Monday 1 August 2016

Loren Coleman and the International Cryptozoology Museum

If you have ever watched a documentary relating to Cryptozoology (the study of hidden or unknown animals) it is very likely you will have seen this man, Mr. Loren Coleman. He is one of the world's leading cryptozoologists and spokesperson for the science, an honorary member of the British Columbia Scientific Cryptozoology Club he is also a life member of the International Society of Cryptozoology. Not to mention an author (one of my favourite books written by him is Tom Slick: True Life Encounters in Cryptozoology) and in 2003, Mr Coleman realised his lifelong dream of someday opening a museum devoted to Cryptozoology. The International Cryptozoology Museum is filled with all manner of items relating to Cryptozoology achieving its primary mission to educate, inform, and share Cryptozoology with the general public. The museum is filled with an array of sculptures, paintings and souvenirs from around the world and not forgetting an 8 feet tall representation of Bigfoot!
This year the museum relocated to its new premises at Thompson’s Point Portland, unfortunately, I haven’t been able to make the 2,976-mile journey across the Atlantic Ocean myself but I strongly suggest you do so if you are in Portland! In the "Coleman's Corner" section dedicated to the man himself, you will find my painting.  Following on from a painting I made back in 2013 of Professor Philip J. White, curator of Bangor University’s natural history collection for the Bangor Science Festival, we see Mr. Coleman amongst his exhibits. As I previously indicated, I wasn’t able to visit the museum to make sketches and take reference photos so I had to use what I could find on the Internet and this is why some items are not necessarily to scale. But Mr. Coleman was delighted with it never the less and I am equally delighted that it now resides in his museum, and thank him for sending me a photo of it on display.
Remember now, if you are ever visiting Maine, specifically Portland, be sure to visit the museum and show them your support- tell them that Arfon sent you!

© Arfon Jones 2016. All images are copyrighted throughout the world.

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