Absolute Raptor From Wildlife Conservation to Hawkwatching
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For Immediate Release: November 19, 2012
Contact: Andra Lorenz, Management Analyst, (650) 286-3215, alorenz@fostercity.org

The Foster City Art Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of a new exhibition. “Absolute Raptor” features the photographs of Taiwanese American raptorlogist and wildlife photographer, Corry Chen. A reception for the artist will be held from 2 PM to 4 PM on Saturday, December 1, 2012. The exhibition will run through December 30, 2012. The exhibit features 20 beautiful photographs of raptors.

Corry Chen is a Taiwan-born wildlife enthusiast, birder and raptor conservationist who served as Director of Information for the Raptor Research Group of Taiwan from 2002 to 2007. At a very young age Corry started studying wildlife and nature and also came under the personal tutelage of reputable ornithologists in Taiwan, the United States and Asia. Corry started focusing on observation of raptors in 1994, specializing in migratory hawks, eagles and falcons throughout Formosa Island.

From 1996 through 2007, Corry spent time in the raptor conservation effort for the Spring Raptor Migration studies in northern Taiwan’s Guanying Mountain. He often wandered around the magnificent outdoor landscape, seeking out wildlife and soaring hawks in beautiful scenes for inspiration and scientific study.

In April 2005, Corry purchased his first telephoto camera, inspired to practice photography at a professional level. He started using ‘Migratory Man’ as his nickname for his blog and web journalism and photo documentation. Since, he has produced many amazing photographs of raptors soaring and perching in the landscape. His work features not only the raptors themselves, but also raptor habitat in Japan, South Korea, China, India, Vietnam, Malaysia and Thailand.

In 2010, Corry and his family emigrated to the United States and he started his wildlife and natural exploration in this new continent, continuing down the path of his travel, but now exploring areas in his new home area -- Hawk Hill in Marin County, Point Reyes in the San Francisco Bay Area and even to San Diego, in the Pacific Flyway, in order to capture photographs of mighty migratory raptors.

Don’t miss this amazing exhibit of raptor photographs. The Foster City Art Gallery is located at 650 Shell Boulevard in Foster City. Gallery hours are Monday thru Saturday from 10 AM to 6 PM (closed Sundays.) For gallery and art tours by reservation, contact the Parks & Recreation Department or Art Gallery Director Gina Kuo at 650- 286-3380. The gallery is handicapped accessible.

The Foster City Art Gallery is a not-for-profit public art gallery which operates for the benefit and enrichment of the public. The mission of the Gallery is to promote awareness and appreciation of the visual arts and showcase a variety of artists throughout the year. Located in Foster City California, the Gallery is housed within the William Walker Recreation Center which is visited by over 100,000 people per year. The Gallery is managed by City staff and members of the Foster City Arts and Culture Committee and is generously supported by the Foster City City Council. Proposals for exhibitions are evaluated on a monthly basis and artists are welcome to submit artwork for consideration.

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