A new exhibit of original paintings and photography by Melissa Kircher will be on display at the New Canaan Nature Center from May 3 to June 14. The exhibit, titled "The Little Things," is a series of floral and nature inspired photographs that combine elements of color, light, and texture, both man-made and natural.

"I find the often overlooked aspects of nature appealing, taking joy in spotting a hidden flower, leaf, or an unusual scene. These works are about discovering the beauty in little things," Kircher said.

The photographs have all been processed with different fine art elements to create unique and truly original works of art. Kircher attended Gordon College in Massachusetts where she studied drawing, printmaking, graphic design and sculpture.

She earned a BFA in visual arts with a concentration in sculpture. She is currently a self employed artist in the fields of painting, photography, photo-processing, graphic design and freelance writing. Her home and studio is in Norwalk and her work has been displayed in various Connecticut, Massachusetts, and New York City locations. Kircher's artwork can be viewed at www.melissakircher.com

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The New Canaan Nature Center will host an opening reception for the general public with the artist on Friday, May 6 from 3 to 4:30 p.m. in the visitor's center. For more information call 203-966-9577. A portion of proceeds from the sale of the artwork will benefit the New Canaan Nature Center.

The New Canaan Nature Center is an environmental education center and sanctuary dedicated to helping people better understand, appreciate and care for the world of nature. The Nature Center's grounds, which include a Birds of Prey exhibit and gardens, are open from dawn to dusk daily. The visitor's center and discovery room are open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday.