By Peter Jensen
Last weekend I took a few hours to visit the Exquisite Creatures exhibit at OMSI. This art & science show ends on Monday, February 17th and I highly recommend you try to see it before it closes. The beauty, color, artistry, and diversity of nature will capture your imagination. Christopher Marley’s art will inspire you to look and think differently about human nature and our planet. Marley is a local, Salem based, artist, author, designer, and photographer.
As an elementary Montessori teacher I loved all the connections to elementary lessons and the Timeline of Life in particular. At the very least, your children will be amazed by the exotic, iridescent and colorful creatures they may have never seen. At its best, you and your family will connect with nature in a new way and learn about biophilia. Biophilia is the idea that humans possess an innate tendency to seek connections with nature and other forms of life.
I encourage you to take a bit of time in the next five days to venture out and engage with nature and art in this unique way. My hope is you will then be inspired to get outside and use your sharpened eye to see the richness that surrounds us everyday.