The November 14th Artist Reception event has been rescheduled
for Saturday, December 6, 2014 
as part of our Holiday Open House. 
Meet Photographer Steve Cagan at the Holiday Open House
December 6, 2014 from 10 AM - 4 PM

Special Guest in the Gallery: Meet and talk with Steve as you view his black and white photographs of birds in the style of portraits. His beautiful photography prints will be for sale, and he will be on hand to personally sign them for you. Great gift idea! 


About Steve's Photographs

Although birds exhibit no facial expressions, we have a way of attributing states of mind and characteristics to them: they are wise, angry, ferocious, comical. These black-and-white images are attempts at "portraits;" they're not nature pictures in the usual sense, they are not intended to help with field identification-there are other photographers doing great work in that field. Rather, I hope they will help the viewers relate in a personal and esthetic way to my "subjects."


More Details about Steve the Holiday Open House below... 


November Speaker Series Event - November 19

"Birds of Oregon" Roger Tory Peterson Institute Ornithological Club - November 19, 2014

Steve Dowlan, currently working with the U.S. Forest Service in Pennsylvania, will present a program with his excellent photos on the "Birds of Oregon" at the next meeting of the Roger Tory Peterson Institute Ornithological Club. The meeting will be held at the Roger Tory Peterson Institute, 311 Curtis Street in Jamestown, New York on Wednesday, November 19, at 7:00 p.m.


The Roger Tory Peterson Institute Ornithological Club has regular monthly meetings from September through November and January through May. Check frequently for updates. Refreshments and conversation after the meeting.

Not the real julbock...ours isn't finished yet!
Holiday Open House - December 6, 2014

10 AM - 4 PM

Special Guest in the Gallery: Meet photographer Steve Cagan as you view his black and white photographs of birds in the style of portraits. Steve will be on hand to talk to guests about his photography and to hand sign his beautiful photography prints that will be for sale.


*Free Admission


*Roger Tory Peterson artwork and memorabilia *Photographer Steve Cagan - print signing 

*Artist Jim Michielson - artist demonstration

*Part of Swedish Christmas Market Day in Jamestown - "Julmarknad"

*See the life size Julbock 


This event coincides with the Jamestown Scandinavian Studies Program's "Julmarknad" or Swedish Christmas Market Day held at the Hamiltion Collegiate Center at Jamestown Community College, and the Svenska Spelman band just might drop in for a bit of music during the afternoon! See artwork and memorabilia of America's great naturalist of the 20th century, meet photographer Steve Cagan, and enjoy a Special Guest Artist Demonstration with Jim Michielson. Also see the life size Julbock - a Scandinavian symbol of Christmas!

More About Steve Cagan 

Steve has over thirty-five years' experience photographing and exhibiting. His major work is in what is called documentary or socially-engaged photography; his avian photography is a by-product of his love of nature and birding.


Major projects have included: "Industrial Hostages," on factory closings in Ohio; Indochina; Nicaragua; El Salvador (especially about a community that formed in a refugee camp and returned to found a new town); and Cuba (especially about the struggles of working-class people in the harsh economy after the fall of the USSR), and "Working Ohio," an extended portrait of working people. Current major project, since 2003: "El Choc´┐Ż, Colombia: Struggle for Cultural and Environmental Survival," documenting threatened rain forest area and the special cultures there.


He has exhibited and published on four continents. He has published reviews and critical writings in a variety of professional journals and books. Major awards include two Fulbright Fellowships, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, and several Ohio Arts Council Fellowships and New Jersey Arts Council Fellowships. He taught in the Visual Arts Department of Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University, 1985-1993.


He is co-author (with his wife Beth) of the book, This Promised Land, El Salvador, which won the 1991 Book of the Year Award of Association for Humanist Sociology. In 1991, he was named "Teacher of the Year" at Rutgers University.

More of his work can be seen at,, and, among other places.


The Beauty of Nature
The busy holiday season is just around the corner, so take some time to relax and enjoy the beauty of nature through artwork, photography and great natural history programming. Need something to do with out of town guests? RTPI is a great place to visit with friends and family.  Please plan to attend one or all of these events; I hope to see you there!
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Twan Leenders, President