Saturday, June 6, 2009
The old art school building in Leland was transformed late Friday night when Leelanau County bird artist Greg Garman set up his weekend show of bird paintings and carvings, a show that continues through 6 p.m. Sunday. Almost all of Garman’s birds are life size (one exception is a simple, subtle watercolor of a bald eagle in flight, prey clutched in its talons), and the carvings are so lifelike they almost seem like a taxidermist’s art. As a viewer I found myself in constant motion, swooping from one piece to the next, captivated by each in turn. The images here only begin to hint at the magic. With a 50% chance of precipitation tomorrow, I'd say a trip to Leland would be a good afternoon plan.