Keith Hansen: Birds of the Sierra Nevada -
Creepers and Nuthatches, 2007, graphite and watercolor on paper, 16 3/4 x 10 inches

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Keith Hansen: Birds of the Sierra Nevada

June 29 - August 25, 2013


Bolinas artist Keith Hansen’s studio and gallery has been located in the Bolinas Museum building for the past twenty-two years. For over a decade visitors and friends have watched with admiration as Hansen created 1,400 meticulously detailed portraits of individual birds in graphite, watercolor, and color pencil. Now the Museum is honored to present this long-anticipated exhibition of selections from his 70 plates of illustrations that are the culmination of his fifteen-year project. These illustrations represent 320 bird species found in the Sierra Nevada mountain range. Hansen explains, “For any single state, California boasts the largest number of bird species recorded. The majority can be found in the mountain of the Sierra Nevada Range.” Selections from these illustrations are featured in the recently released book Birds of the Sierra by authors Edward Pandolfino and Edward Beedy.