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Saturday, June 6, 2009

Weekend Aviary


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.

4 comments:

Gerry said...

My eye was fooled at first. What wonderful carvings! This whole region is overrun with talent.

P. J. Grath said...

We really are blessed in that regard, Gerry.

Anonymous said...

This was simply an astonishing show! Breathtaking. And we were enthralled listening to Greg describe the wood he carves(tupelo) and his experience banding hawks at Whitefish Point. He says he'll have work up at Pier Wright's Gallery on Mill St. in Northport later this summer, for those who missed him this time.

P. J. Grath said...

Glad you made the show, and thanks for mentioning the coming show at the Wright Gallery. As that date gets closer, I'll try to remember ti post a heads-up. Our friend Jeanie Larson will have paintings in the same show.