'Birds of a Feather' Art Exhibit in Raleigh

This Friday is 'First Friday' in Raleigh, the night when all the downtown galleries are open late and have their show opening receptions. This month, two of my silk paintings are included in this event! Forest Guardian and Please Share! were juried into the Birds of a Feather exhibition at 311 Gallery

  • Opening reception: Friday February 6th, 6 - 9 pm. Show runs to February 26th
  • 311 West Martin Street, Raleigh, NC 27601
  • Gallery hours: Wed-Sat 11:30-4 pm

These paintings are created from several translucent layers of painted silk collaged one on top of the other. The top layer is backed with batting and stands out from the surface for a 3-dimensional effect. I also added yarn and beads as embellishments.

Please Share!, 16 x 20 in.  These beauties are yellow orioles, native to South America and Trinidad. My brother lives in the hills of Trinidad, and has a large balcony overlooking the forest. Great for bird watching! When mom lived there, she used to put out fruit and bread for them every morning... there would be quite a raucous line-up for her goodies. Mom had  decided that since she ate her bread buttered, it would be rude to give her feathered friends dry bread... so she buttered every piece! I don't know whether butter is good or bad for birds but they sure loved it! She got many kinds of visitors, but the orioles were her favorite.

Please Share!16 x 20 in. 

These beauties are yellow orioles, native to South America and Trinidad. My brother lives in the hills of Trinidad, and has a large balcony overlooking the forest. Great for bird watching! When mom lived there, she used to put out fruit and bread for them every morning... there would be quite a raucous line-up for her goodies. Mom had  decided that since she ate her bread buttered, it would be rude to give her feathered friends dry bread... so she buttered every piece! I don't know whether butter is good or bad for birds but they sure loved it! She got many kinds of visitors, but the orioles were her favorite.

Forest Guardian, 16 x 20 in.  This is a chestnut-breasted Malkoha, a type of cuckoo native to southeast Asia. I saw it in the wonderful aviary in the San Diego zoo. I thought it had  a fierce-looking face, like a guard of the forest that you wouldn't want to mess with!

Forest Guardian, 16 x 20 in. 

This is a chestnut-breasted Malkoha, a type of cuckoo native to southeast Asia. I saw it in the wonderful aviary in the San Diego zoo. I thought it had  a fierce-looking face, like a guard of the forest that you wouldn't want to mess with!


Some images of other paintings in the show, taken from the gallery's website. I'm pleased that one of mine made it onto the front page!