Art gallery to open at Audubon Center

Joel Oppenheimer, Inc. the famed natural history art gallery known for the works of the iconic John James Audubon and many other renowned natural history artists has announced the Dec. 1 opening of the Oppenheimer Gallery at Audubon Greenwich.

The Audubon Center of Greenwich, the National Audubon Society’s first nature education center, has a history of protecting birds and engaging people in conservation and will now partner with the new gallery to create exhibits that directly link the works of art with its bird conservation efforts.

The gallery will reside in the newly renovated Kiernan Hall and will feature four exhibits per year. The first exhibition will explore all the editions of Audubon’s work in the 19th Century by showing comparative examples of nine prints in the different versions, which are the Havell, Bien, Octavo and watercolor editions. The birds to be featured in the exhibit are the osprey, the great blue heron, the Carolina parrot, the gyr falcon, the great egret, the passenger pigeon, the Louisiana heron, the ruby throated hummingbird and the dusky duck.

 

Mr. Oppenheimer, president of his namesake gallery, author, and one of the foremost Audubon experts in the world, said he sees this collaboration as an opportunity to educate and bring Audubon’s rich history to life.

“John James Audubon is considered to be perhaps the greatest natural history artist of all time,” he said. “His body of work in ornithological art is iconic. Collectors and admirers of his works continue to be enthralled with his accomplishments and how he shaped the genre of natural history art. Audubon brought images of birds and mammals to life during his time of exploration and we want his work to continue to inspire current and future generations. We are grateful to have this opportunity to collaborate with The Audubon Center of Greenwich both in its conservation efforts and in telling Audubon’s story.”

Karen Dixon, director of the town’s Audubon Center was equally pleased over this opportunity, saying, “We are excited to work with Joel Oppenheimer to introduce our members and visitors to the works of John James Audubon, our namesake and inspiration. It is our hope that these ornithological masterpieces will likewise inspire and engage people in the conservation of birds and their habitats.”

At the grand opening reception of the gallery, Mr. Oppenheimer will talk about the significance of Audubon’s contribution to art and conservation. His remarks will begin at 7 p.m. Private showings of the exhibit can be scheduled from 1 to 4 p.m. by appointment. All prints in the exhibition can be purchased either framed, or without. Thirty percent of the proceeds from sales will be donated on an ongoing basis to The Audubon Center of Greenwich.

The opening reception takes place on Dec. 1 from 6 to 8 p.m. Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres will be served.

To R.S.V.P. or to make a gallery appointment call 203-869-5272, ext. 239 or e-mail [email protected]

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