On Saturday, April 28 at 3:00 p.m., Stark Museum of Art will host a showing of A Summer of Birds: John James Audubon in Louisiana, with an introduction by Museum staff. This educational program explores the profound influence that Louisiana had on Audubon’s study of birds and touches on conservation issues. 

The video screening will take place at the Education Center, adjacent to the Museum at 812 Green Avenue in Orange, Texas. Light refreshments will be served, and following the screening participants will visit the Audubon exhibit in the Museum. The program is free and open to the public.

A Summer of Birds is a documentary by Louisiana Public Broadcasting that chronicles the summer of 1821 which Audubon spent in Louisiana at the Oakley Plantation in West Feliciana Parish, located near Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

John James Audubon (1785 – 1851) was an ornithologist, naturalist and painter. He was known for his expansive studies to document all types of American birds and for his detailed illustrations that depicted the birds in their natural habitats. His major work, a color-plate book entitled The Birds of America, is considered one of the finest ornithological works ever completed.

“After viewing the video about Audubon’s summer at Oakley Plantation in Louisiana, we will return to the Museum to view the Audubon works in our gallery Exploring America’s Frontiers. The current selection focuses primarily on birds that Audubon saw that summer, including the beautiful swallow-tailed hawk, the white ibis and the spotted sandpiper,” said Sarah Boehme, Stark Museum Director.

The Stark Museum of Art is fortunate to possess the complete volumes of The Birds of America. The Museum’s set is unique in that it is bound in five volumes rather than the usual four. The set belonged to the artist and some pages within the volume include pencil notations by Audubon himself.

Located at 712 Green Avenue in Orange, Texas, Stark Museum of Art is open to the public Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Admission is free for all ages. Group tours are available by appointment. For more information, call 409.886.ARTS (2787) or visit www.starkmuseum.org.