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Wildlife photography exhibit opens Feb. 24 at Oak Hill & Martha Berry Museum

Gina Flanigen doe and fawn
Gina Flanigen

Oak Hill & The Martha Berry Museum presents “Sanctuary at Berry: Wildlife Photography by Gena Flanigen” from Feb. 24 through Aug. 18.

This exhibition features work by photographer Gena Flanigen and explores Berry College’s wild inhabitants, including a variety of birds, mammals and reptiles. Sharing these images offers a chance to examine the rich history of the coexistence of humans and wild animals on the college campus.

 The show’s theme comes from a letter written by Martha Berry, Berry College’s founder, to Mrs. W.K. Kellogg in which she states, “We also have a bird sanctuary at Berry and no one is allowed to shoot bird or game on our campus or the school grounds of 20,000 acres. We are teaching the boys and girls to protect and care for the birds and to love and appreciate the wild flowers and shrubs.”

Flanigen, a retired educator, is a native of Rome. A self-taught wildlife photographer, she has found significant inspiration from the Berry College bald eagles. Her passion for the bald eagles led to the publication of two photography books, “Strength and Beauty” and “Majestic” making her a natural choice for this exhibition.

 Museum admission is $8 for adults, $7 for senior citizens and $5 for students.

During the run of “Sanctuary at Berry,” Berry faculty and community members will present lectures on various topics, such as: the white-tailed deer, the Berry College bald eagles, striped bass spawning, and ongoing Eastern bluebird and coyote research. Dates for the lectures will be released as soon as the details are finalized.

For more information about the exhibit, visit online at www.berry.edu/oakhill/.