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September 15–30, 2014

Howard Wheatley Allen
"Bronze Bird Collection"
with select works by Rosemary Allen & Linda Shearin

Howard Wheatley Allen Collection, Pelican
Pelican, 16" long
Howard Wheatley Allen, Robin with a Worm
Robin with a Worm, 8" long

 

The Mendocino Art Center presents the complete, 40-piece “Bronze Bird Collection” of internationally renowned sculptor Howard Wheatley Allen. Allen is a Mendocino Coast artist, whose work is found in the homes and palaces of presidents, emperors and kings.

 

Ray and Donna Worster painting by Olaf Palm

The collection was donated to the Mendocino Art Center by Ray and Donna Worster.

“The Worster’s gift to the Mendocino Art Center is an honor to me and a great opportunity for the Art Center. In my 40 years living here, I have made many friends who’ve supported my art and I am very excited that a permanent collection of my work will reside in Mendocino.”

— Howard Wheatley Allen

Painting of Ray and Donna Worster
by Olaf Palm

 

Allen has achieved international acclaim with his bronze sculptures of birds. His work, chosen for its strength, grace and symbolic content, has found its way into public, private, and corporate collections around the world. Allen’s sculptures have been chosen by leaders of the world to commemorate important events. Presidents Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, and Bill Clinton are among those who have presented Allen's sculptures as gifts to heads of state.

Dignitaries who have received Allen's work are President Karl Carstens of Germany, Mikhail Gorbachev of the former Soviet Union, King Hussein of Jordan, Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin of Israel, Premier Zhao Ziyang of China, and Crown Prince Shaikh Saad of Kuwait, among others.

A California native, Allen was born in San Francisco. His love of birds comes from his early exposure to their natural habitats in the marshes and estuaries of Marin County. He began carving as a young boy and sold his first bird at the age of nine. After graduation from Dartmouth College and serving in the Navy, Allen returned to his art full time. For many years he worked only in wood, but as his international success grew, he began casting his birds in bronze.

The exhibit will be accompanied by select paintings by Rosemary Allen and Linda Shearin.

Read about Howard Wheatley Allen in Mendocino Arts magazine

 

Howard Wheatley Allen, Presidential Heron
Presidential Heron, 12" tall
Howard Wheatley Allen, Presidential Eagle
Presidential Eagle, 15" tall

 

Howard Wheatley Allen, Owl in a Fence Post
Owl in a Fence Post, 7" tall
Howard Wheatley Allen, Falcon
Falcon, 10" tall