Kawartha Art Gallery announces annual juried exhibition, ‘Radical Feathers’

By Lindsay Advocate

The Kawartha Art Gallery (KAG) is excited to announce the return of its popular annual juried exhibition. This year’s title is Radical Feathers, and is about the exploration of avian beauty, diversity, and conservation. Radical Feathers is a co-presentation between Kawartha Art Gallery, Fleming College Frost and Haliburton Campuses, and the City of Kawartha Lakes. The exhibition takes place November 14, 2023 to January 27, 2024 at the Gallery (190 Kent St. West, Lindsay, Ontario).

KAG also invites the public to join them for a special night of birds, drinks, and celebration to recognize the winners of this annual exhibit. The evening event will provide a sneak peek of the fantastic art submissions that will be displayed during the months-long exhibition. Plus, mingle with fellow art and bird enthusiasts, learn about bird conservation in the City of Kawartha Lakes, and meet a bird of prey up close. The event is also co-presented by the same organizations, in addition to Barton Creative. The reception takes place Saturday, November 18 from 7-9:30pm at Auk’s Lodge at Fleming College’s Frost Campus (200 Albert Street South, Lindsay, doors open at 6:30pm). Free tickets are first-come first-served, and can be reserved at the KAG website.

Jamie Morris, special guest at the awards reception and Chair, Bird Friendly Kawartha Lakes, remarked: “Some heartening news: Kawartha Lakes Council recently voted to support an application for Bird Friendly City certification from Nature Canada. Representatives from Kawartha Conservation, Fleming College, Kawartha Land Trust, Kawartha Field Naturalists, Kawartha Bird Control and the City’s Environmental Advisory Committee are spearheading the initiative. Kawartha Art Gallery is a welcome ally: Radical Feathers will remind us all of the beauty of what we’re in danger of losing.”

With over 10,000 different species recognized globally, birds represent an astonishing level of diversity. They occupy habitats on every continent and are a perfect study in adaptations to a range of extreme conditions and highly specialized ecological niches. From the elegant stillness of a heron to the frantic flitting of a hummingbird, these feathered wonders have inspired generations of artists around the world for as long as we have made art.

Jurors for this year’s KAG juried exhibit were Michael Dumas, Vincent Luk, and Xavier Massé. To find out more about the exhibit, please visit: www.kawarthagallery.com/exhibits/radical-feathers.

To find out more about the Awards Reception, and to reserve free tickets (while quantities last), please visit: www.kawarthagallery.com/exhibits/radical-feathers-reception.

The Kawartha Art Gallery is a proud member of the Kawartha Lakes Arts Council.

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