By HOLLI MELTON
HENDERSON, Ky. —The Preston Arts Center is hosting the Photo Ark exhibit from National Geographic beginning this week.
The Photo Ark exhibit was created by acclaimed photographer Joe Sartore and looks to capture images of every species on Earth. This exhibit includes pictures of animals from all around the world and gives attendees the chance to take a “selfie” with a 10-foot elephant.
"The interaction of animals with their environments is the engine that keeps the planet healthy for all of us. But for many species, time is running out,” says a news release from National Geographic. “When you remove one, it affects us all. The National Geographic Photo Ark is a multi-year effort to raise awareness of and find solutions to some of the most pressing issues affecting wildlife and their habitats.”
This rare opportunity is open to the public and brings with it a lineup of activities that will take place.
The exhibit will be at the Preston Arts Center until March 15. Activities begin Thursday, Jan.24 with a Family Night for students from Cairo and Jefferson elementary schools from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Other school Family Nights includes Feb. 7 for Niagara and Bend Gate students; Feb. 21 for Spottsville and Chandler students; and March 7 for students from East Heights and South Heights.
The Photo Ark exhibit is free and open to the public beginning Friday, Jan. 25, and after that any Wednesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
A series of lectures open to the public are also taking place. They are:
Saturday, Feb. 2, at 1 p.m. with Scott Schupe, a western Kentucky-based naturalist and reptile expert.
Saturday, Feb. 9 at 1 p.m. with Christoph Irmscher, an educator and author who is an expert on Audubon.
Saturday, Feb.16 at 1 p.m. Turtle Day will be presented by Wesselman Nature Preserve. This is a fun family day with no tickets required.
Friday, March 8 – 6 p.m. with Jordyn Myracle, executive director of the Ohio Valley Art League.
Each lecture takes place at Preston Arts Center, located on the campus of Henderson Community College at 2660 South Green St.
For more information on the exhibit please contact Preston Arts Center Director Eric Kerchner at (270) 831-9800.