The five creative birdhouses that will be a permanent fixture at Linn-Benton Community College each tells its own story. This week, students from Linn and Benton county elementary schools got an opportunity to view the individual visions of the 10 local artists and poets whose talents adorn each birdhouse.

Originally, some 25 artists submitted entries the LBCC’s Art & Aesthetics Resource Team for consideration. Among those, the final five were chosen by a committee of community members and AART members. Two students from the LBCC Poetry Club, two English faculty members and an AART member formed the committee that selected the winning poems.

Once each artist completed their birdhouse, poems were selected that best matched their specific piece of art. All of the artists and all of the poets chosen for the project were from Benton County.

The birdhouses which are spaced at specific points around the quad on the LBCC Albany campus include:

  • A hummingbird collage by Rachel Urista, with poetry by JD. Mackenzie
  • A painted raven by Deian Moore, with poetry by Ann Staley
  • A ceramic with a home and pet theme by Alexis Spakoski, with poetry by Ann Lantz
  • A recycled metals piece by Robert Dudenhoefer, with poetry by Linda Gelbrich
  • A watercolor ocean and fish theme by Kerry McFall, with poetry by Marjorie Power

Over 1,000 students from 17 Linn and Benton grade schools will be viewing the birdhouses as an extended part of performances of the LBCC children’s play “Follow Coyote,” written by LBCC student Dari Lawrie, which will run throughout the month.

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