Only Owls

September 13–December 7, 2014—Only Owls features forty two-dimensional artworks from the Woodson Art Museum's collection, providing insights into the fascinating world of owls.

Owls are magnificent creatures with exceptional characteristics. Their distinctive attributes—yellow eyes that enable keen vision used to hunt at dawn and dusk; peculiar facial discs that direct sound to ears on the sides of their heads; unique feather structure that allows nearly silent flight; and more—make them ideal subjects for artistic interpretation.

Only Owls brings together an array of artistic representations of these remarkable raptors in pencil, charcoal, ink, watercolor, and woodcut. All artwork is drawn from the Woodson Art Museum’s collection.

Each artwork provides insight into the fascinating world of owls and demonstrates a variety of stylistic approaches by thirty artists, including Leonard Baskin, Arthur Singer, Don Richard Eckelberry, Tony Angell, and Bart Walter.

Only Owls comes to the Montshire Museum from the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum in Wausau, Wisconsin.


After visiting Only Owls, take some time and explore exhibits from the Museum's permanent collection such as Bird Nests and Eggs and Changing Landscape, Changing Songs, located on the second floor. Outdoors, you can listen to recordings of birds and insects at the Meadow Sounds Kiosk in the Quinn Preserve, and see an owl pellet at the Animal Signs Kiosk located at the beginning of the Blood Brook Trail.