Great Prairie Weeping Beech by Todd Smith and Natalie Biesel

Great Prairie Weeping Beech by Todd Smith and Natalie Biesel

Geese on Lake Nevin by Nori Hall

Geese on Lake Nevin by Nori Hall

The Photography of Todd Smith, Natalie Biesel, and Nori Hall

Set to take place in October this year, Bernheim will showcase the photography of artists, Todd Smith, and his collaborator Natalie Biesel, and Nori Hall.  All have worked at Bernheim in two different Arts in Nature Programs.

The exhibition will take place at Bernheim’s Education Center an artists’ reception on October 13th from 2-4:30. The exhibition will run through November 30th.

Todd Smith was awarded a Bernheim Artist in Residence Fellowship in 2011 during which time he created a series of photographs called Bernheim Light Maps Series. These photographs document Smith’s tree climbs in locations at Bernheim at night. Natalie Biesel was his collaborator on this project.

Smith wore a handmade light suit and used long exposure photography to visually track his path through the trees. The suit consists of five strands of colored lights, each corresponding to his limbs and head, resulting in a color-coded legend to of Smith’s body positions throughout the light path.  The large format works, typically 30 inches by 50 inches, are printed on aluminum.

Nori Hall, who resides in Lexington, has been visiting Bernheim for one-week stays throughout all four seasons to photograph Bernheim’s ever-changing beauty. She is a participant in the new Arts in Nature program called Local Use by Local Artists.

Hall uses both analog and digital techniques to shoot film, and print digitally. Her basic tools are a Hasselblad 501 C/M medium format camera, a wide format digital printer, and highly textured paper which she suspends in shadow box type, simple wood frames. Her prints most often are 32 inches by 40 inches once framed.

Bernheim’s Arts in Nature Program promotes multi-disciplinary explorations of our relationship with the natural environment through artistic expression. The program expands upon Bernheim’s long history of art in the landscape.  It is designed to enhance the visitor experience through interaction with art and artists.

“It is our hope that the Arts and Nature program provides experiences at Bernheim that revive the spirit and encourage creativity,” said Slaughter.  “It creates a focal point where art, nature and people can intersect and coincide, inspiring our deep connections with nature.”

For more information about Bernheim’s Arts in Nature Program visit

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About Bernheim.  Bernheim’s mission is to connect people with nature. Whiskey maker, Isaac W. Bernheim established the 14,000+ acre arboretum and research forest in 1929 as a gift to the people of Kentucky.  Bernheim’s gate is open every day 7 a.m. until approximately sunset, except December 25 and January 1.  Admission to the park is always free for members and free for all every weekday.  Weekends and holidays have a $5 environmental impact fee per vehicle for the public.  Schools and tour groups are welcome; please call in advance for fees and scheduling.  The Visitor Center and Gift Shop are open 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. every day, including weekends.  Isaac’s Café, located in the Visitor Center, is open 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. with refreshments. Bernheim is located in Clermont, KY, about 20 minutes from the Louisville airport.  From I-65, take exit 112 and follow the signs.  The entrance is approximately one mile from the interstate.  Bernheim is a non-profit organization that relies on memberships, grants and donations for support.