"Birds in Art" exhibit: coming to a museum near you?
The range of species would set John James Audubon's heart aflutter. There are tiny graceful hummingbirds, barn and burrowing owls, white peacocks, secretary birds, wild turkeys, scarlet and military macaws, flamingos and egrets, and one plug-ugly California condor that almost steals the show. (I didn't count them all, but this year's exhibition also saw a rash of roseate spoonbills.) The artists, whose works were chosen by a jury of three from about 630 entrants and 1,000 works, are a similarly diverse flock from all over the U.S. and such far-flung countries as Japan, Australia and Sweden.The 11-image WSJ slideshow begins with "Crane Gathering" by John Busby. A slideshow from a reception at the museum celebrates the artists and other attendees (although I didn't see captions identifying the individuals in the photos).
The 100-piece exhibit will remain in Wausau, Wis., until Nov. 15. Then a 60-piece selection will travel until January 2011 to Muskegon, Mich.; Idabel, Okla.; Tucson, Ariz.; and Los Olivos, Calif.