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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 info@polasek.org, as seat­ing is limited.


Florida Bird Fest:

Sun­day, March 8, 2015

1:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Free Admis­sion: Open House

Meet the ani­mals that inspire the art! In cel­e­bra­tion of the com­ing spring and con­junc­tion with our cur­rent exhibit, “Large Birds of Florida: The Art of John Costin,” the Albin Polasek Museum & Sculp­ture Gar­dens announces its first ever Florida Bird Fest. The Polasek his­toric home, gallery, sculp­ture gar­dens, and Capen House will be FREE admis­sion for this spe­cial open-house event. Join us for a mem­o­rable Sun­day after­noon explor­ing the art, his­tory, and ecol­ogy behind our local avian won­ders! If you haven’t seen John Costin’s award win­ning FL bird suite, now is the per­fect oppor­tu­nity for you to see this exquis­ite exhibit. Bring the whole fam­ily and sit down in the beau­ti­ful gar­dens and enjoy com­pli­men­tary bird related activ­i­ties and hands-on arts. The Audubon Cen­ter for Birds of Prey will be onsite through­out the day with some of their feath­ered friends, and will be doing a spe­cial pre­sen­ta­tion at 1:30 p.m. inside the Capen House. This is an inter­ac­tive oppor­tu­nity to learn about Florida’s rap­tors, con­ser­va­tion, and Florida nat­ural his­tory while see­ing some live! Then at 3:00 p.m. delve deeper into Audubon his­tory as Rollins Col­lege pro­fes­sor and author Dr. Leslie Kemp Poole illu­mi­nates the his­tory of the early days of this bird­ing soci­ety and the bat­tles of Florida wildlife con­ser­va­tion. She is sure to peak your inter­est by address­ing Florida’s Audubon Soci­ety in Mait­land and about con­ser­va­tion issues in the 20th cen­tury. Ever won­dered why the pea­cock is the sym­bol of Win­ter Park? The Win­ter Park His­tory Museum will also be onsite through­out the after­noon to shed light on this col­or­ful tale.  You’ll dis­cover how and why pea­cocks have become syn­ony­mous with our com­mu­nity! Bring your friends and fam­ily and don’t for­get to bring your binoc­u­lars, cam­eras, and sketch books along with you. You never know what will inspire you! Join us for our Florida Bird Fest and fly away with mem­o­ries while you expe­ri­ence the art and his­tory of the Large Birds of Florida exhibition.