The For the Birds exhibit opens at The Depot in Beverly Shores


BEVERLY SHORES – The “For the Birds” exhibition opens with a reception on July 8 from 5-7 p.m. CDT and runs through August 7 at The Depot Art Museum and Art Gallery, 525 S. Broadway.

A solo show by Michigan City resident Laurel Izard, For the Birds, includes quilts and oil paintings on cardstock depicting endangered birds.

Izard uses vintage quilt tops because she finds the vintage fabrics and patterns in them endlessly diverse and beautiful. On an emotional level, she appreciates the abandoned nature of these quilts, and quilts make her think symbolically of mothers, grandmothers, home, safety and protection.

Another aspect of these old quilts that she reflects on is that 50 or 60 years ago, when these women sewed them, the animals were not endangered.

She and her husband, Edwin Shelton, owned their own ceramics shop, which sold quirky tableware to galleries, boutiques, and department stores across the country. She also taught art in high school.

She currently works part-time as the Education Coordinator at the Lubeznik Center for the Arts in Michigan City and creates art full-time.

The opening hours are Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Admission is free.

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