Posted by: Loren Coleman on October 27th, 2005
Yeti at Home at Bates
This weekend’s Bates College Cryptozoology Symposium will bring together artists and cryptozoologists, for the first time, as far as I know, in a credible academic setting. It is the kickoff to the June-October 2006 exhibition, and will have a good schedule of talks on cryptozoology, art, science, creativity, and more. One change in the talks is a cancellation of Rachel Berwick for personal family matters, to be replaced by June O’Neill, discussing The Great New England Sea Serpent. The weekend should be informative and fun.
I am also happy to announce that the Museum has pulled together a mini-exhibit of items that will now be on display for this Friday-Saturday (October 28-29) free gathering. They will be of cryptozoological importance.
In a special vitrine at the Bates Art Museum, from my private and others’ collection, you will be able to see the alleged hair of Yeti from Edmund Hillary’s 1960 expedition, the alleged hair of Yeti from Tom Slick’s 1950’s expeditions, a cast representing the 1951 Yeti footprints found by Eric Shipton and Michael Ward, Ralph Izzard’s Abominable Snowman Adventure (1955) turned to Wladimir Tscernezky’s reconstruction of the Yeti, my first personal copy of Ivan T. Sanderson’s Abominable Snowmen: Legend Come to Life (1961), with the original dust jacket, the Laird Meadows 1964 Bigfoot cast, a 100-year-old okapi representation that was popular with children after this animal’s remarkable discovery, Maine College of Art’s Sean Foley’s Nessie painting, and the photographic imagery of a woman in a stream as “Patty.”
Also, there will be available for viewing, for the first time, a large eighteen-inch-tall bronze sculpture of the Patterson-Gimlin Bigfoot, created and cast in 2005 by artist and retired professor Richard Klyver of Eastport, Maine, formerly of Pennsylvania and Africa. Klyver spent many years in Africa studying living antelopes, chimpanzees, and other wildlife, and brings to his sculptures a true sense of “aliveness” in the fluid motion he captures.
All of these items (and other art that may be added before the symposium) will hint at the exhibition to be opened there next summer entitled “Cryptozoology: Out of Time Place Scale.”
Loren Coleman is one of the world’s leading cryptozoologists, some say “the” leading living cryptozoologist. Certainly, he is acknowledged as the current living American researcher and writer who has most popularized cryptozoology in the late 20th and early 21st centuries. Starting his fieldwork and investigations in 1960, after traveling and trekking extensively in pursuit of cryptozoological mysteries, Coleman began writing to share his experiences in 1969. An honorary member of Ivan T. Sanderson’s Society for the Investigation of the Unexplained in the 1970s, Coleman has been bestowed with similar honorary memberships of the North Idaho College Cryptozoology Club in 1983, and in subsequent years, that of the British Columbia Scientific Cryptozoology Club, CryptoSafari International, and other international organizations. He was also a Life Member and Benefactor of the International Society of Cryptozoology (now-defunct). Loren Coleman’s daily blog, as a member of the Cryptomundo Team, served as an ongoing avenue of communication for the ever-growing body of cryptozoo news from 2005 through 2013. He returned as an infrequent contributor beginning Halloween week of 2015. Coleman is the founder in 2003, and current director of the International Cryptozoology Museum in Portland, Maine.