“Lost World” and “Hope and Resilience” works of a local favorite watercolorist MaryWaters Monroe. This new show will be unlike others that Mary has put together in the gallery’s windows. This time there will be two distinct components: endangered animals on one side, entitled “Lost World,” inspired by her time in Zambia and the exhilarating beauty of our environment on the other side, entitled “Hope and Resilience” inspired by her time in the outdoors of northern California.
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Mary is quick to explain the impetus for this show. “I love the outdoors!,” she says with enthusiasm. “Just out of University my husband and I took jobs teaching in Zambia. We were there for three years and had a year-round school schedule, meaning that we got a month off every three months. So of course we bought an old Land Rover and spent the time traveling to Game parks and some other countries. We saw so many amazing birds and mammals, as well unusual reptiles. Many of those animals are now endangered.”
“When we came back to the states.” Mary continues, “we took jobs up on the Klamath River teaching in a two room school. I had grown up with a father who spent every fall fishing on the Klamath. Now the Klamath and other large rivers in CA are experiencing warming; the amazing Salmon and Steelhead don’t do well in warm water and water fluctuations.”