Cody, moths to star on silver screen

A man and his moths will soon star on the silver screen.

"The Audubon of Moths," a documentary produced by Smoky Hills Public Television features Dr. John Cody, internationally renowned Hays artist known for his watercolor portraits that capture the elegance of his unusual subjects.

The show will air at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 26, on SHPTV, Hays channel 9.

The documentary will also be available for viewing at Sternberg Museum of Natural History, where "John Cody's Moths," an exhibition featuring 80 of Cody's paintings, is on display.

"Dr. Cody is regarded as one of the great naturalist artists of our time," said Dr. Jerry Choate, Sternberg Museum director.

While Cody's watercolors depict giant silk moths in their natural habitats and are scientifically accurate, they are not scientific illustrations. Rather, they are works of fine art that reveal the surprising beauty of these velvet-winged creatures.

This exhibition is the largest-ever showing of Cody's works and includes several interactive educational and scientific exhibits.

Prompted in part by the exhibition's popularity, SHPTV created the documentary. The station previously featured Cody's work in 1992 with the premier episode of its award-winning "Kansas Arts Today" series.

The exhibition has garnered so much interest that it will continue to run until May 14, 2006. It was originally scheduled to close Aug. 21, 2005.

Cody will continue to offer limited-edition prints of his art for monthly drawings throughout the extended run of the exhibition. All visitors who participate in the museum's balloting to determine the most popular Cody painting will be entered in a drawing. Ballots will be distributed with museum admission to all visitors age 4 and older. Separate drawings will be held from ballots collected after each month of the exhibition. Individuals are limited to one entry per drawing but may enter in multiple drawings.

Eight prints have been given away to visitors thus far. A total of 13 prints will be given away in the drawings.

Details on museum membership, which entitles individuals or families to unlimited free admission along with other valuable benefits, is available toll free at 1-877-332-1165 or online at

Museum hours are 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, and 1 to 7 p.m. Sundays. Admission is $6 for adults, $4 for seniors and youths (age 4-12), and $3 for FHSU students with ID. Admission is free for museum members and children 3 and under. The museum is closed on Mondays.

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