Norwalk artist Sean Murtha has been named Artist of the Year by the Connecticut Audubon Society. Murtha's work will be included in the Audubon's "Birds and Their Habitat," show and sale Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 28-29.
"As an important part of our `Birds and Their Habitat' art exhibit and sale, we showcase artists who are outstanding in their ability to depict birds in their habitats," said Nelson North, director of Fairfield Operations for the Audubon. "Their art is a source of inspiration to us all.
"Sean is an award-winning master wildlife painter recognized for his expert realism of the birds and landscape of Long Island Sound."
The fourth annual juried artists' exhibition brings together talented artists who specialize in birds and/or the beauty of nature (landscapes, birds and bird habitats). Media includes painting, photography, pottery, printmaking and wood-carving.
Murtha will speak on "The Artist and His Habitat" both days of the exhibit at 11 a.m.
"I'll include my focus on the birds and habitats of the Long Island Sound, with details about my involvement with the Great Gull Island tern colony," he said. " I will touch upon the history of birds as subjects for art, and its relevance today."
"Birds and Their Habitat," will be on display Sept. 28-29 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Connecticut Audubon Society Center at Fairfield, 2325 Burr St. The admission is $5 for both days, and children 10 and younger are free.
Connecticut Audubon Society's naturalists will present live "Birds of Prey" demonstrations during the exhibit and refreshments will be available.
There will be a preview party with cocktails, hors d'oeuvres and silent auction Friday, Sept. 27, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Tickets are $75; To reserve, call 203-259-6305, ext. 109.
For more information, call 203-259-6305, ext. 109, or visit www.ctaudubon.org.