Ad­kins Ar­bore­tum ex­hibit chron­i­cles birds in water­color

Record Observer - - Arts & Entertainment -

RIDGELY — In his show, “Bird Chron­i­cles,” on view at Ad­kins Ar­bore­tum’s Vis­i­tor Center through Jan. 27, Kevin Gar­ber’s un­der­stand­ing of birds, born from 40 years of draw­ing them, part­ners with his joy in ex­per­i­ment­ing with paint and pen­cil. Meet the artist at a re­cep­tion from 3 to 5 p.m. Satur­day, Dec. 3.

Now work­ing from his stu­dio in Boz­man near St. Michaels and teach­ing at Eas­ton’s Academy Art Mu­seum, Gar­ber is a mas­ter print­maker who earned a Mas­ter of Fine Arts from the Univer­sity of Ne­braska and went on to teach print­mak­ing and draw­ing at Wash­ing­ton Univer­sity in St. Louis.

At a glance, his birds hark back to his­tor­i­cal bird il­lus­tra­tions, such as John James Audubon’s fa­mous paint­ings, but with more an­i­ma­tion and mis­chievous­ness. None of them is fly­ing. Perched on branches or on the ground, each is vig­i­lant and fo­cused.

“I’ve al­ways en­joyed the birds,” Gar­ber said. “In the past, they were more about free­dom, but birds are very vul­ner­a­ble. They’re a frag­ile part of our en­vi­ron­ment, and like in­sects, they show quickly what’s hap­pen­ing.

“So re­ally, these newer paint­ings es­pe­cially are more con­cerned with the en­vi­ron­ment and this whole de­bate about whether or not it’s an is­sue.”

For more in­for­ma­tion, visit ad­kin­sar­bore­tum.org, email info@ad­kin­sar­bore­tum.org or call 410-6342847.

“Gam­bel’s Quail” by Kevin Gar­ber

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