First Friday Special Guests: New Mexico Wild Life Center

by | Feb 23, 2023 | Coe Collaborations, Collections Programming

Special Collaboration: The New Mexico Wildlife Center

Friday, March 3, 2023
1-4 PM

The Coe is pleased to announce that Beth Thompson from the New Mexico Wildlife Center will be presenting at the next First Friday, March 3, from 1-2 pm. Joining her are the wonderful and friendly Bull snake, Sage, and the charismatic and stylish Western Box Turtle, Patches. Also joining will be examples of snakes and turtles found within the Coe Collection.

Beth Thompson, Assistant Curator at the New Mexico Wildlife Center, has been an environmental educator since graduating from Ramapo College of New Jersey with an Environmental Studies degree. Her career has included a wide variety of opportunities all across the United States! Before joining the New Mexico Wildlife Center team, she was an Assistant Naturalist at the Center for Environmental Education at PNW BOCES in New York for over five years. She teaches students in their classrooms or outdoors. She cares for ambassador animals, including raptors, reptiles, amphibians, insects, and small mammals, which translates well to working at NMWC. When not caring for or teaching animals, Beth enjoys exploring new surroundings, singing in choral groups, and mastering the art of reading and walking simultaneously, so she doesn’t need to put the book down.

The Ralph T. Coe Center for the Arts explores and connects through experiencing the world’s Indigenous Arts. The Coe creates awareness, education, and appreciation of Indigenous Arts. We connect people and art through inclusive hands-on experiential learning, collaboration, and partnering. In this, we responsibly steward a diverse and eclectic collection of world Indigenous Art that supports community narratives.

    Beth Thompson, Assistant Curator at the New Mexico Wildlife Center.

    Pula Gutierrez (Santa Clara Pueblo), Turtle, c. 1995. Blackware, 2 x 7.25 x 6.25 in. (5 x 18.4 x 15.8 cm). Gift of Hugh Zimmer. NA1524.

    Patches will be dropping by!

    Unknown Artist (Sumatra), Snake Charm, n.d. Wood and bead inlay, 3.25 x 20.5 in. (8 x 52 cm). Gift of Ralph T. Coe. AS0066.

    Our slithery friend, Sage.

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