Commissioner Hart Stebbins' District 3 Art Show, featuring the work of Lisa Wren Walraven, will be on display at One Civic Plaza through May 10.
This show is the 24th in a series of exhibits showcasing the talent and creativity of District 3 artists.
It features a more than 30-piece exhhibit showcasing modern folk art that depicts New Mexico songbirds and landscapes from Galisteo and Tijeras.
“Art plays an important part in our society,” says Commission Chair Maggie Hart Stebbins. “As First Lady Michelle Obama puts it, 'Paintings and poetry, music and fashion design and dialogue, they all define who we are as a people and provide an account of our history for the next generation.' Nowhere is that more true than here in Bernalillo County.”
Lisa Wren Walraven developed her passion for nature and all things wild as a child watching birds come to the feeder her parents hung in the yard at their home in Ohio. Moving to Bisbee, Arizona, and inspired by the stark southwestern landscape and wonderful light of the desert, she began her painting career.
After becoming involved in local bird banding projects and viewing birds up close and in hand, Lisa began creating species specific bird portraits. These bird portraits have evolved over the last 10 years to include decorative elements, natural settings, other animals, plus some whimsy and abstraction. Her media includes encaustic, collage, papier mache, and acrylic paint.
Her work has been shown in galleries in California, Arizona, North & South Carolina and has appeared in publications, such as The Birdwatchers’ Digest and Audubon Society newsletters, as well as brochures and posters for the U.S. Department of Game and Fish. Through her bright, bold, stylized renditions of birds, animals and landscapes, Lisa hopes to convey a sense of joy, happiness, and most of all, an appreciation for the natural world.
“I have had a fascination with birds all my life,” Wren Walraven says. “I feel we have a responsibility to appreciate and protect our natural habitat.”