Amy Bartlett Wright created three painted murals, each measuring 6 feet wide by 11 feet tall, that serve as the new backdrops for exhibits at Sachuest Point National Wildlife Reserve Visitors’ Center.
The paintings are “habitat zones” or vertical slices of specific habitats found at the National Wildlife Refuge. The large colorful paintings add movement, life and context to the exhibits that teach the visitor about our plants and animals and their dependence upon healthy habitats.
Amy’s artwork shows the central area of each mural and changes to the paintings. In Sandy Beach, she added cobble stones above the wrack line and a nesting plover. In Wetland Marsh, she lowered the waterline to expose the mud bank. The grasses are warmer, browner in late summer rather than spring. The great white egret is larger and positioned differently. In Grassland/ Shrub, Amy warmed the colors to move the season later into the fall. Although the paintings are separate individuals, they connect to each other through the clouds, the horizon line and color balance.