Connecticut Audbon Society

Nature on Display in New Exhibitions Celebrating Pulitzer Prize-Winning Writer and Photographer

Opening reception for Trail Wood Artists in Residence show: Saturday, January 28, 2 – 4 p.m., Center at Pomfret. RSVP to Center Director Sarah Heminway.

January 21, 2023 – More than half a century ago, naturalist writer and photographer Edwin Way Teale bought a rustic retreat in the heart of northeastern Connecticut. His work at Trail Wood, a 168-acre farmstead in Hampton, inspired a new generation of environmental conservationists to honor the land and continue his legacy. 

Two public exhibitions that mark Teale’s legacy are opening this month.

  • Trail Wood Reflections: 10th Anniversary of Artists in Residency 

Connecticut Audubon Center at Pomfret – January 28 through March 18
218 Day Road, Pomfret Center, CT 06259
Center Hours: Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday & Sunday Noon-4 p.m.

  • Raid the Archive: Edwin Way Teale and New Works

The Benton Museum at the University of Connecticut – January 17 through March 10
245 Glenbrook Road, Unit 3140, Storrs, CT 06269
Gallery hours: Tuesday – Friday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Saturday & Sunday 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Trail Wood Reflections is a retrospective of written and visual work created by 46 alumni of  Connecticut Audubon’s Edwin Way Teale Writers & Artists-in-Residence program. The program invites writers, poets, painters, photographers, and musicians to find inspiration at the place Teale called his Eden and interpret the natural world through contemporary eyes.

The collection includes watercolors, acrylics, photographs, poetry, essays, and songs inspired by each artist’s immersion in creative solitude.

Visitors are invited to view the free exhibition and learn about Trail Wood. A commemorative booklet of work will be available for purchase during the exhibition.

Applications also are being accepted for the 2023 artist-in-residence program through March 1.

Raid the Archive is an exhibition of new works by participants in a UConn Studio Art graduate seminar in the fall of 2022.

The work is inspired by the Edwin Way Teale Papers preserved by Archives and Special Collections of the University of Connecticut Library, which includes photographs, field notes, draft writings, and memorabilia. 

Raid the Archive also marks the 25th-anniversary of the Teale Lecture series by the UConn Institute for the Environment.

For more information, call the Connecticut Audubon Society’s Center at Pomfret at 860-928-4948.






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