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BROOKGREEN GARDENS, Murrells Inlet, South Carolina
Photographs: Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum


The 2011 Birds in Art opened to the public at the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum of Wausau, Wisconsin on September 10, 2011 and is on view there through November 13.

Each year, 60 works by 60 artists are selected from Birds in Art to travel to national and occasionally international venues. Birds in Art, known as “the best opportunity for indoor bird-watching on the planet,” brings the very best work interpreting birds and related subjects to museums throughout the country.

The highly acclaimed traveling exhibition of paintings and sculpture mounted by the Woodson Art Museum opens January 28 in the Rainey Sculpture Pavilion at Brookgreen Gardens, Murrells Inlet, South Carolina. The exhibit will be on display daily from 9:30 a.m.–5 p.m. from January 28 through April 22 and is free with garden admission. In addition to Brookgreen Gardens, the exhibit also travels to museums in Kansas, Michigan, Colorado, and Alaska through 2012 and early 2013.

The traveling exhibit includes 49 paintings, drawings, and prints, and 11 sculptures selected from the 112 artworks shown in the full exhibit. Among the distinguished international group of artists having works in the traveling exhibit are Hélène Arfi (France), Chris Bacon (Canada), Robert Bateman (Canada), John Busby (Scotland), Adele Earnshaw (New Zealand), Peter Gray (South Africa), Simon Gudgeon (England), Nobuko Kumasaka (Japan), Lars Jonsson (Sweden), Zev Labinger (Israel), Lucinda Kate McEachern (Australia), Bernd Pöppelmann (Germany), and Ewoud de Groot (Netherlands). The American artists include James Morgan (Utah), Frank LaLumia (Colorado), Timothy David Mayhew (New Mexico), Anne Senechal Faust (Louisiana), Roger Martin (North Carolina), Mary Cornish (Virginia), Lorri Davis (Alaska), Hilarie Lambert (South Carolina), Paula Waterman (Maryland), and Thomas Hill (California). A painting by the 2011 Master Wildlife Artist, James Coe, will also be in the traveling exhibit.

In conjunction with Birds in Art, the Woodson Art Museum selects an artist to receive its annual Master Wildlife Artist Award. The award honors artists who have demonstrated outstanding achievement in using bird imagery in their artwork. The individual recognized as the Master Wildlife Artist is further honored by a mini-retrospective of 10 to 12 artworks during Birds in Art at the Woodson.

This year’s Master Wildlife Artist is painter James Coe of Hannacroix, New York. The Woodson’s 32nd Master Artist, Coe, initially was fascinated by egrets and shorebirds that flocked to salt marshes near his suburban New York boyhood home. He worked for many years as a field guide illustrator before he ventured out of the studio and began painting landscapes en plein air. Coe’s work reflects a synthesis of two styles, weaving his insight and skill as a trained naturalist into fresh, deftly painted landscapes often featuring avian subjects.

As the flagship exhibition of the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum, Birds in Art helps the museum meet its goals of presenting and collecting art of the natural world while having birds as the primary or secondary focus. A fully illustrated, four-color catalogue accompanies each exhibition.

Founded by Archer and Anna Hyatt Huntington in 1931, Brookgreen Gardens displays objects of art throughout the garden settings. Today, Brookgreen Gardens is a National Historic Landmark. The gardens have the most significant collection in the world of American figurative sculpture in an outdoor setting. Brookgreen Gardens is located on U.S. 17 between Myrtle Beach and Pawleys Island, South Carolina, and is open to the public daily. For more information, consult the web site at or call 800-849-1931.

¹Juried Art Show – A judge or group of judges choose participants from competing artists.

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