Feb exhibit honors Aldo Leopold

Area artists have collaborated to create Green Fire: Art Inspired by Aldo Leopold, Wildlife and Nature, an exhibit February 1 through March 3 at the Fond du Lac Public Library’s Langdon Divers Gallery.

The exhibit, presented by the Gottfried Prairie and Arboretum, is part of a month-long celebration of author, scientist and environmentalist Aldo Leopold, one of the most influential ecologists and authors behind the modern environmental movement. His philosophy of a “land ethic” serves as a model for land management and natural areas throughout the world, including Gottfried Prairie and Arboretum at UW-Fond du Lac. Leopold was a professor at UW-Madison and wrote the seminal environmental work, A Sand County Almanac.

A public reception will be held in the gallery 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday, February 21, in conjunction with the downtown Fond du Lac Tour the Town downtown art walk. Refreshments will be served.

The art exhibit will culminate with Aldo Leopold Day, Saturday, March 1, and two programs at the Fond du Lac Public Library:

10 a.m.: The Gray Wolf, presented by Jerry Sanders and Debbie Hinchcliffe, educators and board members from the International Wolf Center in Ely, Minn. They have studied wolves throughout North America for 20 years and will present a program about the life and behavior of the gray wolf.

1 p.m.: Screening of the documentary, Green Fire: Aldo Leopold and a Land Ethic for Our Time, an Emmy-winning full-length film that highlights Leopold’s career, tracing how he shaped and influenced the modern environmental movement. The title was derived from a Leopold quote, “We reached the old wolf in time to watch a fierce green fire dying in her eyes. I realized then, and have known ever since, that there was something new to me in those eyes – something known only to her and to the mountain.”

The library’s gallery is a showcase for local and regional artists. The space is curated by volunteer artist Susan Fiebig, who can be contacted at [email protected].

Artwork: Promise of Spring by Nina Schmidt.

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