Discovery Park of America (DPA) announced today that Larry Richardson, an artist, naturalist and author who has spent a lifetime either conserving or celebrating the great outdoors, will “bring the outside in” as his work becomes the latest to be recognized in DPA’s Artist Showcase.

His paintings will be displayed in the lower level of Discovery Center Jan. 10 to March 31, 2019. The opportunity to attend a free interview with the artist and reception to launch the exhibit will be held Jan. 10 in DPA’s Dinosaur Hall. The reception will begin at 5:30 p.m. and the interview will begin at 6 p.m. Prints of Richardson’s work will be available for purchase.

Richardson, a native of Western Kentucky who now resides in Clarksville, Tenn., captures in oil, watercolor and acrylic impressionistic renderings of memories and moments in history. Children out for a swim on an August afternoon, Canadian geese caught on a marsh’s thin ice, sunset on a lake or barges making their way down the Cumberland have all been the subject matter of his brush. His current project, “Cumberland River – An American Legacy,” presents his take on the almost 700-mile long waterway.

“Larry Richardson’s love of the outdoors and the history of this region makes him a perfect match for Discovery Park,” said Scott Williams, CEO and President of Discovery Park. “I hope our members and anyone interested in art and conserving the natural beauty of this area will join us for the interview and opening reception.”

Richardson’s professional environmental career included positions as Tennessee Parks Chief Naturalist and Chief of Information-Education for the Tennessee Wildlife Agency, where he also served as the editor of the agency magazine. He retired from Ducks Unlimited after almost 12 years with the nonprofit waterfowl and wetlands conservation organization.

He has written biographies with wildlife artists Ralph McDonald and Anthony Padgett and with landscape artist Roger Dale Brown. A fourth book with photographer Tom Wood focuses on scenic Tennessee and was selected as one of the top-three outdoor books by Southeastern Outdoor Press Association.

The Jan. 10 reception and interview is one of the first DPA events for 2019 launching a calendar of activities targeting students, lifelong learners and teachers as well as special events for DPA members, annual fundraisers to support the mission of DPA and opportunities to spotlight West Tennessee history and culture that will include fine artists, craftspeople and musicians. Special weekend celebrations are also planned as well as spectacular temporary exhibits like the upcoming “Towers of Tomorrow with LEGO Bricks” opening Jan. 18 and the “Hot Wheels: Race to Win” in August.

Discovery Park of America is located at 830 Everett Blvd. in Union City, Tenn. and is open Tuesdays through Sundays from 10:00 a. m. until 5:00 p.m.

The mission of Discovery Park of America, a premier world-class museum and 50-acre attraction located in Union City, Tennessee, is to enhance the educational experience of children and adults and to inspire them to learn more about the region’s unique cultural heritage and natural history. Included is a 100,000-square-foot museum featuring 9 interactive exhibit galleries with additional space for temporary exhibits from around the world and a 50-acre heritage park. Discovery Park of America is a 501(c)(3) public charity funded by generous individuals, corporations and foundations including its principal funder, the Robert E. and Jenny D. Kirkland Foundation. For more information, visit DiscoveryParkofAmerica.com and DPA’s pages on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.