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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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

Taliesin Goose purchased by Museum

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Got the call today: Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum has purchased Taliesin Goose! I am so honored to have a piece in the collection. *Read about the making of Taliesin Goose (my 1st 48″ reduction woodcut). Here it is at the 2014 Birds in Art exhibit (pretty nifty wall color, huh?):

museum interior with teal wall and goose print and others

Taliesin Goose, 2014, 30in x 48in

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‘Birds in Art’ interview by Rob Duns at WAOW

still of artist with turkey woodcut

Click on image to watch interview.


Marla Brenner and I were interviewed at the Birds in Art opening weekend. Watch the interview!

The part Rob left out of the interview was that the turkeys that I “liberated” were actually, originally intended for Thanksgiving dinners for friends and family. I raised the turkeys to use
as models AND for meat, just as I’d done years past with the Broad Breasted Bronzes and Giant Whites. But wild turkeys can fly (which I didn’t think about ahead of time), and they had a different agenda, so I started clipping their wings once I realized they were all going to fly away.

But then, through my own  need to have beautiful models, their wings were allowed to grow out (after a clumsy, unsightly wing clipping –hey c’mon, my models were escaping one-by-one daily!– that left my models looking like strange, ungainly, flightless birds that were not exactly fit for modelling). I decided then that wild turkeys flying off to be wild kind of made sense, and I sketched and photographed the birds like crazy once their wings grew out, knowing they were going to take off any day. And then, one by one over a few days they flew over the fence to freedom. They definitely earned it! Well, they also got a long, safe-from-predators, well-fed childhood before they took off.

And it was awesome the following spring to go on jogs with the dogs, when all-of-a-sudden we’d scare up a mama turkey and her rafter/gobble/flock of tiny little poults flapping like mad to follow her up into the trees. This happened often that spring. I felt proud–like they were my grandkids or something.

Museum acquisition for “Turkey Promenade”

graphic, full-color woodcut of wild turkey, facing viewerJust got a call today from Jane from Collections at the Woodson Art Museum, and they’ve selected “Turkey Promenade” for their permanent collection. I’m just thrilled–it’s a dream come true for me.

The Birds in Art exhibit is up now through November 13, 2011.

You can read more about the exhibit, and 2 friends who are also in the exhibit, local Madison artists Clarence Cameron and Marla Brenner in this Wisconsin State Journal article.

Birds in Art 2011!

Turkey Promenade features woodcut turkey by S.V. Medaris

"Turkey Promenade", 5-color reduction woodcut, 30in x 22in

Turkey Promenade made it into Birds in Art this year.

The Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum writes:
“Jurors Martha Hill (author and former Audubon picture editor), Amy Montague (director, Mass Audubon Visual Arts Center), and Jim Richerson (president, Lakeview Museum of Arts & Sciences) spent a productive day reviewing 957 entries submitted by 583 artists before heading into the final selection round….[which includes] 113 juried artists and past Master Artists and the 2011 Master Artist, Jim Coe….”

I fortunately picked the right art to submit for this year’s jurors. This’ll be my 3rd time (2005, 2010) at Wausau, and I feel as lucky and honored to be in this show as I did the first time.