Thursday, July 2, 2009

PRESS: Black Birds at the Guild, St. Johnsbury

A new exhibition, “BLACK BIRD SINGING: a Celebration of Ravens, Crows, and Their Cousins,” opens July 8 in the Backroom Gallery of the Northeast Kingdom Artisans Guild in St. Johnsbury and runs through August 18. The group show will display the work of twenty artists in such diverse media as paintings, prints, and works in clay, fiber, and metal. A wine and cheese reception for the artists will be held from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 18, 2009 at the Guild, and the public is cordially invited.

Technically, crows and their cousins are songbirds. Like all members of the corvid family, crows are highly intelligent, very sociable, and have long fascinated humankind. “People who like corvids are passionate about them,” says Amanda Weisenfeld, whose work will be represented in the show. “I love ravens and crows because they are smart, clever, bold, playful, make wonderful sounds, and are fascinating to look at. There is nothing more powerful than coming across a ‘crow tree’ that suddenly explodes, propelling a mass of black birds swirling and sweeping up into the air. It takes your breath away.”

Other artists participating in the show include Sunnie Andress, Naomi Bossom, Linda Broadwater, Carolyn Guest, Joan Harlowe, Carol Keiser, Wendy Lichtensteiger, Susan McClellan, Carol MacDonald, Dorian McGowan, Sarah Munro, Ellen Spring, and Ashley Thompson.

More information on the Northeast Kingdom Artisans Guild is available at their website, .