Festival of the Cranes 2019

Decatur Daily's Article- Taking Flight: Festival of Cranes at Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge

Douglas Pierre Baulos

11/27/18-1/13/19 at Carnegie Visual Arts Center

An ecological installation by Birmingham artist, Doug Baulos. Inspired by his time spent at the Wheeler Wildlife Refuge, Japanese Inari Shrines and the Ikan Crane Center, Doug has collaborated with Alabama art students, including Decatur High and Priceville Elementary, and artist, Jerry Slayton to include crane puppets and digital art.


Douglas Pierre Baulos received his MFA from the University of New Orleans and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He regularly teaches workshops and lectures on his research in book arts, drawing and visual ecology. In 2009, Baulos won the President’s Award For Excellence In Teaching at UAB. He currently is the Assistant Professor of Drawing at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and the curriculum director at Studio by the Tracks, an art center that provide free art classes to emotionally conflicted children and adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder or other mental illnesses. His drawings, installations, and books have been exhibited/published both nationally and internationally. His current works are explorations (visual) and meditations (poetry) centering on his ideas of spirituality, love, death, shelter, and hope.

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Rhett Turner

Thursday, 1/10/19, 6:00 pm at Alabama Center for the Arts

Rhett Turner launched Red Sky Production in 1999 with the release of the environmental documentary, “Pollinators in Peril” hosted by Peter Fonda. Since then the Red Sky team has traveled the globe to produce videos for a myriad of respected clients including CNN, CARE, The Carter Center, The High Museum of Art, Peregrine Adventures, and The International Crane Foundation.  


At five feet tall, and with a wingspan of over seven feet the whooping crane has the distinction of being North America's tallest bird and sadly, one of its rarest.  Don't miss this special opportunity to view this documentary screening by Mr. Turner and producer/writer Greg Pope.


John Paul White 

Friday, 1/11/19, 7:00 pm at the Princess Theater

One half of the four time Grammy-winning duo The Civil Wars, White’s collaborations include contributions to recordings by Rodney Crowell, Hiss Golden Messenger, Rosanne Cash, Jason Isbell, Candi Staton and Emmylou Harris.  John Paul has recently released his first album in nearly a decade which he solely wrote and performs on his current solo acoustic tour.  White is also a partner in Single Lock Records, an independent record label based in Florence, Alabama.



Saturday, 1/12/19, 6:00 pm at Princess Theater

Unifying the concepts of dance, kite, and puppet movement "Celebration of Flight" was awarded Best Show at the 21st UNIMA Congress & World Puppetry Festival in Chengdu, China.  The show features puppets, kites, and flags both from independent artists as well as the Jim Henson Creature Shop and GuildWorks.

Heather Henson is a committed conservationist and Board Member for the International Crane Foundation.  Her love for both the science and spirituality of our earth has led her to explore the life of the endangered whooping crane and its environment in "Celebration of Flight".  The show artfully weaves together the elements, plants, and creatures in this microcosm of our biosphere as a way to illustrate the interdependence of all life on earth.  Interactive components pull the audience directly into the show, nurturing connections where few words are used but much is shared.

Ibex Orlando is a team of professional artists and educators committed to celebrating-promoting the natural world through performance.  Our team combines directors, choreographers, designers, puppeteers, dancers, and visual artists to create, maintain, and manage national/international touring performances (environmental spectacles) and educational workshops that break language barriers and appeal to audiences of all ages.   

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