“Woodland Jewels” showing at Museum’s Nature Art Gallery in August

For immediate release ‐ July 23, 2018

Contact: Jon Pishney, 919.707.8083. Images available upon request

Carolina Chickadee Trio by Ruth Ananda

(RALEIGH, N.C.) — The North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences’ Nature Art Gallery presents “Woodland Jewels,” artwork by Chapel Hill native Ruth Ananda. The show runs August 3–26, with a Gallery reception Saturday, August 4, 2–4 p.m. All exhibited art is for sale.

Ananda trained in drawing, stained glass, watercolor, oil painting and printmaking at the University of Virginia, receiving a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 1979. Now she works in acrylics and gels on canvas and paper. Having departed from years of realism, Ananda’s current style is semi-abstract, somewhat decorative and full of texture. Paintings often include trees, sky, birds and leaves. Illustrations are whimsical imaginative paintings or drawings of a wide range of subjects.

“Birds in their habitat inspire playful and contemplative paintings,” says Ananda, who is also an avid birder. She creates her paintings in the aptly named Bird Nest Studio, which she opens to the public during the annual Orange County Artists Guild Tour each November.

The Nature Art Gallery is located inside the Museum Store. Hours are Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.; and Sunday, noon to 4:45 p.m. Admission to the Gallery is free. All exhibited art is for sale. For more information about the Nature Art Gallery, call 919.707.9854.

The North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences in downtown Raleigh (11 and 121 W. Jones St.) is an active research institution that engages visitors of every age and stage of learning in the wonders of science and the natural world. Hours: Monday–Saturday, 9 a.m.–5 p.m., and Sunday, noon–5 p.m. General admission is free. Emlyn Koster, PhD, Director. For more information, visit naturalsciences.org.

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