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“Fly the Coop!” art event


“Chickita” by Karin Heavener, currently on display at Simply Cheesecake by Jeff in Port Jervis, NY. Photo contributed.

BARRYVILLE/SHOHOLA: “Fly the Coop!” is a community art event designed to connect businesses, consumers, non-profits, art lovers and artists September 7.


Dirlam Brothers Lumber donated the plywood; local carpenters Kurt Boogertman and Michael Gruodis cut the plywood into hen and rooster shapes; and, David Bauer cut wood for the bases.


Local artists have decorated the creatures and local businesses have agreed to display them. “Local businesses were so supportive,” says Eija, project coordinator. “We thank them for their support, and hope our creations resulted in new business for them.”


You can see more than 40 original creations like “Hippie Chick,” “Bling, Bling, Chicken Wing,” “Russell Crow,” “Yasgur’s Alarm Clock” and “Decoupoultry” in businesses all across the River Valley, including Barryville Bottle, Carriage House, Il Castello, McKean Real Estate, River Market, Stickett Inn (all in Barryville, NY); Apple Valley Restaurant, Artisan Exchange, Carini Cucina, Holy Crepes, Milford Craft Show, Naked Bagel, Pike County Outfitters, and Spoonful Soups & Eats (all in Milford, PA); Amici Ristorante Italiano and Tusten Cup (both in Narrowsburg, NY), Simply Cheesecake in Port Jervis; and Artists’ Market Community Center, Dirlam Brothers Lumber, Midtown Convenience Store, Shohola Village Barber Shop, and Wayne Bank (all in Shohola, PA).


The decorative birds can tolerate the great outdoors, so many of last years’ creations can still be seen adorning gardens and porches. All of this year’s roosters and hens are coming home to roost at a September 7 auction starting at 3:30 PM at the Artists’ Market Community Center, 114 Richardson Avenue, Shohola, PA.


Original creations are on display at locations all across the River Valley and an exhibit on the history of local poultry farming will be on display at the event.


“Bling, Bling, Chicken Wing” by Mef Gannon, currently on display at Tre Amici Ristorante Italiano in Narrowsburg, NY. Photo contributed.

Pictures of all the chickens are online, on Barryville Area Arts Association’s Facebook “Fly the Coop! 2019” photo album page, where you can also place a bid on any bird that strikes your fancy. All proceeds go toward the BAAA’s mission of building community through art. For more information visit http://www.barryvilleareaarts.org/OurCurrentProjects.html

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