An opening reception for seven new exhibits will be held at VIEW on Saturday, June 27 from 5 to 7 p.m. The reception is free of charge and open to the public. Refreshments and light fare will be served.
Among the exhibits is, For the Birds, a national avian-themed exhibition, and six solo exhibits.
For the Birds is an open media exhibition featuring 62 original works of art by 55 artists from across the nation.
The work in this exhibition utilizes birds as both primary subject matter and muse for expression and creation.
The individual exhibits are:
• The Natural Side of Things: the Wildlife Art of David Kiehm – Named the BBC wildlife artist of the year in 2013, David Kiehm will showcase his paintings of owls, ravens and hawks and other fauna of the Upstate New York Region in the Vandervort Gallery.
Kiehm will give a talk on his work in the gallery on Friday June 26, at 5 p.m.
• Melissa Groo: Glorious Birds – A self-proclaimed “wildlife biographer,” Groo is a wildlife photographer who uses her images to educate people about the marvels of the natural world. She was recently awarded the grand prize in the annual Audubon Photography competition. She will give a talk on her work in the Foley Gallery on Saturday June 27, at 3 p.m.
• Heikki Jaason: 606 Birdhouses – This is a singular work consisting of 606 original birdhouses which were created using reclaimed wood and recycled materials. The individual works are flights of whimsy, incorporating a variety of found materials such as screws, nuts and bolts, matchbook cases, playing cards, corn cobs and more.
• Susan Luther Kiesel: Wild Wings – Photographer, author, and outdoor enthusiast, Kiesel has been photographing birds and wildlife of the Adirondacks for years. Wild Wings is an exhibition documenting Kiesel’s many adventures in the woods, backyards and waters observing her avian friends.
• Ed Williams: Wildlife – Subject matter includes loons, pheasants, ducks and song birds. The works begin as photographs and evolve into final prints that often raise questions about their exact nature. Through careful editing and processing, Williams achieves visual results in his work that make them appear, at times, as paintings, drawings, or completely otherworldly.
• Obsessive Construction the Strip Mall Art of Nate Katz – Katz is a Cooperstown, NY based artist, whose strip mall drawings have been the subject of exhibitions in New York City and Cooperstown. His work consists of documenting and imagining/reimagining of the presence of manufactured architecture, big box stores and the visual language of sprawl.
For more information visit ViewArts.org or call (315) 369-6411.