Exhibits

It is the policy of the Lewis & Clark Library Board of Trustees and the Lewis & Clark Library Foundation to provide access to the intellectual, cultural, and educational resources of the community. Exhibits fulfill an integral part in the Lewis & Clark Library's total program of public service. Exhibits may be planned to direct attention to the materials and services of the library itself, may provide exposure to the arts and sciences, or highlight crafts and hobbies.

Exhibits Information Sheet

Exhibits Policy

To learn more, please contact Suzanne Schwichtenberg  at sschwich@lclibrary.org or 447-1690 ext 130.

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larry copenhaver sitting bull

Larry Copenhaver, WildArts LTD

July-August, 2014 

Born in Pennsylvania in 1951, he grew a love for anything in the wild. Even though of poor eyesight, he learned the birds then the reptiles because he could get up close to them. His grandfather stopped by with a whitetail buck in his car’s trunk when Larry was 5years old, the introduction to wildlife, hunting, fishing and conservation emerged and grew thereafter until today.

He tied his first fly, an awful contrivance of tinfoil, fabric and a bait hook at around 13 years old, caught his first trout, not in a pay fishing situation, on a fly at 16 and his second at 30 years old in Montana! Lots of bass, bluegills and other sunfishes substituted for trout on the flyrod in the interim.

Christmas presents of oil paint-by-number kits soon were turned into free-hand paintings of brook trout then birds. Soon, after moving to the fishing and hunting paradise, Montana, in 1980, hoping to turn a taxidermy hobby into a career, he became the Charter President of the Upper Missouri Breaks Audubon Society and would decorate the fledgling National Audubon Society Chapter’s newsletters with pen-and-ink illustrations. Soon, requests for owls were filled and other visions of birds of prey, followed by wildlife and landscapes over the years.

The dedication to conservation and an eye for detail, Larry graduated with a Bachelors of Science in Wildlife Sciences from West Virginia University in 1974. He worked as Conservation Director for Montana Wildlife Federation from 2001-2010, developing fishing, hunting, public access, and other wildlife conservation networks protecting Montana’s wildlife and conservation heritage. Many careers over many years rounds out an interesting life.

Larry worked in Texas as a Certified Weather Observer on an airport and while there experienced a whole different perspective. The fishing was good in Texas. Larry caught and registered the first State Record Dolphin on a Fly Rod in the Gulf of Mexico, and a waterbody flyfishing record for White Bass. Never losing the theme of flyfishing and nature, homesteads and colorful southern birds entered then.

WildartsLTD offers fish, wildlife, arts and sciences renderings. Larry works in photography, makes custom flies, handcrafted graphite flyrods, fishing novelties, and jewelry in addition to his work as an artist.