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New work by Gar Waterman

Tiny, magnificent, and often more outrageous than our wildest imaginings, nudibranchs are among the least recognized ocean inhabitants to the general, non-diving public. These sculptures celebrate the extraordinary colors and forms to be found in the world of opisthobranchs.

“This succulent specimen, carved in a pale green striated Afghani onyx, is modeled after the suborder Arminina nudibranch Dermatobranchus, found exclusively in the Western Pacific in deep water around the Island of Vanuatu. The oral veil, or velum, is the only feature that Arminid nudibranchs have in common. Note the suggestion of annulate rhinophores.

This and the other nudibranch sculptures whose images I have been promiscuously promulgating by email will appear in Boston this November in a special exhibit. Along with underwater photographs of the real things by some of the best u/w photographers around, the exhibit will be a part of the award ceremony for the Pinedo Award, a very prestigious event attended by many of the CEO’s of the world’s biggest pharmaceutical companies. The Pinedo Award is given annually to an individual for achievement in translational oncology. In the world of cancer related medicine, it is one of the highest awards out there. For those of you who might be wondering what the connection is, many nudibranchs are highly toxic, their aposematic coloring serving to warn away predators. Their toxins are the subject of research in the development of drugs to treat cancer and a number of other diseases, so the nudibranch you see just might one day save your life.

Following the Pinedo Award event, the sculptures and photographs will become part of an exhibit that will travel to Science Museums and Aquaria here and abroad. A spotlight will shine on these exquisite creatures, and the exhibit’s unique mix of art and science will seek to add its voice to a critical call for marine conservation and the importance of maintaining biodiversity.”

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. . . how I wish I was posting this about myself! It’s actually the subtitle of a new blog by Inspired Garden artists James Aponovich and Beth Johansson: Aponovich and Johansson At Home and Away.

“We’re artists, gardeners, food lovers, frequent travelers to Italy. A day at home starts in the studio or garden and ends in the kitchen. A day away starts with coffee, sketching, lunch at a carefully selected place, then on to viewing a great work of art, architecture or garden, topping the day with dinner and conversation.”

The gardens at their New Hamshire home are equally beautiful in winter and summer:

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Book Talk Schedule

March 12 – 10:30 am & 1:30 am – Portland, ME – Portland Flower Show: Gardens Gone Wild – Visit the Flower Show Website

March 25 – 1:00 pm – Harrison, ME – Harrison Village Library – Visit the Library Website

April 13 – 6:30 pm – Newburyport, MA – Newburyport Horticultural Club – Newburyport Library –Visit the Library Website

May 17 – 2:00 pm – Freeport, ME – Freeport Community Library – Visit the Library Website

June 3 – 2:00 pm – Rockport, ME – Rockport Garden Club – Visit the Opera House Website

August 19 – 12:00 noon – Brunswick, ME – Harpswell Garden Club – Curtis Memorial Library – Visit the Library Website

October 1 & 2 – Times TBA – Bangor, ME – Bangor Book Festival – Visit the Festival Website

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The Desire to Journey blog

Photographer Caryn B. Davis has a new blog, The Desire to Journey. Her first post begins, “Dorothy said “There’s no place like home.” It turns out, Dorothy was wrong.” And although I live in an idyllic setting on the coast of Maine, I couldn’t agree more. Travel shows us aspects of the world, and of ourselves, we didn’t know existed. I’m looking forward to her following this blog – hope you are, too.

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This just in from artist Leah Gauthier:

over the next few weeks
i’ll be updating the sharecropper
blog with post-season reflections
on all of the parcels to share
what i learned about urban gardening
in nyc last summer.

there are also tons of photos on flickr
and a documentary about the project by
skye macleod, video producer from  columbia
university’s ed lab.

Sharecropper Video: Part 1

Sharecropper Video: Part 2

Sharecropper Video: Part 3

links can be found at:  http://www.sharecropperart.org
other works at: http://www.leahgauthier.com

then sharecropper 2010 comes home
to bloomington, indiana!

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Book Talk in Camden

2010 is almost here and I can hardly believe it. In just a few short weeks I will be giving the first in a series of talks about the gardens in The Inspired Garden. The first one is at 12 noon on January 12 at Merryspring Nature Center, Camden, ME. Merryspring is a non-profit, privately-owned 66-acre park and education center in Camden and Rockport, Maine, with nature trails and gardens open to the public every day free of charge. This member-supported organization offers talks, classes and workshops throughout the year. Visit their website at merryspring.org.

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New Garden Heap at Windy Corner

Ann Stein Aaron’s beautiful wattle compost enclosure was featured in The Inspired Garden and it inspired me to re-think my own enclosure made of old shipping palettes. Since I haven’t rebuilt it yet, now I have something new to consider. Ann writes:

“The Wattle fence had decayed and I wanted to build something that would be more lasting. Except for the new pressure treated in-the-ground posts, it is built entirely of wood scraps left from construction that had been languishing in our basement (with no apparent use except as kindling) dregs of old deck paint from various projects, segments of coated wire recycled from the old veggie box surrounds, and scrap chunks of granite.

The granite is to give the weed-wacker something to chop against without chewing away at the posts, and to allow the slats to be spaced up enough from the ground to protect from frost heaves. The inner wire is attached to pounded-in metal fence posts which keep the refuse a few inches away from the wood.

It was a fun project for me…the closest I’ll get to what might be loosely considered “carpentry”!”

Aaron Fence

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