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
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.