Waltzes with Giants, The Twilight Journey of the North Atlantic Right Whale

Tuesday, December 4, 2018, 12:00pm – 1:00pm Save to Calendar

Explore the world of the North Atlantic Right Whale.


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  • Suggested Donation: $2.00


Mather Auditorium

This event is handicap accessible

Waltzes with Giants, The Twilight Journey of the North Atlantic Right Whale is Peter C. Stone’s moving portrait of one of earth’s largest endangered mammals. Mystical and provocative, it is inspired by a real North Atlantic right whale (Eubalaena glacialis) and her threatened migrations from Atlantic Canada to her calving grounds off the coasts of Georgia and Florida. In the spirit of marine biologist and conservationist Rachel Carson’s sea trilogy, the story blends sound science with art and a literary voice to evoke the wonder, the sorrow, and the conflicts associated with this member of the suborder Mysticetes (baleen whales). With paintings and images from his illustrated book, Peter’s multi-media presentation will give the context in which scientific research was transformed into this story for a broad audience. Combining mythological symbols with principles of living systems, the focus will be on how scientists have begun to resolve our cultural impacts (ship strikes, entanglements, waste, and noise) on the spatial and acoustic habitat of the right whale. Selected paintings and books will be available for sale. For more information, please visit: www.PeterCStoneStudios.com  

Artist/author/educator Peter C. Stone is a knowledgeable speaker whose enthusiasm for observing the natural world is contagious. His “dreamy…evocative” (School Library Journal) paintings and books honor the evolutionary wisdom and interconnectedness of endangered creatures, cultures, and ecosystems.  

Since 1983, he has presented more than sixty solo shows and over one hundred group exhibitions at galleries and museums in the United States, Canada, and England, including Art Expo New York, the Royal Academy of Arts, London, the Peabody Essex Museum, and the DeCordova Museum. His latest book, Dreams to Dance in Moonlight (Outskirts, 2014), is a Foreword Reviews’ INDIEFAB Book of the Year Awards Finalist. “Stone weaves language that hypnotizes…” (BlueInk Review), “the most exquisite verse…the most beautiful visions…” (Readers’ Favorite Book Reviews).  

His illustrated work, Waltzes with Giants, The Twilight Journey of the North Atlantic Right Whale (Skyhorse, 2012), is a moving portrait of one of earth’s largest endangered mammals, Winner of the USA Best Book Awards for Children’s Hardcover Non-Fiction, and a selection of the Children’s Book-of-the-Month Club. “A stunning, shocking, beautiful book.” (Amazon Reviews)  

“Mr. Stone defies traditional labeling--- as a writer, his stories are mystical, provocative, a lyrical blending of mythology, science, and art. As an artist, his paintings are ‘luminous, spiritual journeys that celebrate nature.’” (Cohasset Mariner) They have been called “…sumptuous… beyond the tactile into a nearly mystical realm…” (Publishers Weekly


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