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This photo of an American Bald Eagle by Ed Boos is one of many bird-themed art pieces that will be on display at the Hudson Library in Highlands.The Highlands Plateau Audubon Society and the Hudson Library will present the exhibition, “Avian Perspectives” during the month of August. The event is a bird art exhibit consisting of paintings by John Sill, carvings by Joe Riva, and photography by Ed Boos, all of Macon County.

John Sill has worked as an artist and illustrator since 1971. His art has been exhibited in highly acclaimed shows and appeared in a number of magazines. He has authored several field guides and books including “Beyond Birdwatching“ and the “Massachusetts Birdwatching Atlas.” Sill has been the instructor of the Field Sketching and Bird Illustration Workshop for the Institute of Field Ornithology sponsored by the American Birding Association. He is a member of the Highlands Plateau Audubon Society and the Franklin Bird Club.

Joe Riva has been carving birds since 1990. His carvings have been exhibited in several shows including Bascom Louise Gallery and the North Carolina Audubon Society annual conference. His work has received awards from several competitions and expositions including Piedmont Woodcarvers competition, the Southwest Florida Carvers Expo, and Ward World Wildfowl Competition. Riva has taught classes on carving techniques to a variety of clubs and organizations. He is a member of the Highlands Plateau Audubon Society.

Ed Boos was a freelance sports photographer, photographing both amateur and professional sporting events in the late 1970’s. As a certified graphics arts teacher he taught photography for the School Board of Polk County Florida. He later became interested in wildlife photography and has practiced his skill in a variety of places in the United States, Canada, and Kenya. Boos’s photography has been recognized at the Western Carolina Fotofest and at the Boyd Hill Nature Preserve. He is a member of the Highlands Plateau Audubon and St Petersburg Audubon Societies.

The exhibition will open on Aug. 3 and run through the month of August at the Hudson Library located at 554 Main Street in Highlands. A reception will be held at the library on Aug. 20 at 4 p.m. where the three artists will speak about their work. The public is invited.


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