On First Friday, April 5, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Columbia Center for the Arts in Hood River, White Salmon artist Janet Essley will present a slide show and artist talk.

The talk will begin at 7 p.m. in the theater.

In “Half the Brain is Sleeping,” Essley will share her thoughts on Science, Art and what one can learn from painting shorebirds.

For seven years she has been working on a series of paintings called “Red Knots, A Cultural Cartography of a Migratory Bird’s Annual Cycle.”

The Cartography is a unique blend of science and art, mapping the migration cycle of a single species of sandpiper through styles of art native to the areas through which they pass.

Prints of six of these paintings will be on display at the Columbia Center for the Arts Gallery during the April “Migration” Show. Eighteen other paintings will be the focus of the slide show and artist talk. (The entire Cartography can be seen on the website:  theredknotsproject.org).

Red Knots make a brief appearance each year at Grays Harbor. To see the birds in person, visit Grays Harbor in mid–May or attend the annual Grays Harbor Shorebird Festival.

The title of the talk “Half the Brain is Sleeping” refers not only to the apparent dichotomy between science and art, but also to the ability of shorebirds to make multi-day, non-stop flights of thousands of miles. It is the subject of one of Essley’s paintings, in the style of Brazilian artist Jose Francisco Borges.

First Friday events are open to the public and free of charge.

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