July 16 – As summer takes hold of southwestern Ontario, the sun, the sand and the birds have taken over the Norfolk Arts Centre as well.

Two new exhibits with a distinct summer theme will soon open at the historic facility.

Love swimming, fishing, birding or just hanging out on the beach?  Then, Shoreline Norfolk is the exhibit for you.  Members of Norfolk’s Artist Workshop have risen to the challenge of producing their own interpretations of the county’s popular Lake Erie shoreline. The works highlight the varied landscapes and activities that make our community so special.

In the upstairs galleries, you’ll find everything from chickens to eagles. London artist Ron Milton’s longtime fascination with birds and flight resulted in So, You Want to Be a Bird? Through his work, Milton explores the different aspects of being a bird, from majestic flight to the fate of becoming someone – or something’s – dinner.

The opening reception for both exhibits will take place on July 20 from 1 – 4 p.m. and will feature a performance by local musician and storyteller Ian Bell.

Also, be sure to check out Bird is the Word featuring the birds of our permanent collection. If you want to learn more about the birds of Norfolk County, come to the Arts Centre on Sept. 28 from 1 – 4 p.m. to hear from Bird Studies Canada staff members Kyle Cameron, Ian Fife and Andrea Gress. Attendees will hear about the amazing work being done at the Long Point Bird Observatory and for Ontario’s forest birds at risk such as the Piping Plover.

For more, visit norfolkartscentre.ca, call 519-428-0540 or visit the Arts Centre from Tuesday to Friday from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. and Saturday from 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.