Join the Natural History Institute for a special presentation by artist Carolyn Schmitz, who will share the inspiration behind her most well-known artwork— portraits of animals wearing hats made from native plant materials. For these and many of her other works, the inspiration is nature: a bottomless wellspring of colors, shapes, textures, and moods.
Also, Carolyn will share the process behind her other nature-based works. From cavemen constructing a wedding gown from skins shed by snakes to clay polar bears circling a pool of crude oil to a shoe made from agave leaves, she uses various elements and materials to collide in unexpected ways.
Carolyn is a wonderful naturalist who translates her curiosity and observations into entrancing art, inviting the viewer to experience the interplay between all living things. We hope you will be inspired and entertained.