Miller Art Museum Opens “Birds In Art” Exhibit

“Fluff, Furrows and Feathers,” acrylic, by Pete Marshall.

“Birds In Art,” the new exhibition opening at The Miller Art Museum (MAM) on Saturday, November 14, 2009, is comprised of 60 original contemporary works by painters and sculptors from around the globe. An opening reception will be held from 3 – 4:30 pm that day, with refreshments as well as the opening of the Holiday Gift Shop.

The exhibit that fills the first floor of the MAM was originally a portion of The Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum’s annual juried exhibition highlighting birds and their habitats. Since 1976, the Wausau museum has annually undertaken the task of organizing this exhibit. The 2008 exhibit featured submissions from 14 different countries, and the traveling exhibit features artists from Australia, England, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, South Africa, Sweden and the United States.

“Short-eared Owl,” watercolor, by Peter Nilsson.

Represented in the “Birds In Art” exhibit are a variety of media and a variety of birds. To create the 51 two-dimensional pieces and nine sculptures, artists traveled, canoed, hiked and observed from their own backyards and in the wild to capture their bird subjects in action, at rest, in humorous predicaments.

Available as part of the exhibit will be a catalog featuring the entire 2008 exhibit from The Leigh Yawkey Woodson exhibit. “Courtship Flight,” an oil painting by 2008 Master Wildlife Artist Jim Morgan, graces the cover of the collection, which is available for $20.

“Conference,” oil, by Paula Waterman.

“Birds In Art” will continue through December 30.

Also at this time each year, the MAM installs the newest acquisitions to their Permanent Collection on the mezzanine level. Many donors have entrusted the MAM with their generous donations of art work for the public to enjoy for years to come, and this year works by 22 different artists were donated. These pieces will remain on display for several months.

The MAM is located at 107 S 4th Avenue, Sturgeon Bay. The museum, which is free and fully accessible, is open Mondays 10 am – 8 pm, and Tuesday through Saturday 10 am – 5 pm. For more information call 920.746.0707.