FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Audubon of the West: Andrew Jackson Grayson
April 30, 2005 - June 20, 2005
Celebration Event: Saturday, May 7, 10am-2pm


Kern County Museum
3801 Chester Ave., Bakersfield, CA 93301
(661) 852-5000, FAX (661) 322-6415
E-mail, <kcmuseum@kern.org>
Web site, <http://www.kcmuseum.org>
Monday – Saturday, 10am-5pm; Sunday, 12-5pm



Andrew Jackson Grayson, “Fulvous Whistling-Duck (Dendrocygna biclor)”, these birds inhabit shallow freshwater ponds and subsist on the seeds of grass and weeds.

This lovely exhibit explores western bird life through the works of Andrew Jackson Grayson. At the time of his death in 1869 he was the most accomplished bird painter in North America. Called "Audubon of the West", Grayson was also a Gold Rush entrepreneur, an explorer and an artist whose formidable body of work has only recently been brought to the public's attention. Grayson's life work after 1853 was to travel into the western wilderness to paint all the birds in the wild missing from Audubon's Birds of America. Unlike Audubon, he preferred to paint from living birds to capture their natural behavior and habitat. He supplied the Smithsonian with 2,000 bird specimens and images during those years. Courtesy of the California Exhibition Resources Alliance (CERA).

On Saturday, May 7 join us for a fun day exploring birds to celebrate the opening of a fascinating traveling exhibit titled Audubon of the West: Andrew Jackson Grayson. Grayson was the most accomplished bird painter of the mid 1800s. Families can meet birders, look for birds, learn about birds, sound like birds, meet some birds, and make bird crafts to take home. This day really is for the birds.


Admission
Museum Members - Free!
Adults - $8.00
Seniors (60+ years of age) - $7.00
Students (ages 13-17) - $7.00
Students (ages 6-12) - $6.00
Children (ages 3-5) - $5.00
Children under 3 years old are admitted free




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