Wednesday, October 07, 2009

"Birds in Art" exhibit: coming to a museum near you?

Did you see the article, "Birds of a Feather, Together" last week in The Wall Street Journal about Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum's "Birds in Art" event? The nine-week annual program celebrates numerous bird species in various mediums.

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.


Blogger Lynne at Hasty Brook said...

Ruthie Johnson aka "Nature Knitter", another Minnesota birder/blogger and I went on a weekend road trip to Wausua to see this exibit. We spent several hours in the museum and on the beautiful grounds and could have spent more. It was wonderful.

October 08, 2009 3:40 PM  
Blogger Szabi said...

Dear Amy,
I was looking for the Woodson Art Museum's website to check the dealine for this year's exhibition. The Google image search dropped my last year's entry to my surprise. It was in your blog! I was really happy to find my painting illustrating your blog entry about the Birds in Art exhibition. It was a real honour for me, thank you very much!!
Szabolcs Kókay

March 23, 2010 5:01 AM  

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