“From Raptors to Hummingbirds – and everything in-between”
About the photographer: Butch Beedle
I am a retired J.C. McKenna Middle School educator. Having students learn about the natural world has been a passion. I am on the national board of directors for Save the Rainforest and have taken over 150 Evansville students and adults to the rainforests of Panama. I was also involved in the creation of the School Forest, Nature Center, Energy Fair, and Outdoor Days for our schools.
These photographs are from my recent travels across the country and to Latin American rainforests. There is a story behind each image.
I am married to Cindy, a retired teacher, and have two grown children, Kim and Chris. We are proud grandparents of Maida and Everett.
Birds symbolize Peace, Rebirth, Strength, Grace, Love, Happiness, Freedom and Hope across many cultures. Hopefully, these photographs can stimulate a sense of wonder and curiosity.
Why Photograph Birds?
1. They are abundant and come in unlimited variations of sizes, shapes and colors. There are 10,824 bird species worldwide.
2. It’s outdoors. The walks and connection to nature are healthy and soul gratifying. It gives me an excuse to explore areas I have never been.
3. It’s like a treasure hunt. Birds can be both numerous and rare. You never know what you may see. Even abundant birds have rare coloration on individuals. It’s exciting to see if I can find a bird that is known to exist only in a particular location.
4. It is a great way to practice photography and work on a hoby.
5. You meet interesting people. See photo below.*
6. Do you like making lists. I do. (You are reading one now.) Keeping a life list of birds and trying to add to it has become somewhat of an obsession. I have seen 625 different species of birds in recent years and have a photograph of 488 of them and counting.
*Thank you Deb Arnold for the photo of the “Bird Nerds” we encountered in Panama.
An Artist’s Reception January 26th from 5:00-6:30 p.m. at Creekside Place, 102 Maple Street, Evansville, WI. Butch will be telling the story behind his photographs at 6:30.
About the Andrew Family Art Gallery
Thanks to our dedicated Art Committee, the gallery regularly features the work of local and area artists. From professionals to hobbyists to elementary school children, we’re fortunate to enjoy these inspiring displays all year long. Stop in and browse at your convenience. We think you’ll be impressed!
It is the mission of the Creekside Place Art Committee to raise awareness of art and make art accessible to everyone in the community; to support art in the public schools and the community; to support area artists; and to add value to Creekside Place. To accomplish this, the Art Committee will:
- Display a consistent showing of high-quality, professionally presented contemporary artwork for public viewing
- Provide a venue for area artists to present and sell their work
- Promote area artists and present a variety of media
- Provide social and educational opportunities to meet and learn from artists
- Support Creekside Place through commissions from artwork sold
Interested in featuring your work in our gallery? Our Art Committee would love to meet with you. Contact us for more information.
Previously Featured Artists
Watercolor batiks on rice paper. Batik is a technique of layering wax and watercolors to produce varying shades of color. Lynn uses Ginwashi rice paper, a semi-transparent paper with small fibers running through it. “This paper gives the batiks a wonderful texture and a unique natural look,” Lynn said. “The edges are deckled, which gives the batik a feathery finish.” Visit Lynn’s website: naturesartstudio.weebly.com/.
Jan is an award-winning oil painter known for vibrant landscape paintings en plein air and evocatively detailed studies in still life. Learn more at www.norsetter.com.
Steve’s watercolors capture the fluidity and unpredictability of nature. His style invokes daydreams of horses galloping across the plains to birds massing in the sky.
More of Steve’s work can be seen at www.wagnercolor.com.
A Milwaukee-based artist whose mediums include oil painting, watercolor, sketches, paper collages & illustration.
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Mary Mason Braunschweig
Butch Beedle & Steve Feeney
A Wisconsin native who discovered the joy of drawing as a child on his family farm.
Visit Richard’s blog at Cooksville Farmhouse Inn.