Meet Judy Benson and Roxanne Steed
November 13 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Judy Benson and Roxanne Steed, co-authors of Earth and Sky: Nature Meditation in Word and Watercolor, will sign copies of their new book on Sunday, November 13, from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. at The Connecticut Audubon Society Center at Pomfret, 218 Day Road. There is no charge to attend the book signing and talk, in which Benson and Steed will share their process, inspiration, and excerpts from their book.
A collaboration between friends, Earth and Sky is a beautiful collection of Benson’s short nature essays paired with Steed’s watercolors. According to the authors, “The book is intended to inspire reflection, be a focus for meditation, and encourage the reader’s own creative expression. The creation of this book was a means of dealing with the chaos of 2020. But before the writing and the painting came time spent outdoors. Taking time out to make nature the center of attention helps us realign our perspective when we need it most.”
Benson, a New London resident, is the communications coordinator at Connecticut Sea Grant, located at UConn Avery Point, and editor of its biannual magazine Wrack Lines. She formerly was a health and environment reporter and staff writer/editor for The Day. Steed (www.roxannesteed.com) is a Mystic artist and instructor who has exhibited her work locally, nationally, and internationally. She leads artist workshops in the U.S. and abroad. Steed has taught nature sketchbook journaling classes for The Connecticut Audubon Society and is looking forward to resuming them in the coming year.
Both Benson and Steed have been participants in the Artist-in-Residence Program started at The Edwin Way Teale Memorial Sanctuary at Trail Wood in 2012. Through a juried process, The Connecticut Audubon Society invites writers and visual artists to spend a week of creative solitude in residence in the historic Hampton, CT home of Pulitzer Prize-winning naturalist, writer, and photographer Edwin Way Teale and his wife and collaborator, Nellie. While there, artists are encouraged to practice their craft in a way that is inspired by both Trail Wood’s natural beauty and Teale’s significant role in American natural history writing.
Earth and Sky: Nature Meditation in Word and Watercolor is available from the Center at Pomfret’s store.