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Eugene Morelli, Ruby Throated Hummingbirds, Tupelo with Acrylic and Hammered silver, Collection of Kem Appell

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One Man’s Passion: The Art of Carved Birds
Aug. 5 - Sept. 25, 2011
Opening Reception
5:30-7 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 11, 2011

One Man’s Passion: The Art of Carved Birds consists of over 60 objects from the collection of J. Kemler “Kem” Appell, one of the leading collectors of miniature decorative bird carvings in the U.S.

Twenty-seven artists are featured, all world championship carvers and masters of artistic form and design. The exhibition will break new ground presenting bird carving as fine art and will chart the evolution of the art form in recent years.

As Appell appreciates, many carvers are also painters or sculptors who deal with all aspects of art and design, 2D painting, 3D sculpture, architectural construction, and structural engineering. While maintaining the traditional use of woods to construct the birds themselves, other materials—such as metals, fibers and contemporary paints—are more commonly being used to enhance habitat and presentation. Today’s carvers are also integrating a specific narrative into their work, making a more dramatic presentation. This exhibition will also highlight examples of several other interpretive categories.

The exhibition includes a display explaining the process by which these bird carvers create their masterpieces. Related programming includes both lectures and demonstrations by leading artists.

In the News:
Dunne, Susan (August 2, 2011). "Carved Birds At New Britain Museum of American Art, Aug. 5-Sept. 25", The Hartford Courant


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