ART SHOW VISITORS
Be among the first to meet the artists and view the selected nature-inspired works while attending the Opening Reception. Have first dibs to purchase a beautiful work of art and support Audubon. As a special bonus this year, the newly renovated Historic House will be open from 5 – 7 pm, so be sure to stop down to view the new exhibits and fresh interior.
Friday, April 7, 5 – 8 pm
$10 for one; $15 for two – pay at the door
Saturday, April 8
11 am – 3 pm: Bruce Poulterer, watercolor artist (brucepoulterer.com), will be painting in the vicinity of the barn. Stop by to watch him work, ask his questions about his inspiration and techniques. Bruce’s watercolors reflect his love of farmhouses, buildings, still life and historic structures of the tri state area. Recently he has been painting watercolors at the Kuerner Farm with Karl Kuerner III who has pushed his style to be more bold and colorful.
11 am – 1:00 pm (Raindate: April 15, 11:00 am): Margaret Young the youngest falconer in Pennsylvania, will be demonstrating her techniques for raptor training and offer an up-close meet and greet with her raptor. In the field, adjacent to the parking lot.
Margaret Young, 16 years old, is an Apprentice Falconer, one of the youngest Falconers in Pennsylvania and often assists her father, a General Falconer, in falconry education programs. During a homeschooler’s raptor conservation program when she was 10 touched on falconry, her passion for the ancient sport was kindled. After reading the book My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George, her fate (and that of the rest of the household) was sealed towards a future in falconry. Margaret has worked with raptors large and small, and loves sharing her passion with others throughout Pennsylvania and parts of New York. She and her family’s birds have appeared at: Step Outdoors Lehigh Valley, various youth camps, Boy Scouts of America functions, Community Fairs and Festivals, Public Parks, the John James Audubon Center at Mill Grove, Cabela’s in Hamburg, and in New York City filming an independent film about an American Kestrel. Margaret is currently working with an immature female red-tailed hawk, who enjoys going for EXTREMELY long walks!
Sunday, April 9
1 - 2 pm: Doug Wechsler, Children’s Book author and Photographer (dougwechsler.com), will read his newly released book The Hidden Life of a Toad. Copies will be available for signing. In the Barn.
I started my training to write books on nature at the age of five. That's when I first became interested in birds. Don't ask me how that happened. I can't remember. Sometime, soon after that, I started collecting butterflies and beetles. Soon I also had snakes and lizards as pets. My first book was inspired by many of the insect photos I took in Costa Rica. While working out of a house deep in the jungle, I would bring back the strangest insect I found each day and call it the weird bug of the day. Ten years later many of those insects ended up in Bizarre Bugs. The Hidden Life of a Toad is Doug’s 23rd book about birds, reptiles, insects and other critters.
Saturday, April 15
10 - 11 am: Owl Day! Meet one of our non-releasable owls up close and personal, learn fun owl facts from an Audubon educator. Followed by an owl drawing experience. In the Barn.
11 am – 3 pm: Annie Strack (anniestrackart.com) will be painting en plein air in the vicinity of the barn. Stop by to watch her work, ask questions, be inspired!
A classically trained artist with extensive experience in many mediums, Annie Strack has been published in numerous magazines and since 2005 she’s been a contributing editor for Professional Artist Magazine. Her paintings have received hundreds of awards, and she has earned the prestigious honor of Signature Membership in 8 international and national artist societies including the International Society of Marine Painters. Annie is the host of the popular television show 'Painting Seascapes in Watercolor' which is broadcast on over 150 television stations worldwide.
Sunday, April 16
11 am – 3 pm: Put on your bonnet, visit the art show and watch Patrice DeVirgilis work her magic with watercolor.
Pat has been selected as an exhibiting artist member to the Salmagundi Art Club, NYC, where she shows her paintings on a regular basis. She particularly enjoys painting on location…en plein air. Pat’s work has been shown in national and international shows and in galleries throughout the east coast. She received a BFA from Marywood University, where she received the Award of Excellence in art and continued study at the Art Students League, NYC. After teaching studio arts at the University of Scranton, Pat migrated to southeastern Pa, where she now teaches classes and workshops. As a Signature Member of the Philadelphia Watercolor Society, Pat maintains a studio in Lansdale, PA. In June she will participate in the first Montgomery County Art Tour at the Greater Norristown Art League.
Saturday, April 22
11 am – 3 pm: Madeleine Kelly (madeleinekelly.com) will be painting near the barn. Stop by to watch her work. An artist and educator, Madeleine Kelly has judged numerous exhibitions. Her studio is in Southeastern Pennsylvania. She favors a quote from journalist Bill Moyers which best describes her personal approach to her art, "Creativity is piercing the mundane to find the marvelous.” Madeleine believes art is passion, discovery, evolution and an endless journey and loves to explore the versatility of multiple mediums. Her greatest joys are playing with textures and color. Although her inspirational triggers are everywhere it is often the medium itself that drives her.
Entry to the 11th Annual Juried Exhibition Drawn From Nature has now closed.
Thank you to all the talented artists who submitted a total of 364 works.
March 31, April 1, April 2, 9 am – 12 noon: Delivery of accepted work to the Historic Barn
April 7, 5 – 8 pm: Opening Reception and Awards Presentation. Each submitting artist receives complimentary entry for two people. Others may pay at the door: $10 for one; $15 for two.
April 23, 4:00 pm: Show closes
April 23, 25, 4:30 – 6:30 pm: Artwork Pickup