"The Best of Jim Bashline In and Out"

Arts & Museum Exhibits

October 24, 2019 to January 11, 2020

Ned Smith Center for Nature & Art

Peek into the life of this prolific personality in this new exhibit,The Best of Jim Bashline Outdoors and In. The exhibit is available to view in The Olewine Gallery with an auction and reception to follow at the close of the exhibit on January 11th.

L. James (Jim) Bashline, was born in Tioga, PA on November 18, 1931. He was educated at Pennsylvania State University and Albright Art School, after which he entered the field of journalism. He became a prolific and widely acclaimed outdoor writer and photographer, contributing regular columns as well as free-lance pieces to a variety of publications, including Field and Stream, The Philadelphia Inquirer, and Pennsylvania Game News. He also authored several books that provided practical and professional advice for outdoor activities. These books include The Allegheny Angler (1963), Night Fishing for Trout (1972), America’s Great Outdoors (co-editor, 1976), Atlantic Salmon Fishing (1985), The Trout and Salmon Fisherman’s Bible (1991), and The Fly Fisherman’s Bible (1993).
Bashline used his writing to advocate for conservation efforts. He was a member of The Ruffed Grouse Society, the National Rifle Association, Trout Unlimited, and the Federation of Flyfishers. His other activities often contributed to his written publications, such as his work as a TV presenter, outdoor photographer, artist, and cook.
In the book, The Eastern Trail written in 1972, Jim looked to Ned Smith for artwork to showcase. For the first time to the public, view the original drawings used for the book and other assorted Ned Smith artwork from Jim Bashline’s personal collection.


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