A bird’s eye view

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Audubon photography award winners on display at Center for the Arts Evergreen

By Deb Hurley Brobst

Evergreen Audubon board member JoAnn Hackos has a quick finger.


Hackos hit the send button on her computer immediately when the national Audubon Society began accepting applications to bring part of the organization’s best bird photos to Evergreen. Her quick finger paid off Thursday night when 13 of the top 100 photos from the 2017 Audubon Photography Awards were displayed at Center for the Arts Evergreen.

Evergreen Audubon is one of 500 groups in the United States.

During the opening-night reception, nearly 100 people came to check out the stunning wildlife photos, which will be on display until June 27.

One of the photos — a Florida scrub jay — is by Evergreen’s Ellen Nelson. The other 12 are by both amateur and professional photographers from around the country. To round out the display, there were photos taken by members of the Evergreen Camera Club and prints of bird illustrations by John James Audubon.

“As soon as I saw the (call for applications), I said, ‘We should do this,’” Hackos said.

“Evergreen Audubon is one of a handful of chapters to get the opportunity to get these photos,” board member Ed Furlong said. “The display shows two things: the power and majesty of birds, and the incredible photo skills of the artists.”

What makes the photos unique, Furlong said, is that each photo that the national Audubon Society selected is not just a beautiful photo, but one that shows the birds doing what they do.

“It’s an intimate glimpse into the lives of birds,” Furlong said. “Their lives are as varied as human lives.”

In the exhibit, viewers see sandhill cranes and snow geese taking flight at Bernardo Waterfowl Management Area in New Mexico, a gentoo penguin with her baby taken in Brown Bluff, Antarctica, a great gray owl in Grand Teton National Park, Wyo., and more.

Megan Fuse, also an Evergreen Audubon board member, brought her children, Oliver, 7, and Francesca, 5, to check out the bird photos. Megan called the display phenomenal, while her kids said they liked the birds’ colors.

Friends Fran Enright and Lynda Heublein attended the opening-night reception, calling the photos beautiful.

Steve Sumner, executive director of Center for the Arts Evergreen, told those in attendance that CAE was happy to share the gallery with other organizations such as Evergreen Audubon.

“It’s our pleasure to have a facility, where we can invite people in,” he added.

Evergreen Audubon is planning the following workshops in conjunction with the photo exhibit. Members are considered those who are members of Center for the Arts Evergreen, Evergreen Audubon or the Evergreen Camera Club. Register at www.evergreenarts.org/events.

• Treat Dad to Fish, Birds and Beer, 8 a.m. to noon Thursday, June 14. Meet at CAE for a tour followed by time at Evergreen Lake and finish at Lariat Lodge Brewing Co. for lunch. Free to members; $5 for non-members.

• Wildlife Photography and Beyond, 7 a.m. to noon Saturday, June 16. Meet at Center for the Arts Evergreen. Learn about wildlife photography from Jackie Crivello with help from raptors from HawkQuest. Cost is $110 for members; $120 for non-members.

• Who was John James Audubon, bird artist? Presentation on Audubon drawings, 6:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, June 19, at CAE. Free.

• Cubes, Cones and Pyramids, 8 a.m. to noon Thursday, June 21. Meet at the Evergreen Audubon Nature Center. Learn about drawing birds at Evergreen Lake from Lynne Milliken. Cost is $40 for members; $45 for non-members.

• The Art of Bird Photography with Ellen Nelson, 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, June 23. Meet at the Evergreen Audubon Education Center, 29997 Buffalo Park Road. Cost is $75 for members; $85 for non-members.

Contact Deb Hurley Brobst at deb@evergreenco.com or 303-350-1041.