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THE GLOAMING: Owls in Art

PRESS RELEASE

THE GLOAMING: Owls in Art
Feb 14 – Mar 30, 2019

THE GLOAMING: Owls in Art

2.14.19 – 3.30.19

 

Valentine’s Day Champagne and Chocolates Preview:

2.14.19, 5-8 pm

 

Opening Reception:

2.16.19, 5-8 pm

Join us for a special visit with live ‘owl ambassadors’ from the

Teton Raptor Center during the opening reception on 2.16.19 from 6-7 pm!

 

Throughout history, mankind has been enthralled with owls.  The earliest example of an owl in art can be seen in the carving on a limestone wall of the Chauvet-Pont-d'Arc Cave in southern France.  It is 30,000 years old and may be the oldest evidence of our ongoing fascination with these magnificent birds. 

Owls have been feared, venerated, despised, admired, considered wise and foolish, and associated with witchcraft, medicine, the weather, birth and death. They represent wisdom and helpfulness and have powers of prophecy in early Indian folklore. Similar powers are assigned to them in Aesop's fables and in Greek mythology. During the Middle Ages in Europe, the owl was associated with witches. The naturalists of the Age of Enlightenment in the 18th century focused on detailing the zoological aspects of owls, and the paintings produced during this period reduced the mystery surrounding these birds.

As superstitions subsided during the 20th and 21st centuries, the owl has returned to its position as a symbol of wisdom. The Gloaming: Owls in Art brings together a compelling collection of work that celebrates the spirit of the owl in contemporary art. The show includes work in bronze, clay, mixed media, cut paper, watercolor, acrylic, and oil by artists Claire Brewster, Helen Durant, Ted Gall, Sarah Hillock, Anastasia Kimmett, KOLLABS, Chris Reilly, Angie Renfro, and Les Thomas. 

This exhibition will benefit Teton Raptor Center in Jackson, Wyoming. For further information, please contact Diehl Gallery.

For information on Teton Raptor Center, visit tetonraptorcenter.org