The extraordinary adaptations exhibited in wild animals and plants are the focus of Marnie Sinclair’s paintings and sculptures that are on exhibit at the Pemaquid Watershed Association (PWA) office gallery through October 2. Using metal, wire, gems, mirror, driftwood, and paper, Sinclair creates sculptures that, with their accompanying stories, illustrate how plants survive by attracting pollinators, fending off predators, warning same species of invasions, and recognizing kin. For instance, one of Sinclair’s sculptures is of the one species of Angel’s Trumpet that lacks scent, the red-flowered Brugmansia sanguinea found in the Ecuadorian highlands. This flower is pollinated by the sword-billed hummingbird (Ensifera ensifera), whose 4-inch bill (which is longer than its body) is perfectly adapted for reaching the nectar deep inside the flower’s long, tubular corolla. “Nature is full of surprises and never fails to leave the viewer in awe from witnessing the complexity and intelligence that exists within each species as it maintains its balance in the ecosystem,” Sinclair said. To view the exhibit, visit the Association’s office from 9:30-4:30 weekdays, located at 15 Courtyard Street, above Salt Bay Café in downtown Damariscotta. Sinclair is giving 40% of sales to support the PWA mission of conserving the natural resources of the Pemaquid Peninsula.

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