This morning's bleary-eyed stagger to the keyboard snapped me wide awake when it revealed The Big Email from the Woodson Art Museum, confirming the selection of "Shower With a Friend" for this year's Birds in Art exhibition.
|"Shower With a Friend," reduction linocut, 15" x 15"|
Most of the time I more-or-less manage to maintain a more-or-less philosophical air about juried exhibitions, but Birds in Art is special and this year doubly so. Each year the museum names a Master wildlife artist, and this year that artist is friend and colleague Barry Van Dusen. The exhibition's opening weekend in September is a highlight of any year, but it will be particularly wonderful to be there to celebrate Barry's accomplishments.
Competition for this exhibition is always fierce–910 entries for 92 places this year–and it's always humbling to consider the many excellent pieces that are not included. Let's face it. I was tres nervous about this one.
The summer ahead is a busy one, but the weekend of September 6 now shines as the reward for hard work ahead and behind.