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Wetlands Center to host wildlife artist
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Shown is one of Dr. John Codys prints. He will present a program at the Kansas Wetlands Education Center Feb. 20. - photo by COURTESY PHOTO

Traveling to several continents, Dr. John Cody has followed, studied and rendered in exquisite detail the giant silk moths. Christened the "Audubon of Moths" Dr. Cody will present "Night Beauties – The Giant Silk Moths" at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 20, at the Kansas Wetlands Education Center.

Intended for all ages, his presentation will be followed by an activity for the children. Several mounted silk moth specimens will be on display, along with two species’ cocoons. There is no charge for the presentation or activity.

Dr. John Cody brings to life the startling beauty of these ethereal creatures in his watercolor paintings, which are on display at Sternberg Museum in Hays through March 27. Although his life’s work has been to depict the beauty of silk moths on canvas, his presentations provide a fascinating glimpse into another world.

An encounter at the age of five with a large silk moth in his hometown of Brooklyn, N.Y., began a lifelong passion for Cody. He attended medical school and practiced as a psychiatrist for 25 years. During that time however, he continued studying and painting silk moths from his studio in Hays, taking his wife and three children on trips around the world to observe his subjects.

He received the Kansas Governor’s Arts Award in 1997 for Individual Artist Lifetime Achievement. His exhibitions have included one-man shows at the American Museum of Natural History in New York and the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C.

For further information contact KWEC at 786-7456 or 1-877-243-9268.