Midwinter Gulls, Terns, & Skimmers…

7 01 2009


One of the best parts of working at the Lab of Ornithology is being constantly surrounded by beautiful artwork by talented artists: from the legendary Fuertes and Audubons in the Observatory to the work of locally or nationally known artists.  

If you haven’t stopped by recently you owe yourself a visit to see Ben Shattuck‘s excellent exhibition “Gulls, Terns, and Skimmers.”  Weaving together his observations from a couple seasons spent working out at Cornell’s excellent Shoals Marine Lab, Ben treats us to exquisitely rendered oil paintings of his subjects in anything but normal poses.  His gulls don’t merely pose, they seem to be caught in mid-motion, in between behaviors that they couldn’t seem to hold back.  The broad swaths of paint are all more the evocative thanks to the matte black backgrounds, making the birds seem to pop out of the darkness.

Ben’s works will be on display until January 30th in the Lab’s auditorium gallery-hope to see you here!


A Treasure Trove of Fibers

30 01 2008


The Lab of Ornithology is playing host for the next two months to a stunning display of avian quiltwork by local artists Alice Gant and Elsie Dentes entitled, “Oh Joy! Oh Raptor!” Forget any preconceptions you have of quiltwork being confined to repetitious geometric patterns: these quilts exhale life from their fibers, and the fine detail work (in combination with the fabric swatches themselves) project a rich, three-dimensional world more suited to a wall than a bedspread. If you’re in the area, it’s worth a stop by…The official opening is tomorrow (Thursday 31 January) from 5:30-7:00, and the exhibition will be on display until 2 April. Hope to see you there!

(image above: “Loon Family”, by Elsie Dentes)