"Freshwater Mussel Shells," 2014, from the portfolio "Drawn from the McClung Museum," lithograph by Maggie Denk-Leigh. Edition: 1/30.
Designed in response to McClung Museum objects: Freshwater mussel shells; Butterfly (Ellipsaria lineolata), Elephantear (Elliptio crassidens), Ringpink (Obovaria retusa), Rabbitsfoot (Quadrula cylindrical).
Artist statement: Shell collections conjure up memories of walks on the shore and time spent with family. Little time might be spent considering their importance as natural biological filters, cleaning our lakes, rivers and streams. Less time might be spent reflecting on their economical impact supporting both the local button and pearl industries. R