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KAREN JACOBSEN, UNDERWATER ILLUSTRATOR, from page 1 meters tall that feed on bacteria in a place where there is no sunlight and, therefore, no photosynthesis. They’ve found marine worms that feed on whale skeletons. And they’ve found newly discovered animal species like the yeti crab, along with eyeless shrimp and Kiwa hirsute. Their finds could shed light on the origins of life on Earth and the rest of the universe, said Jacobsen. And they could also help humans adapt to living in outer space should they need to vacate this planet one day to survive as a species. “It’s unbelievable how many new species they find,� she said. “And it’s exciting because if there’s life in places we didn’t think possible, where else could life exist?� Jacobsen, who creates her work while looking out onto the blue-colored palette of the ocean, can convey subtleties not evident in photographs while leaving out distracting details, said David Nateman, former director of the North Carolina Maritime Museum. “Karen is able to highlight features not seen in photographs,� he said. “Everybody takes photographs. But illustrations have always been used to catalog zoological uniqueness,� added Jacobsen. “And I can arrange things differently than you might get if you took a photograph, so it’s more helpful to those looking at the picture.� Jacobsen says she can’t make a living strictly on the scientific illustrations, especially considering

she’s joined a few expeditions for no more than the airfare to get to the ship. But she wouldn’t trade the experience for all the money in the world. “One of these days I’ll be famous but I won’t be rich,� she said. “I’m pretty much the only artist who has seen as much as I have. And I’m definitely the only one who’s been on multiple expeditions.�

Scientific illustrating: WHAT TO KNOW Scientific illustrating can help kids visualize science, Karen Jacobsen says. “A lot of kids are visually oriented. And illustrating things, rather than simply taking a photograph of something, forces them to slow down and really look at things,� she said. Illustrating helps the drawer recognize similarities and differences in shapes and other factors. It teaches spatial relationships. And it helps the drawer remember details, she added. “And when you take the time to draw something, you don’t ever forget it,� Jacobsen said. I still remember things I drew in my invertebrate class in college 30 years ago.� To get started: Isolate the subject matter. Don’t try to draw everything but rather pick out what’s important. Don’t be afraid to make mistakes—few people draw things exactly right the first time. tws

Artists’ Trunk Show Benefits the ERC Art, wine and good company, all in the name of a good cause, make for a great evening. A group of local artists gathered by Environmental Resource Center (ERC) board member Deb Bohrer will hold a trunk show Thursday, Oct. 18 from 6-9 p.m. Open to the public, the event will be held at Bohrer’s Sun Valley home at 232 Bitterroot Road. Stop in to browse, sip, and meet new ERC Executive Director, Molly Goodyear. ERC board and staff will have news about upcoming ERC programs and initiatives to share. The participating artists will donate 10 percent of their sales to the ERC

in support of educational programs. Among the tantalizing offerings are handmade jewelry from Liesel Pawliw and (ERC office director) Lisa Horton, plus cards and prints by Kim Howard, Lucky Seven Silk Scarves from designer Brentano Haleen, and paintings and photographs by Mary Beth Flowers. Stylist Dianne Pettyeclear will offer everything from instant style adjustments to total fashion makeovers, and Deb Bohrer will also exhibit her paintings. For more information, call the ERC at 208.726.4333 or e-mail lhorton@

Free Evening Tour of Happily Ever After Enjoy a glass of wine and learn more about the art on view during a free tour of the Sun Valley Center for the Arts exhibition Happily Ever After? on Thursday, October 18 at 5:30 p.m. No reservations are necessary—just drop in. Happily Ever After? features art by seven contemporary artists inspired

by fairy tales, including three prints of Little Red Riding Hood and the Wolf by internationally acclaimed artist Kiki Smith and a room-size installation created just for this exhibition by Andrea DezsĂś. The exhibition continues through Nov. 30; for more about the art and details about related events, visit

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