When: Sun., May 21 2017
With spring in full bloom, migratory birds are returning to Northeast Ohio and Lake Erie. Inspired by these creatures and their behavior, local artist and professor Michael Loderstedt created a series of photographs taken a short distance from his home on Groveland Club Drive in Cleveland near Lake Erie. Using his immediate neighborhood as a “research laboratory,” Loderstedt’s compositions juxtapose the birds with diminishing ice formations on Lake Erie, exploring his own role as a carbon producer. Entitled Groveland Utopia, Loderstedt’s exhibition remains on view at the John F. Seiberling Gallery at the Conservancy for CVNP through July 28. In conjunction with the exhibition, the CVNP hosts For the Birds today at the CVNP’s Hines Hill Conference Center & Barn from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The day begins at 8 a.m. with a bird walk with Dr. Andy Jones, ornithologist from the Cleveland Museum of Natural History. At 9:30 a.m., guests can make custom birdhouses using found and reclaimed objects and items from home with local artist Dana Depew. At noon, Loderstedt will give a bird photography demonstration. Loderstedt’s demo includes instruction on not only how to capture high quality images of birds, but also how to be good “citizen artists.” Admission is $40 for Conservancy members or $45 for non-members. (Usmani) 1403 West Hines Rd., Peninsula, 330-657-2909, conservancyforcvnp.org.