BIRDS at Furchgott Gallery

Valerie Hird “Hoopee,” 9 x 12”, watercolor, gouache, ink, gold leaf on BFK paper

FS Gallery (Furchgott Sourdiffe) will be exhibiting “BIRD,” a show of work by four accomplished Vermont artists: Don Hanson, Valerie Hird, Beth Robinson, and Adelaide Tyrol. The exhibit opens with a public reception for the artists on Friday, July 13, 6-8 pm and continues
through Aug. 14.

According to the exhibit’s curator Adelaide Tyrol, “All four artists in this exhibition look well beyond the avian bird form and deep into an exploration of how birds are part of our collective psyche.” She notes, “Since the beginning of time – through art, science, mythology, childhood memories, and daily life,-birds have populated our explanations of the world. The desire to imbue birds with supernatural powers is a universal one.”

The artists

Don Hanson is an abstract painter, printmaker and photographer, whose works address a respectful exploration of man’s association with nature. He draws inspiration and images from observing the marks, textures and patinas of natural forms.

Valerie Hird is a Vermonter with creative ties to the people and countries of the Middle East and Central Asia where she has worked and traveled for 25 years. Her work explores cultural mythologies and the roles they play in Eastern and Western societies. Inspired by Farid Attar’s (Persian poet 1177) ‘Concourse of the Birds,’ she has created a new contemporary myth describing the role birds play in an on-going concept of creation.

Beth Robinson, “Harold and Henrietta,” mixed media

Beth Robinson is a self-taught artist who starting making “Strange Dolls” in 2003. While she has dabbled in a variety of mediums, it was the discovery of polymer clay that allowed her to combine her interests in sculpting, painting, and sewing and gave her a concrete
foundation of expression in the form of “Strange Dolls.”

Adelaide Tyrol, “Predator” sumi-e on Yupo

Adelaide Murphy Tyrol lives and works in Vermont and New York City. Her work often explores ideas and intuitions of the natural world and the human enterprise. Her sumi-e pieces on exhibit at Furchgott-Sourdiffe arose from a recent exploration of the art of falconry and the attendant theme of prey and predator.

Furchgott Sourdiffe Gallery is located at 86 Falls Road in Shelburne Village. Hours are Tues.-Fri. 9:30 am-5:30 pm, and Sat 10 am-5 pm. For more information call 985-3848, write:,, or visit the website at

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