Artist gets close with nature

Artist Aaron Lish is in Vernon as part of Allan Brooks Nature Centre and the Caetani Cultural Centre’s Fresh! AiR program.

Calling all nature lovers, artists, and performers. Have you ever wondered what it would be to think like an animal? How do we capture a snapshot of nature in art? When nature-based works have fallen out of vogue, how do we make them relevant again? Can nature produce its own self-portrait?

Join artist Aaron Lish on Wednesday at 7 p.m. for an illustrated presentation of his past work and discussion of his current participatory environmental art project, as part of the Allan Brooks Nature Centre and the Caetani Cultural Centre’s Fresh! AiR program partnership.

Lish’s work combines art and science in innovative ways that involve community participation, performance, the environment and art. As part of his explorations, Lish has sometimes even built simple machines that allow rivers, waves and wind to draw their own self-portraits, thus giving nature a “voice.” The talk will be held at the Allan Brooks Nature Centre.

Lish will also present a series of two workshops July 12 and 19.

The workshops are intended to explore the natural environment and wildlife in the North Okanagan, investigating new ways of seeing our natural surroundings and its inhabitants, and the works produced will be incorporated into a final art work.

Each workshop is designed for both artists and non-artists of any level, and no experience is necessary. Just bring your enthusiasm and have some fun.

Pre-registration for the workshops is suggested. There is no charge. Register online at www.caetani.ca or call 250-275-1525.

Lish is currently artist-in-residence at the Caetani Cultural Centre, and will be working extensively with the Allan Brooks Nature Centre. He has a background in outdoor leadership and sport science from Northern University and also holds a master of fine arts degree from the Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University.

He has taught as an outdoor educator at a community college in Bend, Oregon, where he currently lives and works.