Midwinter Gulls, Terns, & Skimmers…

7 01 2009

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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!