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Creating Art in Nature: Four Sessions

September 13, 2022 @ 2:00 pm - October 25, 2022 @ 5:00 pm


–A new opportunity to dwell in nature as inspiration for making art—

If you have an interest or desire to broaden your skills as a naturalist and artist, come join us for four art making sessions sited within the beautiful nature preserve at Floracliff. We’ll be outside creating art!

Skill level:
Some experience with handling art materials is assumed. If you are a naturalist who wants to try your hand at rendering the things you love, you are welcome. If you are an artist who values the opportunity to work in a secluded, protected preserve you are welcome. Guidance will be offered on request.

Some themes might include:
–Nature’s rich tapestry of species relationships
–species of flora and fauna of interest to you
–plein air landscape drawing and painting
–living still life
–some days will include hiking to an inspirational spot within Floracliff
And more!

*Sessions are free and limited to 10 participants (age 16 and older). Attendance at all sessions is not required. We will maintain a wait list, so cancellation notification in a timely manner is greatly appreciated.

*Bring whatever art making materials you prefer
*Ground cloth or seat, water and snacks, insect repellant, sun hat
*Everyone will pack their materials in and out, sometimes a distance of ½ mile

2 PM – 5 PM (or until 6:00 for more remote locations).
Sessions will take place on the following Tuesdays:
Sept. 13 & 27
Oct. 11 & 25

In case of rain we will try to reschedule. Depending on interest, we will repeat the series in the spring.

Session hosts:
Steve Bennett and Laura Mentor

Steve has been drawing all his life. He has over 20 years’ experience teaching/guiding students of many ages in drawing and 3-D design. His love of Nature has recently led to new branches of learning and appreciation for the rich complexities of the natural world.

Laura has developed her eye for Nature’s treasures through a lifetime of hiking, observation and research. She has been creating large scale installations of her ornate, narrative stained glass windows for public buildings and private clients for over 25 years. Her ongoing research into native species and their relationships have informed her recent work. Examples may be viewed at

Steve and Laura are regular program volunteers at Floracliff.


September 13, 2022 @ 2:00 pm
October 25, 2022 @ 5:00 pm
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Floracliff Nature Sanctuary
8000 Elk Lick Falls Road
Lexington, KY 40515 United States
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