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Artist Reception at Collective: Jim Maas, Bird Carver PDF Print E-mail
Artist Reception at Collective: Jim Maas, Bird Carver
June 13, 2017
The Vermont Institute of Natural Science (VINS) is proud to partner with Collective ~ the Art of Craft in Woodstock, VT to introduce the artwork of Jim Maas. Collective will hold a reception on Thursday, June 22, from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm, featuring his work and will be launching more of his pieces through September.
A retired Orthopedic Surgeon, Dr. Maas creates bird carvings from his favorite wood, tupelo, a soft wood native to Tupelo, Mississippi. The bases are made from basswood, walnut, manzanita, lilac, or cherry. Underscoring his ability to create avian habitat, he handcrafts all branches, leaves, flowers, rocks, and other elements of settings. Following an elaborate process of refinement to create details, such as feather patterns, Dr. Maas then begins painting with oils and/or acrylics. This is a painstaking procedure that requires multiple layers using either an air brush or individual brush strokes.
Dr. Maas's practiced surgeon's capability for fine hand-eye coordination is vital to capturing the realism of the bird he is carving. His awareness for the beauty of the natural world of birds has helped him create many award-winning carvings.
Five percent of Dr. Maas's work that is sold during the reception will go to VINS. Following the reception, five percent of the artist's work sold to VINS' members will go to VINS.
For more information about Dr. Maas's work, visit www.birdsinwood.com.
For information about VINS and the variety of exhibits, programs, and environmental education opportunities offered, please visit our website at vinsweb.org or call 802.359.5000. Stay connected with VINS through our nature blog at vtnature.blogspot.com and our Facebook page.
The Nature Center at the Vermont Institute of Natural Science has been awarded the Trip Advisor 2014 Certificate of Excellence and was voted Best Nature Experience in Yankee Magazine's Editor's Choice Best of New England 2017.
The Vermont Institute of Natural Science (VINS) is a nonprofit, member-supported, environmental education, avian rehabilitation, and research organization headquartered at the VINS Nature Center in Quechee, Vermont. VINS' mission is to motivate individuals and communities to care for the environment through education, research, and avian wildlife rehabilitation. Open year-round, the 47-acre campus, adjacent to Quechee Gorge, features state-of-the-art raptor enclosures, exhibit spaces, interpretive nature trails, onsite educational programs and the Center for Wild Bird Rehabilitation. Through the Center for Environmental Education, VINS provides high-quality, relevant, hands-on inquiry science and place-based learning opportunities for students and teachers throughout the region.
 
 
 
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