NEW CANAAN, Conn. – Waveny's Carriage Barn's new exhibition "For the Birds" opens with a reception from 6-8 p.m. Saturday.
The exhibition, which continues through Sunday, Dec. 13, is a showcase for old and new artist members of New Canaan Society of the Arts.
“Many artists and I had conversations about the nature of juried exhibitions today,” said gallery director Valerie Garlick. “Some shows’ themes are far too broad, and others way too esoteric. It’s a full-time job to apply to them and can be frustrating. At the same time, many works came to us for the October Members Show with reference to landscape and wildlife, and I thought, let’s see what we can do with birds. Sometimes a themed show can provide inspiration, and I was delighted to find that several artists had made new work based on their interpretation of the theme.”
Works in “For the Birds” include paintings, drawings, sculpture and photographs. An innovation is the inclusion of poetry by Mary Anne Case, Bevi Bullwinkel, Cannon Garber and Christina Klumb, whose book art was made with Nina Miller.
Birdhouses are represented by artists Lori Anne Dunn and Kathie Milligan, and member artist Pamela Huth has created a 7-inch-by-7-inch mixed-media collage “Chained Bird” for the show.
Twenty-six guest-exhibiting artists bring a range of insights into the Audubon presence in their works, including Brian Flinn, who presents birds in digital collages that serve as “as supporting members representing ideas like cherubs who pester or provide companionship.”
Other artists include Lewis Schaffer, Donna Simons, Catherine Latson and Brian Walters.
The Carriage Barn Arts Center is at 681 South Ave., New Canaan.
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