Review of "For The Birds"


Our first popup art show, “For the Birds,” attracted 62 artists who entered more than 125 works of art featuring birds. It was a wonderful show, and despite highly unseasonable heat and humidity, a great time was had by all who attended. Do this again,” was the message we heard from our artists.


A big thank you to our sponsor, Norcross Wildlife Sanctuary.


We also give special thanks to Juror, Jackie Griswold, a Palmer artist, who volunteered to select our prize winners. Jackie added greatly to our show with her enthusiasm, superb decision making abilities and excellent artistic aesthetic. The following artists were recognized with ribbons and Honorable Mention cards.


First Prize – Peter Maybury – Heron

Second Prize – Rochelle Shicoff – “Except for Blue” – Mixed Media

Third Prize – Anna Ozolins – Great Blue Heron – Oil

Judges’ Choice - Harriet Winograd, “Bird Woman I, Mixed Media.

People’s Choice – Dawn Sullivan – Loon Shadow – Quilt


Honorable Mentions:

Marcia Beal , “Rooster,” watercolor  

Judy Conti, “Birds of Paradise,”Acrylic Marker 

Monica de Haan, “Cardinal”, Dutch Paper Folding David Dupuis, “Brainy Bird ‘Now Extinct’”, Mixed Media

Sue James, “Selfies,” Oil 

Bruce Murphy, “You Looking at Me?”, Photo 

Gay Paluch, “Simplicity,” Poem Drawing, & with Michael Benfield, “Toward an Ending, and Photo/Poem • Mary Ann Paterson, “A Very Blue Bird,” Oil 

Sylvia Pyzocha, “Baby Birds,” Photo 

Richard Solomon, “Pelican Congress,” Photo

Linda Spelko, “Bird on a Hot Clay Roof,”Ceramic 

Mary Jean Tash, “Hummingbird,”Photo


Plans are in the works for another popup weekend show next year.

Juror Jackie Griswold poses with First Prize Winner Metal Sculpture entitled "Heron" by Peter Maybury of Monson

Show co-coordinator David Dupuis congratulates Rochelle Shicoff, who won 2nd Prize for her collage "Except for Blue". 

Visitors admired Peter Maybury's sculpture!

Art Show Committee Mission Statement

The goal of the Art Show Committee is to provide a venue in the Town of Monson for artists, from throughout New England and beyond, who produce quality art in a variety of media, to exhibit and sell their work to a regional audience. The Committee will seek to engage the residents and businesses of Monson in its work to enhance the sense of community pride and foster a greater appreciation of the visual arts. By doing so, the Monson Arts Council will increasingly become recognized as a catalyst for the arts in the region. Unanimously approved 8/3/09