Northwest artist Janet Essley will share her thoughts on science, art and what people can learn from painting shorebirds in a Thursday, May 16, presentation at Newport’s Hatfield Marine Science Center.

In a presentation titled “Is Half the Brain Sleeping?” Essley will talk about the series of paintings she has been working on for the past seven years, called “Red Knots, A Cultural Cartography of a Migratory Bird’s Annual Cycle.”

“The cartography is a unique blend of science and art,” she said, “mapping the migration cycle of a single species of sandpiper through styles of art native to the areas through which they pass.”

The presentation will feature 18 paintings from the Atlantic and Pacific flyways of the Americas. The title of the talk refers not only to the apparent dichotomy between science and art, but also to the ability of shorebirds to make multi-day, non-stop flights of thousands of miles. It is the subject of one of Essley’s paintings, in the style of Brazilian artist Jose Francisco Borges.

The May 16 presentation will run from 5:30 to 7 pm in Hatfield’s Visitor Center Auditorium at 2030 SE Marine Science Drive.

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