Saturday, March 18, 2017

IBOM & StoCoCon's Birdapalooza in the Ames Trib

Thank you, Todd Burras, for such a terrific write-up! And thank you, Jess, for all your hard work on this fantastic project! We hope to see you on April 1 at StoCoCon!

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Catch us at Goldie's Kid's Club, June 7, 1-3 p.m.

We'll be crowd-sourcing poems about the robin at Goldie's Kid's Club, June 7, 1-3 p.m. Goldie's Kid's Club is the NEW State Historical Museum of Iowa club featuring mascot Goldie the goldfinch, as well as Goldie's Flight Path, a passport-like activity for families that involves all of our historic sites and museums. Cool! Their summer break programming is drop-in for families with children of all ages. How fun!

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

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Polyphony Bruna's "Bald Eagles"

"Bald Eagles" by Polyphony Bruno, IBOM's Young Artist
Medium: Watercolor
Dimensions: 7.5 in x 7 in

"To portray January and the idea of a beginning, I decided to paint baby Bald Eagles. For this theme, I chose watercolor as my medium because I could create a softer tone. I also limited myself to one medium in order to add a purity to the piece. This expands upon the 'original' or 'untouched' theme. This is continued with the compositional elements. There is not a parental figure present; instead all the birds shown have the same set of experience and knowledge. They are as yet untested and at the very beginning of their lives. This also maintains the purity of the piece."

Thursday, February 2, 2017

"Bird of Mouth is spreading"

Here's a wonderful write-up about IBOM for the Iowa Arts Council blog. 

"The list of contributors includes writers of all levels, from a National Book Award nominee to preschoolers, from Iowa and beyond. Nobody has to sign their name, so it’s hard to tell who they are, but collectively, they’ve written some 'knockout' stuff every single month, Jennifer said."

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Polyphony Bruna's "American Goldfinch"

Polyphony is a brilliant artist and Ames High School student who is rendering our spotlight birds. Coming soon, the Bald Eagle.
Polyphony's Eastern Screech Owl

Polyphony's American Crow

STATEMENT: When approaching September’s American Goldfinch, I chose to use a small, square fabric swatch as opposed to traditional paper. By confining myself to such a small surface, I was able to emphasize the small stature of this bird. This same goal was furthered by having the bird interacting with the head of a sunflower. By scaling the small bird beside the large flower head, the size of the bird would be put in perspective. Furthermore, the choice of combining acrylic paint and charcoal on top of fabric serves to create a texture that give this piece a folk art style. I decided upon this style because folk art often depicts and values the beauty in the everyday, which is befitting for the more common Goldfinch. September itself can be considered a more “everyday” month, presenting the last calm before the havoc of the winter holidays. In this way, the American Goldfinch is an appropriate representative of September.
Fabric; Acrylic Paint; Charcoal

8.5 in x 8.5 in

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Saving the Iowa Cultural Trust

Iowa Bird of Mouth is supported by the Iowa Arts Council, which provides administrative support to the Iowa Cultural Trust

When I learned about the Iowa Arts Council grant, I knew I wanted to create a home for Iowans' stories about birds. I've never heard people tell stories about birds like they do here. I'm originally from southern California, and when I moved here I was astounded by people's bird stories. Just chatting with a check-out clerk, for example, I'd hear amazing stories about crows, name it!. Stories that were intimate, animated and magic.

"Sure, everyone loves birds," people from elsewhere said.

"Iowa's different," I said.

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