Roving Reporter | "Rockport Flocks to Bird Art Exhibit" Text and 8 Photos by Jeanette Larson

Harvey interrupted the "Birds in Art" exhibit scheduled to be held at the Rockport Center for the Arts during the now-cancelled HummerBird Celebration earlier this month but even 130 mph winds couldn't blow the art away. Through a prime example of partnership, neighborliness, and cooperation, instead of losing the exhibit, it was moved to the Art Museum of South Texas in Corpus Christi. More than two hundred people showed up for the opening reception on September 28, 2017.

Mayor CJ Wax (r) and Kent Howard (l)
The annual exhibit, now in its fifth decade, is created by the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum in Wausau, Wisconsin. Recognized as the primary exhibit of avian art and showcases artists from around the world this is the second time Rockport Center for the Arts has hosted it. Approximately 100 pieces are selected each year and the jury seeks "to present the very best contemporary artistic interpretations of birds and related subject matter." Following exhibition in Wausau, pieces are available to other venues around the country. The Rockport exhibit includes fifty paintings and works on paper and ten sculptures, including the work of Coastal Bend local, Kent Ullberg. Other Texas artists included in the exhibit are Jim Offeman from Missouri City and Debbie Stevens from Cypress. Ullberg's work is featured in the sculpture garden at the Rockport Center for the Arts.

John and Adelaide Marlatt
Left: Barbara Gurtner and friend, Right: Gayly Opem

The show will run through November 19 and the Rockport/Corpus Christi venue is the only remaining opportunity to see this exhibit in Texas. The Art Museum of South Texas is located at 1902 N. Shoreline, Corpus Christi.

Luis Purón (center), Executive Director of Rockport Center for the Arts - showing his #RockportStrong spirit!

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