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World-renowned art exhibit travels to Steamboat

Luci Franklin/For the Steamboat Today

— The Steamboat Art Museum is hosting a world-renowned exhibit featuring 60 artists from around the globe.

"These are the best of the best when it comes to wildlife art," said Shirley Stocks, local organizer for the event.

The “Birds in Art” exhibit will open on Friday with a reception at the museum from 5 to 8 p.m. The exhibit will remain open to the public through Sept. 15.

The tour only stops in four locations in the United States before going abroad. The first stop was in North Dakota followed by Steamboat. The exhibit then moves to Texas and on to Massachusetts.

"We tried for several years to get on the tour," Stocks said. "Finally, three years ago we did."

The exhibit is organized annually by the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum in Wausau, Wisconsin, where the entire collection of 605 works of art are permanently on display. Only 60 pieces travel on the tour. The art ranges from “Portent,” a vast charcoal drawing by Canadian artist Karen Bondarchuk, to silk screen that was created by Seri Graph to resemble a collage of silk cutouts.

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"There are so many amazing watercolors, all using very different techniques," Stocks said, pointing out the fine detail on calfskin vellum painting by U.S. artist Wendy Brockman.

The featured artist in the exhibit is Terry Miller, who drew "Stretch,” a piece created by using the elements of graphite pencil on a Bristol board.

"I rarely, if ever, use an eraser; it allows me to build up the surrounding layers," said Miller, explaining the details of his creative process.

Artists from all over submit about 2,000 pieces of their best bird artwork to the Woodson Art Museum. Over 600 outstanding artists are then chosen to share their masterpieces around the world.

This year, there are artists from around Europe, North America, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Japan and even Australia. The birds in the art are just as varied as the artists who made them.

"This is the competitive side of art," Stocks said. "It is a real honor to be part of this exhibit."

A museum dedicated to showcasing artists and the grandeur of their work, Steamboat Art Museum is a non-profit organization with a mission to spread the joy of art with the community.

"We are to art as Strings is to music, here in Steamboat," Stocks said. "I want to share true art with Steamboat, and not charge them for it."

For information, visit http://www.steamboatartmuseum.org.

Luci Franklin is serving as a summer intern at the Steamboat Pilot & Today. A graduate of the Lowell Whiteman School, she will be a junior at Saint Michaels College in Burlington, Vermont, where she is a member of the varsity swim team.

If you go

What: Birds In Art

When: Tuesdays through Saturdays, July 18 to Sept. 15

Where: Steamboat Art Museum, 801 Lincoln. Ave.

Cost: Free