Wilsonville High teacher looks to the sky
Wilsonville art teacher Christopher Shotola-Hardt's passion for ornithology — the study of birds — is magnified through his paintings that will be on display at the Blackfish Gallery in Northwest Portland until Saturday, Oct. 27. Shotola-Hardt has 20 new works and a selection of older works that fit into the "Elegy for the Birds" exhibit.
Shotola-Hardt portrays the birds in his paintings as vulnerable and fragile, and hopes to show emotion, memory and empathy through his fine artwork.
"I am deeply concerned for our planet's ecological health and future," he said in his artist statement. "Birds have always been indicator species for me — it is informative to track fluctuations in bird species populations, and changes in bird migrations and habitat ranges — signaling to humanity how we impact our world, how we affect the other beings who share this Earth, and how we endanger ourselves and future generations."
While Shotola-Hardt is exhibiting his art in Portland, he secured a display space for current and former WHS students at the Starbucks in the Wilsonville Fred Meyer.