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The Art of Paying Attention by Beth Surdut

September 1, 2021 @ 8:30 am - January 16, 2022 @ 4:30 pm

Beth Surdut: Wildlife Illustrator, Writer, Environmental Educator

Back Porch Gallery

September 1 – January 16

“If you practice the art of paying attention, you will find that grand adventures await you right outside your door. Once you start looking, it is hard to stop. From my perspective, paying attention brings care, care brings love; and love engenders protection.” Beth Surdut, Visual Storyteller


Come explore our local wildlife and our integrated place in nature with the wildlife illustrations of award-winning artist, writer, and radio commentator Beth Surdut, creator of the multi-platform nature series The Art of Paying Attention, and Listening to Raven drawings and stories. Heard and seen on NPR, Surdut is a certified Environmental Educator who combines storytelling, visual art, and science to observe and understand the creatures with whom we share our lives.

Beth Surdut’s approach and practice of The Art of Paying Attention is an invitation to observe, with unbounded curiosity, the beings that fly, crawl, and skitter along with us in our changing environment. These include the fierce Harris’s hawk she met outside her kitchen, the zebra-tailed lizard that hitched a ride in her pants, the stinky javelina at the front door, beautiful hummingbirds, well-engineered bats and Gila woodpeckers, misunderstood snakes and coyotes, talkative ravens, great horned owls, and others.




September 1 @ 8:30 am
January 16, 2022 @ 4:30 pm