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This November the Crowell Gallery is pleased to exhibit a photo gallery of wildlife images by Dara Carleton. She will take the viewer into our lakes and streams with pictures taken from her kayak and into the lives found in the meadows and woodlands of southern Vermont. She is calling her show “The Peace of Wild Things” after the Wendell Berry poem of the same name.
“I offer these as a brief distraction from what is going on in the world right now. This is the time to try to see the beauty in the world and enjoy the peace of the wild things. When I need to fill my soul and calm my brain, I go out onto the water and listen to the chatter of eagles, the songs of small birds and the sounds of animals. I ‘rest in the grace of the world, and am free.’ When I’m out taking photos I am immersing myself in nature and appreciating everything I see. Every worry and thought leaves me and I am alone with these incredible creatures. I come into the peace of wild things.”
Dara has a BA in art and has been involved with photography since the age of 10. She has had several solo exhibits and showings locally and has won awards for her wildlife photographs to include being recognized by New Hampshire Audubon. Dara monitors several bald eagle nests annually and has volunteered for both NH and VT Audubon. Born in New York, Carleton moved to Vermont in 2012 to be with her husband, Tom. They live in a log cabin in Brookline Vermont, along with her camera, her kayak, and a visiting family of raccoons.
The Peace of Wild ThingsWhen despair for the world grows in meand I wake in the night at the least soundin fear of what my life and my children’s lives may be,I go and lie down where the wood drakerests in his beauty on the water, and the great heron feeds.I come into the peace of wild thingswho do not tax their lives with forethoughtof grief. I come into the presence of still water.And I feel above me the day-blind starswaiting with their light. For a timeI rest in the grace of the world, and am free. ~ Wendell Berry