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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

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!