Wild Bees, an exhibition showcasing the works of Paula Sharp and Ross Eatman, is a collection of stunning macro photographs depicting the world of America’s native bees. The exhibit is on a national tour of prominent museums, botanical gardens, and galleries. Originally set to end in October, the exhibit is still buzzing through February 7 at IMAS.
Sharp and Eatman are co-authors of the highly regarded and popular website, Wild Bees of New York, the culmination of a three-year project tracking and photographing more than 120 northeastern bee species. Supported by the New York State Environmental Protection Fund, the project focused on bees of New York’s Rockefeller State Park Preserve, a forested area that is home to many woodland bee species; and Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture, an experimental farmland with orchards, vegetable gardens and apiaries.
In September of 2018, Sharp and Eatman commenced a new project at the National Butterfly Center of Hidalgo County, Texas, documenting native bee species inhabiting the unique ecosystems of the Lower Rio Grande Valley. In January 2019, Sharp and Eatman launched Wild Bees of the National Butterfly Center, a website dedicated to LRGV bees.
Paula Sharp is a photojournalist and writer. She is the author of the bestseller Crows Over a Wheatfield and four other New York Times Notable Books. Sharp has traveled throughout the United States and Brazil, photographing and documenting life here and in the Amazon. Ross Eatman has been a nature and travel photographer for twenty years. He is a co-founder of Sharp-Eatman Nature Photography, a society dedicated to documenting conservation issues.
The International Museum of arts and Sciences is open and has several exhibits on display and programs taking place. The IMAS galleries are open weekly Wednesday through Saturday with modified hours and scheduled admission tickets. Currently admission is $1 for guests four and up, and IMAS members and children under four receive free admission. Visit theimasonline.org for the most up to date visitor information. IMAS is located at 1900 W. Nolana Ave in McAllen.
Photo: Perplexing Bumblebee Exploring Mallow © 2018, Paula Sharp