The show will continue through May 10. It is sponsored by Bernalillo County Commission Chair Maggie Hart Stebbins and is the 24th in her series of shows featuring works by District 3 artists.
“Art plays an important part in our society,” says Commission Chair Maggie Hart Stebbins. “As First Lady Michelle Obama puts it, 'Paintings and poetry, music and fashion design and dialogue, they all define who we are as a people and provide an account of our history for the next generation.' Nowhere is that more true than here in Bernalillo County.”
Walraven, who has lived all over the United States, was born in Los Angeles and developed her passion for nature as a child watching birds at the feeder her parents hung in their yard in Ohio.
She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Ohio University and spent years working as a wildlife technician for the Chattahoochee Nature Center near Atlanta. Her work has been shown in galleries in California, Arizona, Georgia, and North and South Carolina and in many publications, such as The Birdwatchers’ Digest and Audubon Society newsletters, as well as brochures and posters for the U.S. Department of Game and Fish. This is her first New Mexico exhibit.
“I have had a fascination with birds all my life,” Lisa Wren Walraven says. “I feel we have a responsibility to appreciate and protect our natural habitat.”