RTPI?To Host Reception For Hines Friday

JAMESTOWN – On Friday from 7-9 p.m., the Roger Tory Peterson Institute of Natural History will host a reception to celebrate its current exhibition, “Bob Hines: National Wildlife Artist,” a display of nature and conservation art. The reception will feature a program and book-signing by Hines scholar and biographer Dr. John Juriga of Elmira. The event is free and open to the public; donations are appreciated.

Bob Hines (1912-1994) is well-known for his work in developing the federal Duck Stamp program, which has generated more than $700 million to protect habitat for migratory waterfowl. He was a nationally recognized wildlife artist whose work became a crucial factor in a wave of interest in nature and conservation. Like Roger Tory Peterson, Hines helped educate a public eager to see, understand and protect the environment.

The exhibit takes the visitor on a tour of Hines’ lifework from his start as a conservation illustrator in Ohio through a long and storied career with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, which included working closely with legendary 20th century scientist and conservationist Rachel Carson, whose book “Silent Spring” helped usher in the modern environmental movement.

At the Friday reception, guests can tour the exhibition while enjoying refreshments and meet Dr. Juriga, RTPI staff and volunteers, all in the Peterson Institute’s beautiful surroundings. Juriga will guide guests on a personal tour of Hines’ works and artifacts and share stories behind them. He also will be on hand to sign copies of his biography, “Bob Hines: National Wildlife Artist,” which will be available to purchase.

The Peterson Institute also is featuring displays of the life work of Roger Tory Peterson, some of which have never before been shown to the public. The Institute is located at 311 Curtis St. in Jamestown and is open to the public Tuesdays through Saturdays 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sundays 1-5 p.m. For more information, call 665-2473 or visit www.rtpi.org.