Our Pick of the Week takes place this Saturday, July 9, 2016, the G2 Gallery celebrates two new exhibitions “Moths at LArge” by Jim des Rivières and the third installation of the gallery’s four-part series…”100 Years of National Parks: The Midwest.”

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“Moths at LArge,” an exhibit from Canadian moth expert and photographer Jim des Rivières that was originally shown at the American Museum of Natural History in New York. This exhibition offically opened on june 28 and will remain on view through August 14, 2016.

Moths at LArge will feature large-format photography of various species of moth from des Rivières, mostly from the Ottawa region of Canada, where des Rivières lives and works as a software engineer by day, moth collector by night. He traveled to Los Angeles to specifically photograph two local species for this show: the Ceanothus Silkmoth (Hyalophora euryalus) and the White-Lined Sphynx (Hyles lineata), which he captured in the Certified Wildlife Habitat backyard of G2 owners Dan and Susan Gottlieb.

“There’s more surprise and delight in encountering an unfamiliar creature that shares our local environment,” says des Rivières. “It helps people appreciate the wondrous diversity of our local natural environments, despite how unaware we may be of their presence just outside our doors.”

Collecting local Los Angeles species (thus the LArge vs. Large distinction) is not the first taste of the city for des Rivières – his moth images were on display at the Los Angeles Art Show in 2015, and canvas versions currently line the windows of G2 Gallery, each backlit to create a striking scene on Abbot Kinney Boulevard after dark.

“The way Jim prints and frames his images makes each photograph so life-like that we’ve had visitors refuse to believe it’s not textured 3-D,” says Curator Jolene Hanson. The process des Rivières uses to collect, identify, photography and print each moth is available on his website: http://ottawa.moths.ca/technical.html

“Moths at LArge” will open alongside “100 Years of National Parks: The Midwest,” the third in the gallery’s four-part series celebrating the centennial of the National Park Service. Included in this open-submission, competitive group show are: Buddy Weiss, Javier Gil Vieco, Felix Gil de la Casa, Chris Miele, Kevin Ebi, Kevin Connolly, Rick Kattelmann, Rusty Nelson and Robert Glenn Ketchum. Photos of Badlands National Park, Mount Rushmore and more will be on display until October 2.

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Each three-month exhibit showcases a region of the United States: The North East, The South, The Midwest and The West. More than 600 landmarks, monuments, historical sites, parks, waterways, trails, homes, heritage areas will make up the field of possible subjects in these regions. The National Park Service (NPS) is responsible for the maintenance of these designated areas, ensuring the survival of natural and manmade American landmarks for generations to come.

Admission is $10 at the door and includes wine, hors d’oeuvres and complimentary valet in front of the gallery. All proceeds from admissions will be donated to Earthjustice. RSVP to rsvp@theg2gallery.com.

On View June 28 – August 14, 2016

What: Opening reception
Where: The G2 Gallery, 1503 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice, 90291
When: 6:30pm – 9:00pm Saturday, July 9, 2016
Phone: 310 452-2842
Website: http://www.theg2gallery.com