Art inspired by nature on display at Fortuna Library

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Art by Emily and other students at Bridgeville and Willowbrook schools is on display at the Fortuna Library throughout May.

Environmental artwork by 4th through 7th grade students from Willowbrook and Bridgeville Elementary schools will be displayed at the Fortuna Library throughout the entire month of May. Working with local artists and art educators Michael Guerriero and Donvieve, the students created screen prints, relief prints of plants, and drawings of landscapes and mammals.

Funded by a Save the Redwoods League education grant, the program "What is an Old Growth Coastal Redwood Forest?" provides classroom lessons and outdoor field trips. Students are engaged in a variety of outdoor lessons that integrate science and math in a fun way. They get plenty of hands on experience while learning about the ecology of the ancient redwood forest.

"Every day we provide three science lessons and an environmental art lesson delivered by local professional artists, said Barbara Domanchuk, ecology and art education program director.

Many local resources and agencies including Humboldt County Parks, U.S. Bureau of Land Management, California State Parks, AmeriCorps, California Native Plant Society, Humboldt Wildlife Care Center and Humboldt Redwoods Company provide professional mentorship for the students. Representatives from these agencies also lead lessons about old growth forests, the plants and the types of creatures that live there. The Fortuna Library is located at 753 14th St. Library hours are Tuesday 12-5 pm, Wednesday 12-9 p.m., and 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.