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Birds in Art on view


Last updated 1/12/2011 at Noon

This winter, birds in a multitude of mediums and artistic styles will migrate to Port Arthur for an exhibition at the Museum of the Gulf Coast. Traveling from the Leigh Woodson Yawkey Art Museum in Wausau, Wisconsin, Birds in Art features 60 original works inspired by our feathered friends and marks the 35th exhibition of its kind.

Throughout the years, Birds in Art has morphed and grown and now is recognized around the world as the exhibition that sets the standard for avian art. Since 1976, Birds in Art has showcased the remarkable talents of more than 875 international artists, who have presented their very best work interpreting birds and related subject.

In this, the most recent presentation of Birds in Art, bird watchers can expect to spot a wide range of avian works from across the U.S. and abroad including Terry Miller’s seemingly simple but complex graphite rendering of African penguins; Miniature artist Wes Siegrist’s close-up of a Marabou Stork’s wild-haired head; The elegantly curling necks and arched bodies of Krystii Melaine’s Great Egrets; And from India, abstract tree branches act as foils to the long tail of Manisha Padhye’s Asian Paradise Flycatcher. “We are thrilled to host this prestigious show at the Museum of the Gulf Coast,” says director Shannon Harris.

“Southeast Texas is blessed with such a diversity of native and migratory birds, so we get a lot of birders who visit the Museum. I think they will be delighted to see art and nature coming together in this way.”

Birds in Art will open to the public with a free reception on Sunday, Jan. 16 from 2 to 4 p.m. The opening event will feature a live bird presentation given by Mary Ann Weber, Director of the Houston Audubon Society. The exhibition will remain on view in the Museum’s Dunn Gallery through March 13 and will inspire other public programs such as Fowl Play, a free Family Fun Day on Saturday, Feb. 12 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

This exhibition was made possible in part by a grant from the Southeast Texas Arts Council. The Museum of the Gulf Coast is owned and operated by the Port Arthur Historical Society in partnership with Lamar State College - Port Arthur and the City of Port Arthur. It is located at 700 Procter Street in downtown Port Arthur and is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 1 to 5 p.m. on Sunday. For more information about the Museum please visit or call 409-982-7000.

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