Steel became interested in loons and learned that three decades ago Vermont had only seven pairs of nesting loons, but this past year there were 90 pairs in Vermont. She started following a pair and a chick on Lake Raponda beginning in April and observed them for more than 100 hours: from the shore, from a kayak, and even swimming.
Steel’s Hearts in Nature series of notecards, photo collages, matted and framed pieces, and mini-mats are always bestsellers. There are several new images this year including new breeds of cows with hearts and a broad-tailed hawk with heart-shaped feathers on its leg. Fans of Steel’s work will have an opportunity to meet her and see a slideshow of the loons at Bartleby’s on Saturday, February 10, at 4pm as part of the Apres-Ski After Three program organized by Wilmington Works.
Come to chat and sample chocolates from Valley Chocolates at the meet and greet event. Bartleby’s Books is open daily from 10 am to 6 pm and is located at 17 West Main Street. For information visit www.myvermontbookstore.com or call (802) 464-5425.