Valley House Gallery is pleased to present Bird Show, a summer celebration of our skyward friends, featuring artists inspired by the avian world.
Paintings, sculptures, drawings, photographs, and prints by artists including Vera Barnett, David Bates, Evelyn Beard, Kathy Boortz, Sean Cairns, Lindy Chambers, Brian Cobble, Robert D. Cocke, Alex Corno, Margie Crisp, Otis Dozier, David A. Dreyer, David Everett, Janine Faure-Terrieu, Kelly Fearing, Barnaby Fitzgerald, Constance Forsyth, Scott Gentling, David H. Gibson, Miles Cleveland Goodwin, Cindi Holt, Otis Huband, Anne Chase Martin, Merritt Mauzey, Mark Messersmith, Brian Molanphy, Pauline Muth, Fred Nagler, Gail Norfleet, Leona Pierce, Bill Reily, Everett Spruce, Bob Stuth-Wade, Janet Turner, Valton Tyler, Mary Vernon, Anne C. Weary, and Clara McDonald Williamson are on view.
Some birds are easily discernible in representational works, while other artists abstractly interpret the bird form and spirit. The exhibition also includes paintings by Valley House founder Donald S. Vogel, whose name means bird in German.
Preview the exhibition on the Valley House website at http://www.valleyhouse.com/thumbnails.asp?mode=page&idx=236
Valley House Gallery will host two Bird lectures in conjunction with the exhibition:
Thursday, August 15, 6:30pm: "Celebrating Birds: Nature's Art Takes Flight" by Tania Homayoun, Ph.D., Texas Nature Trackers Biologist, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. This talk will explore the many ways that birds are deeply intertwined with human art and culture and provide a perspective on their importance in our natural systems as well. Through Texas Nature Trackers, Tania Homayoun engages naturalists of all interests and ability levels in collecting citizen science and crowd-sourced data on Texas’ unique flora and fauna with a particular focus on species of greatest conservation need. Previously, Tania worked for Audubon Texas with the Dogwood Canyon Audubon Center and later the Conservation Science Team as its Urban Conservation Program Manager, where she worked to develop and deliver conservation plans, educational programs/trainings, and activities supporting biodiversity and sustainable communities. Tania holds Bachelor's degrees in Ecology/Evolution/Conservation Biology and Anthropology from The University of Texas at Austin and a Ph.D. in Conservation Biology from the University of Minnesota, where she studied the impacts of urbanization on landbird communities. She is an avid birder and always has room for one more native plant in her patio garden.
Wednesday, September 4, 6:30pm: "Whooping Cranes: Saving a Texas Icon" by Ben Jones, Senior Director of Conservation, Dallas Zoo, and Sprina Liu, Bird Curator, Dallas Zoo. Whooping cranes are North America’s tallest bird and one of our most endangered. By the mid-1900's, the whooping crane population plunged to an unprecedented low of only 15 birds, due to habitat loss and over-hunting. Thanks to conservation efforts, over 500 birds persist in the wild today. The Texas Gulf Coast is the winter home to whooping cranes who return to the same nesting areas and mate for life. Come join us and learn about the new Whooping Crane Center of Texas, a 5-acre breed-and-release conservation facility designed with help from crane experts and staffed by the Dallas Zoo’s experienced bird department. After the Patuxent Wildlife Refuge in Maryland lost funding and was no longer able to care for their whooping cranes, the Dallas Zoo immediately offered support. As one of only six organizations worldwide selected to participate in the whooping crane breeding program, the Dallas Zoo’s innovative solution was to create the Whooping Crane Center of Texas. We invite you to come and learn about this iconic part of our state’s natural heritage. The whooping cranes future is uncertain without continued conservation intervention.
BIRD SHOW will be on view Monday through Saturday, 10:00am to 5:00pm, from August 10 through September 7. The gallery will be closed on Monday, September 2, in observance of Labor Day.