Thursday, September 21, 2017

Fwd: Ron Bourque Exhibit Opening

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Subject: Ron Bourque Exhibit Opening

Exhibit Opening at Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge
Please come to meet and greet the photographer at the opening.
Ron Bourque's photo exhibit, Images, will open at Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge on Sunday, September 24 from 2-4 PM, with a reception for the artist.  The photographs show the serendipitous revelation of patterns and images formed by water and wind on beach sand.  On first look, these pictures appear to be finely crafted pencil or charcoal drawings, but they are fascinating photographs, inviting the viewer to perceive and imagine varied images.

Bourque says: "while I was sorting the pictures on my computer into various categories, I began to notice something about the photos of beach sand at low tide. These patterns were not apparent to me when I was took these photographs, but as these images were enlarged on my computer screen, I began to see birds, fish and landscapes emerging in my mind's eye.  When I shared some of these images, some people saw in them themes and subjects I had not noticed." 

Bourque has had a long association with Gateway NRA, beginning in 1979, when he and his late wife began birding in Floyd Bennett Field. They worked as volunteers on many projects in the park including helping to clear some 130 acres of brush, monitoring breeding grassland birds, and leading bird walks for visitors.  Bourque has also been active in NYC Audubon since 1979, served on its board and is a past president of that organization. He currently serves on the Conservation Committee, and is on the board of directors of the Salt Marsh Alliance.  

Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge 175-10 Cross Bay Boulevard, Broad Channel.
Exhibit runs for two months.

"Kelp Forest," a photo of beach sand by Ron Bourque.
Jamaica Bay Unit | Gateway NRA |

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