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These tiny creatures are indeed artwork, in every sense of the word.

Small Wonders: Insects in Focus

Opening September 7, 2021

In the air, water, and even under foot, insects inhabit every domain of our daily lives, performing essential functions that balance our fragile ecosystem on earth.  By using cutting-edge technology and custom methods, artist Bob Sober created Small Wonders: Insects in Focus, an exhibition of breathtaking beauty that allows viewers to see this hidden world like they’ve never seen it before. Small Wonders aims to inspire, in an artistic way, our natural curiosity to understand the form, function, and diversity of nature. The exhibition opens September 7 at Chelsea District Library.

Creating human-scale images of insects, with resolution so high that every hair, dimple, and tiny structure is clearly revealed, was impossible prior to the technological advancements of the past ten years. These new technological advancements create the opportunity to capture accurate images of insects as they truly exist. These new ways of seeing confront viewers with the idea that insects display the elements we attribute to good design or beautiful artwork. Colors like neon green, sapphire blue, crimson red, deep violet, and brilliant yellow are all part of the insect world!  These tiny creatures are indeed artwork, in every sense of the word.

Accompanying the nationally touring Small Wonders exhibition, will be works of art from the Chelsea community. Frank Allison, local musician and photographer will share his collection of up close and personal insect photographs and offer photography instruction to interested community members.

Photography by Frank Allison

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