/01/16 through 12/01/17


Shadow Migration exhibits animal silhouettes cut from steel plates and installed throughout four locations in Summit, NJ. Klemperer investigates animal populations that were threatened in the 20th century, but are now rebounding and showing up in “our backyard.” Wild animals are finding their way into suburban and urban environments even as human populations sprawl into their natural habitats. While many species populations have been destroyed, some are adapting and thriving on the largesse of urban and suburban life. Hawks dive from high rise cornices to feast on the rich urban population of pigeons and rats; bears walk through New Jersey neighborhoods; and coyotes are turning up many boroughs of NYC.

Klemperer’s animal silhouettes are shadows, essences of their worldly form that appear fleeting and at times fleeing. Migration is inherent to both humans and animals, as natural and manmade changes force movement to more hospitable regions. The steel forms are punctuated with cutouts in the shape of countries from around the world. Each animal is a melting pot, bearing countries on its body that are also represented in the US population, a country that has been and continues to be built on immigrants. The nations represented are also a record of where that animal once thrived, or, at times, where they are most threatened. Shadow Migration invites contemplation of nature in an urban setting and of the circumstances of natural diversity in a modern world.

The silhouettes in this exhibition are based on three-dimensional sculptures made from salvaged steel that Klemperer exhibits, some of them permanent, throughout the United States.

The pieces now sited at four locations in Summit ( two quadrants at the Summit train station, Elm Park, and downtown) were originally exhibited at Court Square Park, Queens, NY, thanks to a generous grant from the Clare Weiss Emerging Artist Award and NYC Parks.

Countries you may find in the animals: Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, Bangladesh, Belize, Brazil, Burundi, Canada, China, Colombia, Cuba, Croatia, Dominican Republic Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Ethiopia, France, Germany, Greece, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Hungary, India, Iran, Iraq, Italy, Israel, Jamaica, Japan, Kenya, Korea, Lebanon, Malaysia, Mexico, Morocco, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, Panama, Peru, Phillippines, Poland, Romania, Russia, Rwanda, Syria, Trinidad and Tobago, Turkey, Uganda, Ukraine, United States, Uzbekistan, & Yemen

Artist in Residence, Stanislaus National Forest

In 2014 I was pleased be selected for a residency at Stanislaus National Forest in Sonoma, CA. I spent two beautiful weeks there in November,  staying warm at night in a cozy cabin, exploring the rugged and varied landscape by day. I hiked, rode horseback, photographed, drew, and worked on small sculpture. My residency included giving a day long stick sculpture workshop, and I will be donating a small sculpture to the National Forest’s collection.

Stanislaus National Forest

Stanislaus National Forest

Ursa at St Johns Sculpture Park

Ursa, created on site at St Johns Sculpture Park, Portland Oregon.

I was invited by Susan Griswold to make a piece on site at this new sculpture park

Inspired from my two week stay as Artist in Residence at Denali National Park, where I had the opportunity to encounter grizzlies near and far.


Denali National Park Residency

I’m very pleased to have been selected as the Denali National Park Artist in Residence for August 2013.

More than a mountain

Denali is six million acres of wild land, bisected by one ribbon of road. Travelers along it see the relatively low-elevation taiga forest give way to high alpine tundra and snowy mountains, culminating in North America’s tallest peak, 20,320′ Mount McKinley. Wild animals large and small roam unfenced lands, living as they have for ages. Solitude, tranquility and wilderness await.

Also, perhaps some bear wrangling:

“If You Encounter A Bear
Do not run. Bears can run faster than 30 mph (50 km/h), even faster than Olympic sprinters. Running is likely to elicit a predatory chase response from an otherwise non-aggressive bear. If the bear is unaware of you, detour away from it. Give the bear plenty of room, allowing it to continue itsownactivitiesundisturbed. If the bear is aware of you but has not acted aggressively, back away slowly while keeping an eye on the bear, talk in a calm, firm voice while slowly waving your arms above your head. These actions will help the bear confirm that you are a human and not a prey animal. Grizzly bears do not normally prey on humans. A bear that stands up on its hind legs is not acting aggressively, but is curious and is trying to identify you. Help it out by following the above guidelines. Scientific evidence clearly indicates that when given the opportunity most bears will avoid humans.

• If A Bear Approaches or Charges You
Do not run: do not drop your pack. A pack can help protect your body in case of an attack. Dropping a pack may encourage the bear to approach humans for food in the future. Most charges are bluffs, sometimes coming to within 10 feet (3 meters) of a person before stopping or veering off. Stand still until the bear stops and has moved away, then slowly back off. Due to the small size of the trees in the sub-arctic, climbing a tree may not provide protection.

• If A Grizzly Bear Attacks
The grizzly’s ferocious reputation arises largely from the fact that a female grizzly will aggressively defend her young. Most attacks are defensive; therefore, if a grizzly bear does actually make contact with you, drop to the ground and play dead. However, do not play dead before contact is imminent, as it may elicit a curious approach from the bear. Leave your pack on and put your arms around the back of your head and neck for protection. The majority of charges are from female grizzlies protecting their young. By playing dead you will neutralize the threat that you represent to the bear’s cubs. However, if the attack is prolonged, fight back vigorously because the bear may be preying on you.

At what point does one decide?