Sporn presents ‘Rearrangements’ at NorthWind Fine Arts Gallery

SARANAC LAKE – On Friday, Aug. 2, Lee Ann Sporn presents a collection of drawings, encaustic collages and jewelry, inspired by architectural creations found in the natural world.

An opening reception will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. at NorthWind Fine Arts, 36 Broadway in Saranac Lake.

The title of the show, “Rearrangements” is borrowed from Jane Hirschfield’s poem, “Like an Ant Carrying Her Bits of Leaf and Sand.”

The focus for Sporns’ work is the “makings” of animals, created as they go about their work of existence. The bejeweled intricacy of a caddisfly case is assembled by the humble larva from objects it finds nearby. The precise geometry of a hornet’s hive contrasts with the charming randomness of the bird’s nest. Lee Ann presents detailed, illustration-style renderings of these animal creations. She also carries out her own “rearrangements” with a series of abstract, mixed media encaustic collages and jewelry inspired by these works.

Sporn is a professor of biology and environmental science at Paul Smith’s College, and a member of NorthWind Fine Arts Gallery.