Bird Watching At Its Best
Are you a bird watcher? Have you pulled out the binoculars to see an owl in a tree, or the blue heron by the creek? Do you listen to bird songs every morning and watch them in your feeders? Consider a daytrip to Loveland’s Museum/Gallery. The current juried exhibit, Birds in Art (now through October 28), highlights various artists, mediums, birds, and works produced in 2011 from all over the world. Entrance to the Main Gallery exhibit is $5 for ages six and up. Free days include Thursday, September 6; Sunday, October 14; and Saturday, October 27.
A visitor approached me the other day as I served my docent duty and commented, “I couldn’t believe I’d find Birds in Art interesting but decided to drop in anyway.” He discovered he loved the show and discussed a few of his favorite pieces. Rather than music, the museum pipes in bird songs. You may also listen to bird sounds by checking the code in a bird reference book displayed on a table and inputting the code into a recorder beside the pages. The exhibit features ten sculptures placed on both large and small bases scattered throughout the gallery. A green, graceful, bronze crane stretches its neck. A bronze rooster stands ready to crow and two bronze penguins march beside each other. A fun, running bird made from metal, wire, wood, and copper looks like a roadrunner, perfect to share with children and school tours.
Fifty paintings present, among other things, large pink ibises in flight, a squawking raven, a tree filled with blackbirds, and birds floating on a sparkling lake. Many suggest a story to tell. Displays spread sparingly across the walls leave plenty of room for viewers. Labels depict artists’ statements as well as several phone numbers visitors can call to learn more information about various works. Check the mediums of each piece. Is it oil, acrylic, woodcut, linocut, charcoal, pastel, watercolor, or pyrography (wood-burning)./
This juried exhibit originated at the Woodson Art Museum in Wausau, Wisconsin. Each year the museum puts out a call for entrants and receives responses from between 600 and 1,000 artists. A team of jurors judges the pieces and culls the number to around 125 exceptional works of painting and sculpture. The Woodson chooses about sixty pieces for a traveling exhibit to tour across the country. From Loveland, the show heads for its last stop at the University of Alaska in Anchorage.
Each year the museum director, with help from previous Master Artists, chooses the Master Artist for that particular year. James Coe received the 2011 award. A sixteen-page article highlights him, his art, and his accomplishments in the catalogue. Other artists’ information appears alphabetically with their statement, and a copy of their chosen work. The catalogue pictures all 125 objects rather than only the touring pieces.
Be sure to look for the many Colorado artists who made the cut: Loveland’s Dena Kirk, Golden’s Edward Aldrich, Denver’s William Alther, Masonville’s Daniel Glanz, Arvada’s Wes Hyde, Fort Collins’ Steve Kestrel, Trinidad’s Frank LaLumia, and Salida’s Sherrie York. Other artists reside throughout the United States, Belgium, Japan, Canada, Scotland, Sweden, South Africa, Netherlands, England, Israel, Australia, and Spain.
For more information, click here. Plan to visit. You won’t be disappointed.