Of a Feather: Artists, Birds and the Northwest
January 14 – June 7, 2015
As this region’s winter birds roost outdoors, admirers can appreciate their beauty
in an inspired indoor setting.
On January 14, as the Northwest’s wintering eagles dive and feed on local salmon, the White River Valley Museum opens a powerful northwest art exhibit of works featuring and inspired by birds.
This exhibit presents seemingly disparate works of art and ties them together with a common subject matter--birds. The collection reveals artists inspired by place and nature, by birds as metaphors for human experience and hope, and by more than a touch of the divine and mystical.
Of a Feather is composed of 26 major works of art from 19 northwest artists, working in a variety of media including stone sculpture, jewelry, sumi, printmaking, papier-mâché, oil, acrylic, wood, and feathers. Highlights include: Michael Spafford’s print series entitled 13 Ways of Seeing a Blackbird, Morris Grave’s oversized and ethereal Black Swan and Bill Holm’s wooden transformation mask, Sea Eagle Changing to Sun.
Local artist, scholar and guest curator Kenneth Greg Watson comments, “Northwest art lovers are coming to view Auburn's White River Valley Museum as a special place between Seattle and Tacoma where they can experience and enjoy art of the finest quality. Of A Feather will continue this gem of a museum's reputation for innovative exhibits with world class art and broad regional appeal."
Of a Feather is sponsored by 4Culture. All of the artwork is on loan from other museums, galleries, artists and collectors.