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- Scottsdale Public Art Presents: Bird Cloud Island by Koryn Woodward Wasson
- 05.11.2017 - 08.26.2017
- Gallery @ The Library, Scottsdale Civic Center - Scottsdale
- Art Events
Follow the birds and beat the summer heat with a visit to the Bird Cloud Island hotel at the Gallery @ The Library, May 11 – August 26, 2017.
This summer, Scottsdale Public Art and artist Koryn Woodward Wasson are transforming the Gallery at Civic Center Library into a luxurious family-friendly resort hotel titled Bird Cloud Island. Once only for birds, Bird Cloud Island is opening its doors to human families so they can get out of the summer heat and enjoy some rest and relaxation alongside their feathered friends.
While exploring the hotel as either a guest or a concierge-in-training, visitors can enjoy the resort’s special bird-friendly amenities like the Neato-Nido Nests, Early’s Diner, the Jewel Pool and the Good-Night Show at the Luna Club. Bird Cloud Island also will host a variety of free, art-making and educational workshops so guests can learn more about their local bird population and how birds and humans rely on each other for survival.
Whether you become an official hotel guest, a “Four Feather Society” member or a visitor to the grounds, all are invited to attend the free, family-friendly workshops created by Wasson, who is also the “hotel manager.”
May 22, 10-11 a.m. – Birdhouse Building Workshop: Recycling books, cans and decoupage, learn to make cute birdhouses for our feathered friends.
June 5, 9-10 a.m. – Birdfeeder Workshop: Using recycled materials and bird seeds, you’ll take on this messy project outside the library early in the day. Bring water and a hat.
July 3, 10-11 a.m. – Patriotic Eagle Feather Crown Workshop: The bald eagle was chosen June 20, 1782, as the emblem of the United States of America. To celebrate our nation’s independence, you will create a majestic bald eagle feather crown in this workshop.
July 15, 10 a.m.-Noon – Bird Puppets Workshop: Join us to make up to three different bird puppets: paper finger puppet, sock puppet and paper cup puppet with local actor, director and puppet maker, Steve Wilcox.
July 27, 4-5 p.m. – Macrame’ Hummingbird Feeders Workshop: Learn how to tie string into macramé for a hanging bird feeder with Amy Guerrerro, local macramé artist and entrepreneur.
August 12, 10-11 a.m. – Bird Cloud Island Masks: Join us on stage in your best bird costume. Create a bird mask with feathers, sequins and fun colors. What kind of bird will you be?
Scottsdale Public Art will host an opening reception celebrating Bird Cloud Island on Thursday, May 11, from 5 – 7:30 p.m. The public is invited to the official ribbon-cutting and an exclusive tour with Wasson. Guests of all ages can get into character by making their own bird mask or hotel concierge cap, and enjoy delicious snacks and refreshments. Additional events include a lecture about artist and designer Harwood Steiger onAugust 16, at 6:30 p.m. at the Civic Center Library Auditorium, and a closing reception. Details about the Bird Cloud Island closing reception will be announced later.
Wasson has a BFA in arts education with an emphasis on printmaking from Arizona State University. In 2014, she worked with her husband, artist Roy Wasson Valle, and to create the Camp Dreamtree exhibition at Scottsdale Public Art’s Gallery @ The Library.
For more information about Bird Cloud Island at the Gallery @ The Library, Scottsdale Civic Center, the opening and closing receptions, and details for the free workshops, visit our website, ScottsdalePublicArt.org.
Gallery @ The LibraryThrough the partnership between Scottsdale Public Art and Scottsdale Civic Center Library, the Gallery @ The Library brings engaging artistic, visual and educational experiences to the public – building community through free, accessible, quality exhibitions. The gallery is also used as a gathering space for informative and participatory events such as artist talks, lectures, and workshops.
Visitor InformationGallery @ The Library, Scottsdale Civic Center 3839 N. Drinkwater Blvd., Scottsdale, AZ 85251 Monday – Thursday: 9 a.m. – 9 p.m., Friday – Saturday: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., Sunday: 1–5 p.m.
Scottsdale Public ArtThe mission of Scottsdale Public Art is to make Scottsdale one of the most desirable communities in the country in which to live, work and visit by incorporating art and design projects throughout. In 1985, the City of Scottsdale established Scottsdale Public Art with the goal to enhance the quality of life for its residents and visitors. Since then more than 70 permanent and temporary public artworks have been commissioned throughout the community. Scottsdale’s program and projects have won local, regional and national awards.Scottsdale ArtsThrough its dynamic partnership with the City of Scottsdale, the nonprofit Scottsdale Arts (formerly known as Scottsdale Cultural Council) creates diverse, inspired arts experiences and educational and outreach opportunities for the community, while fostering the active engagement of individuals, businesses, education and government with the arts. Since its founding in 1987, Scottsdale Arts has grown into a regionally and nationally significant, multi-disciplinary arts organization offering an exceptional variety of programs through three acclaimed operating divisions – Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (SMoCA) and Scottsdale Public Art – serving more than 375,000 participants annually.