One of the missions of the Connecticut Audubon Society is to bring together artists that specialize in avian art and whose work depicts landscapes, birds and bird habitat in a series of juried shows and sales.
This year during the fourth annual Birds and Their Habitat juried artists' show and sale many gifted artists are participating and exhibiting their work in a variety of media from painting, photography and pottery to printmaking and woodcarving.
The Birds and Their Habitat show is taking place at the Connecticut Audubon Society's Center at Fairfield www.ctaudubon.org/center-at-fairfield located on 2325 Burr Street in Fairfield. The show is being kicked off with a preview party on Friday, September 27 from 6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. that will include cocktails, hors d'oeuvres and a silent auction. Tickets for this event are $75 and may be reserved by calling 203-259-6305, ext. 109.
The artwork will be displayed on Saturday, September 28 and Sunday, September 29 from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., admission is $5 and is good for both days. An added attraction will be the demonstrations and educational talks about the "birds of prey" at 11 a.m. by the Audubon's naturalists.
Each year, as part of this event, the Connecticut Audubon honors one artist that is noted for their outstanding artwork depicting birds in their natural habitats. This year, the Audubon has announced Sean Murtha as their "Artist of the Year". Murtha's work, that will be on on exhibit both days, is noted for the realism of the birds and the landscape of Long Island Sound. Murtha, an award-winning master painter has contributed to murals and dioramas of the American Museum of Natural History in New York.
Murphy is scheduled to speak on "The Artist and His Habitat" at 11 a.m. on Sat. Sept. 28 and Sun. Sept. 29. Murphy will talk about his approach to art, "plein air" painting and the history of birds as subjects for art.
In addition to Murtha, work by the following artists will also be on display and available for sale throughout the weekend : Painters: Sue deLearie Adair: Etching; Del-Bourree Bach: Acrylic; Sabine Bonnar: Watercolor and Oil; Vincent Legg: Watercolor; Sharon Rowley Morgio: Oil and Watercolor; Sean Murtha: Oil and Watercolor; Dorie Petrochko: Watercolor; Kelly Leahy Radding: Gouache and Watercolor; Carolyn K. Smith: Graphite and Watercolor and sculptor Fiona Pritchard: Bronze.
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