PechaKucha with Batman

PechaKucha [ or ペチャクチャ translated as “chit-chat”] is a series of 6-minute talks from presenters in the creative industry including artists, musicians, architects, filmmakers, writers, entrepreneurs, and local personalities. Each presenter showed 20 images, each lasting for just 20 seconds. PechaKucha events foster the art of concise presentations.  This year’s PechaKucha Night Austin #32 was held in Austin on October 11, 2018. Merlin was honored to be invited by Austinites DJ Stout and Lana McGilvray, the hosts of PK ATX.
The following ten speakers each had 6 minutes to promote a subject in their area of expertise. Merlin, of course, promoted bats with emphasis on those in Austin and had an outstanding response. Watch his presentation!
  1. Herman Dyal – Graphic Designer/Architect
  2. Gretchen Harries Graham – Educator
  3. Dave McClinton – Graphic Designer/Artist
  4. Refugee Is Not My Name (Aaron Weiss, Jess Archer and Ashley St. Clair) – Art Collaborators
  5. Brian Beattie – Musician/Producer
  6. Dale Whistler – Artist/Sculptor
  7. Sarah N. Evans – Activist
  8. Randal Ford – Photographer
  9. Merlin Tuttle – Batman
  10. Mélat Kassa – Musician
Check out those bats! Beautiful poster made by Pentagram design firm.

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“The Pollinator” by Artist Rhea Groepper Pettit

"The Pollinator" by Rhea Groepper Pettit
Painting by Rhea Groepper Pettit

Rhea Groepper Pettit is an artist with “a passion for earth’s residents: people and other species.” She loves bats and has used some of Merlin’s photographs as a reference such as the yellow-winged bat titled “Dr. Tuttle’s Bat” that graces the cover of his new book, a mother bat with her pup titled  “We Are the Night”, a “Flying Bat”, and her latest, a Marianus flying fox feeding on the pollen of a flower titled “The Pollinator”. It’s part of her Endangered Species series of paintings.

A Marianus flying fox (Pteropus mariannus) pollinating a Frycinetia liana on the Island of Guam. This plant was traditionally used by Pacific Islanders to make fish traps.
Photo by Merlin Tuttle

Rhea says, “The purpose of my endangered species series is to shine a light on the reality that so many well known (common) species are in danger, and populations have been dwindling at an alarming rate. The problem is largely man-made; it is our responsibility to save them. When we lose a species, others suffer and imbalance ensues. By restoring nature’s balance, we will save animals, ourselves and our planet. Bittersweet to paint my favorite animals; I love studying their images while painting them, yet the reason they are part of this series is incredibly sad and frustrating.”

We love Rhea’s paintings and are thrilled to share them with you. “The Pollinator” prints are for sale, along with many others. Rhea generously donates 50% of the sales of her bat paintings and bat prints (where stated) to Merlin Tuttle’s Bat Conservation.

Also find Rhea’s work at dailypaintworks.com/artists/rhea-groepper-5855/artwork

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