Year of the Bird: Sculptures and Prose

October 20, 2022 (Thursday) 7:00-9:00pm


Boston Nature Center and Wildlife Sanctuary, Mattapan






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Daniel Hudon, originally from Canada, teaches physics, astronomy and math at the college level in Boston, Mass., where he also lives. He is the author of "Brief Eulogies for Lost Animals: An Extinction Reader," named a Must Read in the 2019 Massachusetts Book Awards. He has recent essays in The Smart Set, The Revelator, Hidden Compass and Appalachia Journal and can be found at

Gail Boyajian worked as an architect before turning to painting in the 1990s. She has taught architecture at MIT and Philips Academy in Andover, MA. She is a recipient of grants and awards from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, the Bogliasco Foundation, the Artist Resource Trust of the Berkshire Taconic Foundation, and others, and has exhibited in both galleries and museums. Her work is included in the permanent collections of the Addison Museum of American Art, Andover, MA; the Duxbury Art Complex Museum, Duxbury, MA; the Fitchburg Museum of Art, Fitchburg, MA; and the New Britain Museum of American Art, New Britain, CT, as well as such corporate collections of Fidelity Investments and Wellington Management.

The project 'Looking for the Ark' grew out of a painting project but addressed the problem of extinction with life-sized papier mache models of extinct birds. This installation has been exhibited at the Fairbanks Museum (a natural history museum in St. Johnsbury VT) as well as other venues in Vermont but this is the first time they will be exhibited in Massachusetts. The workshop on Nov. 6 will be a demonstration of paper mache techniques used for this project and an opportunity for participants to contribute to the installation by choosing an extinct bird not already in the exhibition and making it over the winter. More information will be available at the workshop.

Thursday, October 20: 7-9pm

Join Gail and Daniel for an evening of readings, sculptures, and videos. They will discuss inspirations and processes for their works, Gail will provide a brief overview of her sculpture project, and Daniel will read an excerpt from "Brief Eulogies for Lost Animals: An Extinction Reader." The evening will conclude with a Q&A session.

Sunday, November 6: 12-4pm

Gail will lead an introduction to papier mache through creating sculptures of more extinct birds. The process will start during this session, with your projects being finished at home. Daniel and Gail will finish the session with a reading and a Q&A session.

PLEASE NOTE: This program will be conducted in accordance with current Municipal, State, and Mass Audubon Covid-19 protocols.

Registration is required.

Meeting Place:

Boston Nature Center and Wildlife Sanctuary
500 Walk Hill Street
Mattapan, MA 02126
Email [email protected] for more information.