Chicken Pot Pie to Birds in Art 2016

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I lucked out again…

head of White Wyandotte, detail from hand-coloured, 5ft woodcut 'Chicken Pot Pie' by S.V. Medaris

Picking out pieces to submit back in April, this was another one of those “omg, like what do I have to lose?” sort of entries, hoping hoping hoping that this year’s jurors would appreciate a little levity. 6am this morning in my inbox, I found out that they did:

Your Birds in Art entry Chicken Pot Pie has been selected for the 2016 exhibition…

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Pas de Deux to Birds in Art 2015

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Pas de Deux linocut, detail of rooster head

Got the email today that Pas de Deux, a hand-colored linocut that I did the summer before last) made it into Birds in Art 2015! I still can’t believe it. Continue reading

Goose attacks to continue in Texas, California, New York,…

closeup of man approaching framed woodcut of a gooseWow again,
Just got the exciting news from the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum (currently showing the Birds in Art exhibit) that Taliesin Goose is going on the National Tour! Here’s the letter: Continue reading

Woodson Art Museum 2014

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Just got the email that my piece Taliesin Goose made into Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum‘s 2014 Birds in Art show! I’m beside myself with the thrill and honor of it. And it’s always a surprise—this is the 4th time I’ve made it in the show out of 13 attempts.

woodcut of canadian goose on green background

Taliesin Goose • 30in x 48in • reduction woodcut


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“A Murder of Crows”

A Murder of Crows is opening tonight (Jan. 11) at Artisan Gallery, reception from 5-9pm. It’s a really fun and inspiring show.

woodcut of raven by S.V. Medaris

Corvus corax (tastes like chicken)’ by S.V. Medaris • 22in x 22in • reduction woodcut

There is some fantastic work in this show…. Specifically, ceramic crows by Ryan Myers, a gorgeous silver point by Robert Schultz, another beautiful woodcut by Nick Wroblewski, exquisite paintings by Kelli Hoppmann and Jonathan Wilde, and the list goes on…. Check it out tonight at the opening reception (and through Feb 24th). There is a preview of some of the work on Artisan’s Facebook Page.

This raven above (yes ravens were allowed in the show–yes, I asked before I even started planning this one out) was modeled after some great taxidermied ravens at the UW-Madison Zoology Museum. The “tastes like chicken” text in the print? You’ll see that the raven at lower left is snacking on a dead chicken. One of the biggest food sources for ravens is carrion–I see crows more often than vultures out here in the middle of nowhere, on a rural road, working on road-kill. I’m sure if any raccoon or coyote or possum or hawk or owl (…) was insane enough to leave part of a juicy chicken lying about, a raven would finish it up sooner than later. Everybody loves chicken doncha’ know?