Wildflowers, birds and more on display at Valley environmental center

This is a painting of a milkweed pod as found on the artist's website.
This is a painting of a milkweed pod as found on Barbara Rzasa’s website.

Art work by professional graphic designer and local artist, Barbara Rzasa, is on display at the Kellogg Environmental Center in Derby.

The free exhibition of art in pastels and watercolors includes wildflowers, birds and still life, is open for viewing Tuesday through Saturday from 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. until June 12, according to the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP).

Rzasa obtained a bachelor’s degree in graphic design from Southern Connecticut State University. Along with graphic design, she fostered a passion for fine art painting.

She studied pastel painting technique under the direction of Eilene Smith of Prospect for eight years and concentrated on painting nature-based themes. Her love of nature and art also inspired her to take courses in botanical watercolor illustration through Yale Peabody Museum.

The center’s location

The Kellogg Environmental Center, operated by the DEEP, is located at 500 Hawthorne Ave., Derby.

For more information and directions to the center, call 203-734-2513 on Tuesday through Saturday or email donna.kingston@ct.gov.