Birds in Art Exhibit at Brookgreen Gardens

Birds in Art, the highly acclaimed traveling exhibition of paintings and sculpture mounted by the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum of Wausau, Wisconsin, opens January 28 in the Rainey Sculpture Pavilion at Brookgreen Gardens, Murrells Inlet, SC.

Known as “the best opportunity for indoor bird-watching on the planet”, this exhibit   showcases the remarkable talents of national and international artists, who have presented their very best work interpreting birds and related subjects.

The exhibit will be on display daily from 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. through April 22 and is free with garden admission.

The traveling exhibit includes 49 paintings, drawings, and prints, and 11 sculptures selected from the 112 artworks shown in the full exhibit.  In addition to Brookgreen Gardens, the exhibit will travel to museums in Kansas, Michigan, Colorado, and Alaska through 2012 and early 2013.

Among the distinguished international group of artists having works in the traveling exhibit are Hélène Arfi (France), Chris Bacon (Canada), Robert Bateman (Canada), John Busby (Scotland), Adele Earnshaw (New Zealand), Peter Gray (South Africa), Simon Gudgeon (England), Nobuko Kumasaka (Japan), Lars Jonsson (Sweden), Zev Labinger (Israel), Lucinda Kate McEachern (Australia), Bernd Pöppelmann (Germany), and Ewoud de Groot (Netherlands).  The American artists include James Morgan (Utah), Frank LaLumia (Colorado), Timothy David Mayhew (New Mexico), Anne Senechal Faust (Louisiana), Roger Martin (North Carolina), Mary Cornish (Virginia), Lorri Davis (Alaska), Hilarie Lambert (South Carolina), Paula Waterman (Maryland), and Thomas Hill (California).  A painting by the 2011 Master Wildlife Artist, James Coe, will also be in the traveling exhibit.

In conjunction with Birds in Art, the Woodson Art Museum selects an artist to receive its annual Master Wildlife Artist Award.  The award honors artists who have demonstrated outstanding achievement in using bird imagery in their artwork.  The individual recognized as the Master Wildlife Artist is further honored by a mini-retrospective of 10 to 12 artworks during Birds in Art at the Woodson.  This year’s Master Wildlife Artist is painter James Coe of Hannacroix, New York.

The Woodson’s 32nd Master Artist, Coe initially was fascinated by egrets and shorebirds that flocked to salt marshes near his suburban New York boyhood home.  He worked for many years as a field guide illustrator before he ventured out of the studio and began painting landscapes en plein air.  Coe’s work reflects a synthesis of two styles, weaving his insight and skill as a trained naturalist into fresh, deftly painted landscapes often featuring avian subjects.



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