“Bringing Wildlife to Paper,” the first Ridgefield show by North Salem artist Robert Folberth, will open at Keeler Tavern Museum & History Center’s Cass Gilbert Carriage Barn on Friday, February 2, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. The artist’s reception will include refreshments of a selection of game appetizers prepared by the artist.

The show, featuring a selection of Mr. Folberth’s wildlife drawings, will run Saturday, February 3 through Sunday, February 11, 12:00 noon to 5:00 p.m. Admission is free. A portion of the artist’s sales will go towards the ongoing restoration of the historic Carriage Barn, which was designed and built by renowned architect Cass Gilbert in 1910.

Growing up in Somers, NY, Mr. Folberth took full advantage of the outdoor life, learning to fish at age five, and to hunt at age fourteen. While pursuing a career as an electrician, Mr Folberth continued to follow his passion for the outdoors – fishing, hunting, camping, boating, photographing nature, and recently, drawing wildlife.

Mr. Folberth began drawing in 1993 while recovering from surgery. While prior attempts at drawing had resulted in crude and unrealistic images, Mr. Folberth discovered a talent for drawing uncannily life-like images of wildlife. His drawings are done strictly with pencil – pastel, wax, charcoal, and watercolor pencils. Occasionally, he utilizes reverse color printing, or negative color of his originals to achieve dramatic results.

Mr. Folberth was named Artist of the Year by the Northern Westchester and Putnam Chapter of Ducks Unlimited in 1998. He has previously exhibited his work at the North Salem Library and Union Hall in North Salem. “I am looking forward to sharing my art and love for wildlife with Ridgefield,” says Mr. Folberth.

Keeler Tavern Museum & History Center, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, is located at 132 Main Street in Ridgefield, CT. The Museum presents three centuries of the region’s history through the lives of the families that occupied the site starting in 1713. It offers docent-led tours of its period-furnished tavern building February through December. More information may be found at www.keelertavernmuseum.org and at Facebook.com/keelertavernmuseum. Additional parking at 152 Main Street.