In the 18th and 19th centuries, people who were curious about all the plants and animals on our planet would look at illustrations in books.
Those illustrations, created long ago by both men and women, still inspire nature lovers and visual artists today.
That’s the idea behind “Radical Kingdoms,” an exhibit dense with images of birds and butterflies, flowers and mammals, which opened last week in the Mandeville Gallery at Schenectady’s Union College.
In the exhibit, 20 works by five contemporary artists in acrylic, ink, watercolor and collage, are hung next to 13 works by those early artists. You’ll see John James Audubon’s “The Viviparous Quadrapeds of North America” and drawings by lesser-known artists of the time, such as J. Sowerby, Mary Peart and Georg Dionysius Ehret.
The contemporary artists include George Boorujy, Portia Munson, Juan Fontanive, Amy Ross and Anne Siems.
The exhibit runs through June 18 in the Mandeville, which is located on the second floor of the Nott Memorial. A reception is scheduled today from 5 to 6:30 p.m.
The Nott Memorial is open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission is free.
Fill your bowl with chili from local chefs. Eat the chili and keep the bowl.
Saratoga Clay Arts Center is holding its sixth annual Chili Bowl on Saturday at 167 Hayes Road in Schuylerville.
Five Saratoga Springs restaurants will be competing for the “best chili” award: The Brook Tavern (2015 & 2016 winner), Sperry’s Restaurant, Mama Mia’s, Prime at Saratoga National and Morton’s Steak House.
Because of overflow crowds, the clay center asks participants to register online for a time slot from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. The chili bowls, each unique and handcrafted by local clay artists and Saratoga Clay founder Jill Fishon-Kovachick, cost $15 each.
To register, visit saratogaclayarts.org. If all the bowls are sold online, no walk-ins will be allowed.
Own a home
“Breathing Lights,” the art project that raised awareness of abandoned homes in the Capital Region, is offering a Building Reclamation Clinic at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Capital South Community Center, 20 Warren St., Albany.
Prospective home buyers will get help on finding a property and how to qualify for grants and loans.
The clinic is free. Lunch and childcare will be provided. Call 274-3050 for reservations.