Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum
22nd Annual Birds in Art Exhibition
The 22nd annual edition of this avian extravaganza--begins September 6 at the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum, Wausau, Wisconsin, and continues through November 9, 1997
Muses of Kittiwake Gulch
This "home-grown" exhibition, proudly organized by the Woodson, boasts an international group of 105 artists and 114 contemporary paintings, works on paper, and sculptures. More than simply living beings, the creatures in Birds in Art provide inspiration to artists with their graceful shapes, iridescent colors, and varying habitats. As a group, the works create a modern version of Edward Hicks's famous peaceable kingdom.
New Zealand-born Ray Harris-Ching has been selected as the 1997 Master Wildlife Artist. Known as a leader among contemporary artists for his dynamic and personal visions of birds, Harris-Ching will be represented in the exhibition with 11 of his original oils and watercolors.
Creating art is akin to creating order or a model of the world for Harris-Ching. Through his paintings, he makes sense of his world. Now residing in England, Harris-Ching approaches his subjects not as mere wildlife, but as images worthy of artistic acclaim. Unlike many bird and animal painters, he is not at all interested in the outdoors. He works from a large collection of study skins in his studio to nurture his imagination. His primary interest is the animals themselves, their pure beauty, their artistic values.
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