In honor of the re-opening of the Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum and of the advent of Autumn, local artist Drew Edward Hunter presents An Assemblage of Scarecrows-- an art exhibit celebrating those ragtag, hay-stuffed characters who hang around farmers' fields and protect the produce from hungry crows. Hunter has created a handful of paintings and drawings depicting a wide variety of styles of scarecrows in pencil, pastels, watercolor, pen & ink, acrylic, gouache and mixed media. The styles vary from realistic to surrealistic, from cartoonish to stoic, from whimsical to scary and from bizarre to beyond.
Hunter says, "Once presented with the opportunity of doing an exhibit at the Karpeles, I immediately thought of scarecrows. Why? I have zero idea. But I figured it would be a fun theme to pursue, especially for the Halloween season. Plus it would be a real challenge to develop a brand new assortment of diverse art in one month." Hunter embraced the challenge and has been creating scarecrow art all September in his home studio in Historic Springfield.