An Artful Brush with Birds
26 Sightings of Birds in Virtual Botanic Aviary
April 5- May 10
On Saturday April 5 at 4pm, novice and experienced bird watchers, garden clubs, and curious visitors big and small will flock to Madison Museum of Fine Art (MMoFA) in expectation of spying 26 migrating marvels displayed in a naturalistic virtual aviary titled Twitter This. Every visitor who arrives with binoculars on neck will receive a raffle ticket for prizes that include a cedar bird feeder, 5 pound bag of Pennington birdseed, and grand prize weekend stay at Madison’s 100 Acre Inn Farmhouse B&B, designated a top 10 bird-watching inn in North American by the national magazine Birds and Blooms.
Says Museum Director Michele Bechtell, “The Museum’s first annual exhibition of birds in art is particularly meaningful for Madison: Madison is a dedicated Bird Sanctuary, it is an annual migratory station for the SandHill Crane, and 100 Acre Farmhouse Inn is renowned as a top bird watching Inn in Norht America.”
For the exhibition, the art museum will become a virtual bird sanctuary with botanicals gracing interior galleries, bird calls piped in for realistic contemplation, bird themed refreshments, and 26 feathered wonders as seen through the lens of visual artists. 19th century bird watchers include French American John James Audubon, Georgia artist Athos Meneboni, French Impressionist Louise Germain, French Modern master Jeans Hans Arp, American artist Laura Woodward, and American Master James McNeil Whistler. The art experience will also include contemporary sightings by award winning Greensboro photographer Leigh Lofgren, nationally recognized Greensboro artist Gail Vail, American Lyrical Abstraction artist Gary Hudson, and Australian painter Roy Hutchinson, among others. The format for the exhibition catalog is that of a birding journal.
A charitable educational art institution, MMoFA promotes the value of visual art education, teaches the great traditions of visual art, demonstrates how visual art masters nourish lifelong learning, and enhances quality of life for families and travelers in the American Southeast. Tickets for Twitter This are $5 per person including refreshments for all ages. For more information call 706-485-4530 or visit www.mmofa.org.