Birds focus of new Auburn museum exhibit

Birds of the Northwest, and the artists who depict them, are the focus of an exhibit that opens Jan. 14 at the White River Valley Museum in Auburn.

“Of a Feather: Artists, Birds and the Northwest” will be on display in the museum’s temporary exhibit gallery through June 7.

The exhibit presents seemingly disparate works of art that are tied together by a common subject matter: birds. The works come from generations of Northwest artists, including some of the most influential pioneer modernists active from the 1940s to the 1960s.

The exhibit features 26 major pieces of art from more than 20 Northwest artists, working in a variety of media including stone sculpture, jewelry, sumi, printmaking, papier-mâché, oil, acrylic, wood and feathers.

Among the collection is Michael Spafford’s print series “13 Ways of Seeing a Blackbird,” Morris Graves’ oversized and ethereal “Black Swan” and Bill Holm’s transformation mask “Sea Eagle Changing to Sun.”

Other artists who have works in the exhibit are Tony Angell, Mary Ellen Bowers, Kenneth Callahan, Carl Chew, Patty Detzer, Gaylen Hansen, Helmi Juvonen, Nadine Kariya, Chris Maynard, Philip McCracken, Glenn Rudolph, Shaun Peterson, James Washington, Cynthia Toops, Hib Sabin and Elizabeth Sandvig.

The museum is open noon-4 p.m. Wednesdays-Sundays, and 6-8 p.m. on the first Thursday of each month. It is located at 918 H St. SE, Auburn. Regular admission is $5 adults, $2 senior citizens and children, and free for children 2 and younger. Admission is free all day on the first Thursday and the third Sunday of every month. Call 253-288-7433 or visit wrvmuseum.org for event information.