Large Birds of Florida: The Art of John Costin
November 25, 2014 — April 12, 2015
The Polasek Museum presents Johns Costin’s award-winning “Large Birds of Florida” suite. Costin’s intricate artwork is a masterful combination of copperplate etching, printmaking, and hand-painting. A professional artist and a resident of Florida, Costin visually captures the individual nuances found within the diverse species of birds native to Florida. The exhibition will include Costin’s large-scale prints as well as his personal collection of rare, original Audubon prints from the late nineteenth century, the name synonymous with birds and bird conservation around the world. Birders and art lovers alike will marvel at these majestic portraits of our state’s fowl. John Costin’s artwork can be found in collections of the General Motors Corporation, the Tampa Bay History Center, the State Library of Florida, the Polk Museum of Art, and the University of Miami.
Artist Lecture and Gallery Walk-Through:
Thursday, January 29, 2015
7 – 8 PM
John Costin, our exhibiting artist, gives an educational presentation on the engraving stages and his personal etching techniques. See tools of the trade, examples of Costin’s works and the etching plates in-progress as each layer adds depth to the overall composition. You will marvel at richness of detail he is able to achieve through this process. The result is a realistic bird portrait that captures all the elaborate lines right down to the individual feathers. Following the lecture, Costin will conduct an informal walk– through tour of the exhibit highlights in the Polasek Gallery. Admission is $5.00 and includes lecture inside the Polasek Historic Home and walk-through tour. Must preregister at 407 – 647-6294 or firstname.lastname@example.org, as seating is limited.
Florida Bird Fest:
Sunday, March 8, 2015
1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Free Admission: Open House
Free admission to the Florida Bird Fest at the Albin Polasek Museum and Sculpture Gardens on Sunday, March 8th. Watch local artist Boy Kong create a live avian-inspired installation while Penelope the Peacock Princess graces the gardens. Then, create your own bird-related art with free hands-on activities. At 1:30 p.m., join the Audubon Center for Birds of Prey’s interactive presentation alongside their feathered friends. Accompany Rollins College’s Dr. Leslie Kemp Poole at 3:00 p.m. as she illuminates the history of birding society and the battles of Florida wildlife conservation. Meet Winter Park’s Penelope the Peacock Princess and learn about the relationship between the peacock and Winter Park from the Winter Park History Museum. Be sure to explore our current exhibit, “Large Birds of Florida: The Art of John Costin,” Albin Polasek’s Historic Home, and our beautiful gardens, all free for the event!