As regular CFZ-watchers will know, for some time Corinna has been doing a column for Animals & Men and a regular segment on On The Track... particularly about out-of-place birds and rare vagrants. There seem to be more and more bird stories from all over the world hitting the news these days so, to make room for them all - and to give them all equal and worthy coverage - she has set up this new blog to cover all things feathery and Fortean.

Wednesday 26 September 2012

Folklife Center exhibits ‘Birds of America’

ELKO — Artist John James Audubon (1785 to 1851) had a dream to illustrate every bird in the United States. The Western Folklife Center is now exhibiting 20 of the 435 bird prints that he created during his lifetime.

“Explorer, Naturalist, Artist: James Audubon and The Birds of America” is an art exhibit that has been displayed in Nevada for a number of years and is stopping in Elko as part of a traveling feature.

Audubon was a French-American ornithological illustrator, an artist who diagrams birds as part of scientific research, once widely regarded by some as America’s predominant wildlife artist. He traveled the eastern and central United States from 1820 to 1838 in the hopes of capturing the natural beauty of all the country’s species of birds. The “Birds of America” series was Audubon’s most acclaimed life’s work.

The Nevada Museum of Art in Reno obtained 50 of Audubon’s first-edition “Birds of America” watercolor prints back in 2010 from the New York Historical Society. Goldcorp Inc., one of the exhibit’s sponsors, enjoyed Audubon’s paintings so much that the company wanted to share them with its employees.


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