By Treena Mielke
Well known photographer and writer Myrna Pearman, from Rimbey, is among the local artists who will add to the rich tapestry of home grown talent that will participate in the Blindman Wordfest celebration of Alberta Culture Days.
Pearman will be join other local authors Patrick Rurka and Judy Larmour in the non-fiction “writing your passion “ panel from 4 to 5 p.m. at the Beatty House on Sat., Sept. 28.
Pearman will present an audio-visual show of wildlife photography as a part of her discussion of writing.
The Rimbey resident is excited about taking part in Cultural Days.
“I’m honoured to have been asked to share my passions of wildlife photography and nature writing at Words West of the 5th. Rimbey is my home town and many of my nature-related experiences have taken place in the local area. There is much beauty right in our own backyard.”
Pearman was raised on a farm northeast of Rimbey. She became interested in nature photography while in school, learning about cameras from Rimbey Librarian, Rolf Seidel, and learning about nature from local naturalist, Fred Schutz. She graduated with a BSc from the University of Alberta in 1979 then returned to Rimbey to care for her ailing parents.
After their passing, she worked as a house painter and wedding photographer before becoming the Assistant Park Naturalist at Kerry Wood Nature Centre, Red Deer.
In 1987 she was offered a dream career as Biologist and Site Services Manager at Ellis Bird Farm. Myrna travels extensively, has written several books, including Beauty Every Where: Nature Photo Essays. As well as writing books and pursuing photography Myrna is a columnist for Alberta Naturalist and The Gardener magazines.
The local author is passionate about nature photography and writing. She also enjoys mountain biking, kayaking and spending time with family at their Rimbey cabin.