The Bumblebee Series is a project from the winter of 2013. The inspiration came from an interview with the Vermont Center for Eco-Studies on VPR. The program was about the current state of Vermont's bumblebee population and the survey they were conducting with the help of volunteers from around the state to help document the number of bumblebees in our region.
This body of work was created to help bring awareness to the plight of Vermont's bumblebees whose numbers have been declining over the last ten years from a number of environmental reasons including pesticide use and the changing climate.
A 2013 Creation grant from the Vermont Arts Council was awarded to help fund the project. I worked closely with the Center for Eco-studies to learn more about the issues surrounding the state's bumblebee population as well as to gain inspiration for the visual impact of the artwork. "It's
nice to be able to collaborate with someone in the world of the arts.
Gabriel's work can reach an audience that we may not have access to, so we
really appreciate that he chose to to depict bumblebees and to do it
so nicely." - Sarah Zahendra, Biological Technician with the VT Center for Eco-Studies