Birds have always been a source of inspiration for artists. The bald eagle has appeared on all official seals of the United States, as well as on most coinage, paper money, and on many U.S. stamps. Artist John James Audubon became famous for his collection of bird paintings. There is something about these high-flying creatures that encourages great art.
For this reason, Evergreen Fine Art has teamed with Nature’s Educators to host “A Tasting of Talons and Art” on Saturday. Nature’s Educators is a nonprofit organization based in Aurora that houses and trains raptors and reptiles that have been rehabilitated but, because of their injuries, cannot be returned to the wild.
For the second year in a row, Evergreen Fine Art will have a wildlife show at the gallery highlighting nine to 12 live raptors and several docile reptiles such as a tortoise and a lizard for kids to touch. EFA’s artists will be at the show creating their art surrounded by these live animals.
“The idea started because one of the artists we represent, Pati Stajcar, is a sculptor who sculpts primarily birds,” says Doug Kacena, Evergreen Fine Art’s director of exhibitions. “I believe she has used Nature’s Educators raptors as models for her work in the past. The raptor rehabilitation program is one Pati is passionate about, and she introduced it to us at the gallery.”
Some considerations do need to be made for birds in the gallery. Some birds cannot be within sight of others, so each raptor gets its own room. Tempest, a golden eagle with a 7-foot wingspan, may be in one room, while Arktos, the 6-inch-high screech owl, could be in the next.
Sixteen artists will be creating original art from these live models. Since 3:30 to 5 p.m. is family time, it’s a great opportunity to introduce the kids to these powerful birds as well as the art inspired by them. Visitors can meet artists such as Dan Oakleaf, Pem Dunn and Ned Aldridge, one of the nation’s premier wildlife painters.
From 5 to 7:30 p.m., the exhibition is for adults, and visitors can enjoy a complimentary wine tasting sponsored by Talon Winery of Palisade. A silent auction of the paintings and sculptures created during the day will take place. Proceeds from the auction help support the work of Nature’s Educators.
“We are very excited to be hosting this free event for the second year,” Kacena says. “It is a fascinating day and an amazing way to see these birds up close. And artwork purchased in the silent auction will commemorate the birds forever.”
Sara Miller, a freelance writer and a resident of Evergreen, lives with her husband, two children and a dog.
‘A Tasting of Talons and Art’
A fund-raiser hosted by Evergreen Fine Art for Nature’s Educators
Saturday, March 1: 3:30 to 5 p.m. for family time with kids; 5 to 7:30 p.m. for adults and wine tasting
For information, call 303-679-3610 or visit www.evergreenfineart.com.