Great Blue Herons Celebrate Arts in the Community – Natick Artists Open Studios

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Great blue heron in the Charles River in Autumn.

This weekend is the annual Natick Artists Open Studios weekend, where artists and craftspeople open their studios to the public. (I’m down with pneumonia and so will not be present in person, but my Great Blue Herons can be seen at Five Crows and the Natick Town Hall this year.) Here’s more about this wonderful collective:

Now in its 18th year, Natick Artists Open Studios is comprised of over 80 artists who live, work or show in Natick. We are committed to bringing art to the local community by opening our studios and welcoming conversations about the experience of creating art. We offer the opportunity to see art, learn about how it is made, and buy local art directly from the artists. Participants include painters, photographers, jewelry makers, ceramicists, sculptors, woodworkers as well as paper, fabric, glass and garden artists.

Wherever you live, whatever your community, please support your local artists. The world is richer for their presence.


For the months of September and October, the Great Blue Herons are featured on the walls of the Natick Town Hall, located at 13 East Central Street in Natick, MA. Feel free to stop in during office hours Monday thru Wednesday 8:00 am – 5:00 pm; Thursday 8:00 am – 7:00 pm; Friday 8:00 am – 12:30 pm

From May 1 through July 11, 2018, my Great Blue Heron photographs once again graced the walls of the lobby and theater in a free one-woman show at the Summer Street Gallery, of The Center for Arts in Natick. If you’re in the Boston or Metro West area, please stop by to see the current gallery show at TCAN. The gallery is open whenever the box office is open, so please check hours here.

Thanks to Cee for her recent CFFC: Places People Visit. Not only do the Great Blue Herons visit the Charles River in autumn, so do people. In fact, a quick internet search shows many old postcards of throngs canoeing the Charles near Boston. More than a hundred years ago it was quite a thing.

Thanks to Debbie for her recent Travel with Intent: Blue. Does a Great Blue Heron count as being blue? I won’t quibble here, but they say that the color blue in feathers is an optical illusion, caused by refraction. Have a look at the masthead art at the top my blog. That is a photo I took of an aigrette feather from a Great Blue Heron. There is nothing blue about it.

Thanks to Dawn for her Festival of Leaves: The Orange on the Side of the Road. Does the ‘orange on the side of the river’ instead of ‘at the side of the road’ count? I hope so.

Thanks again to Paula for her Thursday’s Special: Pick a word in October. More than a hundred years ago, this stretch of the Charles River was on the frontier of semi-urban canoeing. Just maybe, this Heron is a descendant of those that people watched from long-ago paddles.
Thanks to Erica V and WordPress for the recent WPC: Place in the World. My favorite place is where the Herons are, of course it is. And the Herons? Their place is near the water, but also on the gallery walls and my blog. How else can I share them with you?

Thanks also to Ben H and WordPress for their WPC Challenge: Liquid. The Herons are drawn to water, as am I.

Through July 13, 2017 I was a Featured Artist at the Five Crows Gallery in Natick, MA. Drop in and see the work of the many wonderfully creative artists who show there when you’re in the area. Five Crows is on FaceBook. To give the gallery a visit, please click here.


Remember: Walk softly and carry a long lens.™

The Tao of Feathers™

© 2018 Babsje. (

Great Blue Heron, Kayaking, TCAN, Five Crows, Natick Artists Open Studios

Posted on October 21, 2018, in ardea herodias, Art, Cee's Fun Foto Challenge, daily prompt, Festival of Leaves, Great Blue Heron, Photography challenge, Weekly Photo Challenge, Wildlife Photography and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 19 Comments.

  1. A beauty, Basje. I hope the exhibition is going well and that you are fully recovered soon. Debbie

  2. So beautiful Babsje, I hope that you are recovered soon!!!

  3. You must get better soon to enjoy more fun! The fall colors set off the GBH beautifully!

  4. As always a wonderful post and photo. 😀

  5. Be well! I trust the show is successful. I wish I could be there. I have a friend in Boston, hmm… maybe someday. Confess I’m partial to anything named “Five Crows.” 🙂

    • Many thanks for your kind thoughts, Lisa. Glad you liked this post and also the name Five Crows, a great little gallery and shop run by a great set of Crows. Best, Babsje

  6. Hij gzeniet blijkbaar ook van de herfst

  7. If I were on the east coast, it would be a real treat to see your beautiful photos.

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