The Ways of Water Birds by Debbie Stevens
Texas Aviary: More Birds in Art by Margie Crisp, Billy Hassell, Jonathan Paul Jackson, E. Dan Klepper, William Montgomery, and Frank X. Tolbert 2

February 16 - March 10, 2018
Opening Reception: Saturday, February 17th, 6-8:30pm
Gallery Talk: Saturday, February 24th, 2-4pm
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In 2018, we mark the 100th anniversary of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, the most powerful and important bird-protection law ever passed. In honor of this milestone, Audubon Society, National Geographic, and nature lovers around the world are joining forces to celebrate the “Year of the Bird” and commit to protecting birds today and for the next hundred years.

As our way to celebrate, from February 16 to March 10, William Reaves | Sarah Foltz Fine Art  hosts two dynamic exhibitions focusing on our feathered friends—Wings: The Ways of Water Birds by Debbie Stevens and Texas Aviary: More Birds in Art by Margie Crisp, Billy Hassell, Jonathan Paul Jackson, E. Dan Klepper, William Montgomery, and Frank X. Tolbert 2.

These exhibitions offer a visual homage to the splendid legacy of naturalist painting in the Lone Star State through the works of seven of state’s foremost contemporary naturalist artists celebrating the allure and natural beauty of Texas birds in art. Their varied works, including paintings, prints, and photographs, present broad, twenty-first century interpretations of Texas wildlife and their environs, as they continue to approach their task with refined expertise and avid dedication to the causes of both art and nature.  The exhibition is rich and pleasing in terms of its divergent style and substance, and the artists and their work are certain to appeal to the inherent naturalist instincts that remain deep in the heart of every true Texan.

Center stage is reserved for the quiet majesty of the cranes, egrets, and herons that elegantly populate the incredible water bird paintings of world class avian artist, Debbie Stevens. A “must see” for Texas birders and conservationists.  Her paintings of cranes and water-birds have brought her national acclaim in the field of “birds in art”.  With a unique style that seamlessly integrates photo-realism with abstraction, Stevens has become a perennial award-winner in important American wildlife painting competitions.  Her paintings possess a distinctive elegance, presented in a style and scale which respects and accentuates the allure of her preferred subject matter – the majestic water-birds of Texas and the American Midwest.  Of note, Stevens is the 2018 Artist of the Year for the Rockport Center for the Arts, and will be having a solo exhibition there this summer.

Participating artists in  Texas Aviary include: Margie Crisp and husband William Montgomery (Elgin), Billy Hassell (Fort Worth), Jonathan Paul Jackson (Houston), E. Dan Klepper (Marathon), and Frank X. Tolbert 2 (Houston).

Wings and Texas Aviary make for the perfect visual experience in concert with the arrival of spring.  It offers a superb selection of artwork by some of Texas’ most respected wildlife artists.  The exhibitions run from February 16–March 10, with an opening reception on Saturday, February 17, from 6 to 8:30 p.m.

Events:

Opening Reception: Saturday, February 17th, 6-8:30pm

Gallery Talk: Saturday, February 24th, 2-4pm


Press Release - Birds in Art
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