Adkins Arboretum exhibit chronicles birds in watercolor
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.”
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“Gambel’s Quail” by Kevin Garber