Small Wonders: Insects in Focus


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

Small Wonders: Insects in Focus

September 7 – October 20, 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. Chelsea District Library hosted this exhibition September 7 through October 20, 2021.

Accompanying the nationally touring Small Wonders exhibition, were works of art from 2021 Artist in Residence, Frank Cianciolo. This local musician and photographer shared his collection of up close and personal insect photographs and offered photography instruction to interested community members. He also performed at the historic Chelsea Depot sharing his artwork, life stories, accompanied by his son, Julian Cianciolo. You can see more of Frank’s artwork at Frank spoke to Dave Goulson, British author and biology profession, so discuss insects and bugs, and why they matter to our environment and planet. See a recording of their conversation to learn more about the author and the artist.


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