Poet, artist and naturalist Lucy Tyrrell holds a proof of the “A is for Apostles” ABC book, the cover illustration by Kristin Tetzner of Washburn. The book, edited by Tyrrell, is part of a project celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore. Illustrations and poems featured in the book are on display at the Washburn Cultural Center. Tyrrell spearheaded the organization of both projects.

The year 2020 was a milestone for the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore – its 50th anniversary. The symposiums and celebrations planned to mark the anniversary were put on hold by the pandemic, delayed until this year.

Two celebratory projects that marry art and science are just now on display for the public – an ABC book celebrating the Apostle Islands and “Island Intersections,” an exhibit using scientific research as an inspirational springboard for visual art and poetry.


Karen Maki of Washburn illustrated the letter F - “F is for Furbearer” for the new A is for Apostle Islands ABC book. Her acrylic painting features a voyageur of the fur-trade era.


Mercer artist Terry Daulton's pastel, Madeline Gold, serves as illustration for M – for both Madeline Island and migrating birds – in the Apostle Island ABC book.


Gretchen Burke of Ashland created a pastel featuring a marten as part of the Island Intersections portion of an exhibit currently on display at the Washburn Cultural Center. The exhibit, in which artists and poets responded to research projects in the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore, was created as part of the 50th anniversary celebration of the Lakeshore.

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