Published June 25. 2013 4:00AM
In terms of birds as art subjects, some might suggest John James Audubon covered the concept in signed, sealed and delivered fashion. Not so fast, though. Audubon lived before the camera was invented, and there was a 20th-century orinthologist named Roger Tory Peterson whose photographic images of birds are also historic. Turns out Old Lyme artist Diana Atwood Johnson was massively inspired by Peterson - and this all leads to a new exhibition opening in New London's Gallery at Firehouse Square. The show is titled "Roger Tory Peterson and Me: A Bird Photographer's Inspiration," and Atwood Johnson will be present for an artist's opening reception from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday. Her images will be on display along with some of Peterson's work (his "Rainbow Lorikeet" is show here). Through July 27. Hours 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Mon.-Sat.; (860) 443-0344, firehousesquare.com.