BirdSafe Pittsburgh inspires art

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Pittsburgh artist Ashley Cecil is in the midst of an artist residency here at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History.  Ashley has ended up choosing to focus her work around what we do as BirdSafe Pittsburgh and the flight tunnel research at the Powdermill Avian Research Center at Powdermill Nature Reserve.  Because of the magnitude of the issue of window collisions, with an average of 599 million birds dying annually, and the fact that it is an issue that can be solved, she has spent much of her time bringing awareness to the issue.

Until January 6, some of Ashley’s BirdSafe Pittsburgh inspired art is on display at Bloomfield’s Boxheart Gallery, at 4523 Liberty Avenue, PGH, PA 15224.  Ashley’s work showcases six different bird species heavily impacted by window collisions in the Pittsburgh region, the Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, White-throated Sparrow, Ruby-throated Hummingbird, Wood Thrush, Common Yellowthroat, and Magnolia Warbler.  At the bottom of each artwork are Carnegie Museum specimen tags for that species from individual birds collected as a part of BirdSafe Pittsburgh monitoring efforts.  Also on display at Boxheart Gallery is artwork from Dierdre Murphy, who had a residency at Powdermill Nature Reserve just this past spring.

Some of Ashley’s artwork gets turned into posters and wearable items (such as scarfs) that she sells at several different regional craft and art shows throughout the year.  She created a BirdSafe Pittsburgh infinity scarf out of the art on display at Boxheart Gallery, as well as a coloring poster that measures 2′ x 4′.

For this year’s Handmade Arcade, Pittsburgh’s largest independent craft fair, Ashley united 4 other artists to create an item to raise awareness of the work of BirdSafe Pittsburgh.  Kim Fox of Worker Bird created a quilted-tin collage image of a Brown Creeper.  Allison Glancey of strawberryluna created a beautiful screen print of several Canada Warblers.  Gillian Preston of Broken Plates created a glass ornament of a Ruby-throated Hummingbird and some stud earrings with the hummingbird’s gorget feathers on them.  Kristen Lowe-Rebel of KLoRebel created a tea towel (and prints) featuring a Common Yellowthroat that she named Randy!  Please take the time to visit each of their websites and purchase all of your holiday gifts while you’re there!  Everyone in your life would love something that you can find in their stores!  Or, you can purchase all of the BirdSafe Pittsburgh inspired items from Ashley’s website here.

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