Philip Henry Gosse Exhibit at Eastern Shore Art Center in Fairhope
August 5 – October 29
Gallery Talk and Reception: On Thursday, October 13th from 4–7 p.m., the Eastern Shore Art Center (ESAC) in conjunction with Alabama Audubon invites you to celebrate the work of English naturalist Philip Henry Gosse (1810-1888). Dr. Gary Mullen, Professor Emeritus of the Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology at Auburn University, will be presenting on Gosse’s life followed by a reception and exhibition of reproduced prints of Gosse’s artwork.
This event is FREE to the public, but registration is requested for planning purposes by Wednesday, October 12th, at 12 p.m. CDT.
“A NATURALIST’S SOJOURN IN ALABAMA”
Take a journey back in time to 1830s Alabama with English naturalist Philip Henry Gosse, and imagine a world before field guides or widespread knowledge of our state’s beautiful flora and fauna. In his intricate, hand-painted illustrations of moths, butterflies, and various other insects, Gosse captured the essence of many of our most beloved native plants and insects. Although he only spent eight months in Alabama in 1838, he made a significant contribution to our state’s history and science through his depictions of landscapes, people, and wildlife.
About Eastern Shore Art Center: The Eastern Shore Art Association was founded in 1954 by a group of local artists and art patrons who recognized the importance of art to a meaningful and full community life. Construction began that same year on a one room gallery on the site of the former Pinewood Pottery Studio that had operated in Fairhope for over twenty years making functional ceramics from local clay. The Art Center (first dedicated in 1965) has continued to grow in that same location over the past 50 years to a facility that houses five exhibit galleries and four teaching studios. ESAC now includes among its activities monthly exhibits; quarterly classes for adults and children; an annual outdoor show; monthly Art Walks; outreach programs for assisted living residents and children and adults with disabilities and chronic illnesses; and extensive programs for both public art and arts education in local schools.