The National Audubon Society named 178 birds in need of top priority conservation efforts. About one-third of those birds lives all around us in the Lowcountry. And that’s exactly the theme of Lisa M. Shimko’s new artwork.

The aptly named exhibit, Environment Variations, focuses on the tenuous relationship between humans and birds and our interconnectedness with the environment. Shimko’s representations are bright and lifelike, graceful and colorful.

Plum Elements will be hosting the opening reception for the artist and her new works from 5:30 to 7:30 on Fri. March 6. Shinko’s not all talk; her solo show is for a good cause — 10 percent of the sales will go to the Sustainability Institute. —Candice Summers

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