FARMINGTON — Johnna Haskell, wildlife photographer, educator, author and para glider, is SugarWood Gallery’s featured Artist of the Month for November. An open house reception will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 4, and from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 5, at 248 Broadway. Refreshments will be served and the public is invited.

Haskell will speak at 6 p.m. Friday on her recent paragliding training trip to Spain and her upcoming trip to Africa and planned jump off Mount Kilimanjaro, located in Northern Tanzania and the highest peak on the African continent.

Haskell has a PhD in curriculum studies/science education from the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, B.C. She completed her MSEd in educational leadership from the University of Southern Maine. She attained her BS degree in animal science at the University of New Hampshire while minoring in studio art and outdoor education.

After 18 years as an educator in secondary science, administration and university teaching, she has settled into the Western Maine Woods. She is the author of several journal articles on experiential practices in the outdoors and co-edited a book, “Unfolding Bodymind: Exploring Possibility Through Education.”

Haskell is a native of Maine, growing up on a 300-acre farm in Rome. She has explored the outdoors via canoe, kayak, skis, rock and ice climbing and backpacking. Her current pursuits have been climbing ascents of Denali (20,320 feet) and her next adventure will be paragliding off the summit of Kilimanjaro (19,341 feet) as one of the first females from the United States.

As a young child, she enjoyed viewing her grandparents’ slides of wildlife. She now resides in Carrabassett Valley, where she views the animals directly through her own camera lens. She spends most of her time in the Maine woods on lakes and streams looking for wildlife.

Haskell’s work will remain on display through November.

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