The Audubon Center at Debs Park has teamed up with local artists from the Arroyo Arts Collective to present a month-long exhibit of bird-inspired artwork that opens today in Montecito Heights. Many of the pieces featured in the show – titled “For the Birds” – hang not from gallery walls but from trees in and around the Audubon Center grounds. Yes, those are Alfred Hitchcock figurines perched on a tree limb near wire and mesh bird figures that appear to float across the sky. Giant nests weaved from vines and wood are nestled amid branches, fabric art wraps around tree trunks and bird houses fashioned from playing cards dangle amid the leaves. Artwork inspired by bird habitats, migration as well as the art of James John Audubon will also be displayed indoors at the Audubon Center, which will host a series of exhibition events over the next month. Today’s opening reception begins at 2 p.m.
* Update: Click here to view more photos of the opening reception by Martha Benedict.
Photos by Martha Benedict