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Child memory sparks Puget Sound Bird Fest poster contest winner


Last updated 7/24/2019 at Noon

Sarah Crumb’s “Black Oystercatchers” is the winner of the 2019 Puget Sound Bird Fest Poster Art Contest.

Sarah Crumb has been named the winner of the 2019 Puget Sound Bird Fest Poster Art Contest with her entry “Black Oystercatchers.”

The piece was selected by a jury from among 12 entries, and will be featured on the promotional poster for the 2019 event, Sept. 13-15 in Edmonds.

The contest is held each spring to select a piece of original art to be used for the festival’s promotional poster. Sponsored by the Edmonds Arts Festival Foundation, the winning artist is awarded a $200 prize.

“Black Oystercatchers” depicts two black oystercatchers, large shorebirds that can sometimes be seen on the rocky jetties in Edmonds. The painting was a jury favorite because it captured the motion and spirit of the habitat that the oystercatchers live in – life on the edge in the dynamic rocky intertidal zone.

It was colorful and eye-catching, and a very powerful image all around, judges said.

Crumb said that the painting was inspired by a childhood experience she had while kayaking with her dad off the west coast of San Juan Island. As they approached a small outcropping of rocks hoping to spot friendly seals, they were instead bombarded by screeching black oystercatchers.

“This memory has stuck with me for years,” she said.

“And when I saw that the theme for the Puget Sound Bird Fest was shorebirds, I instantly knew I had to paint these funny looking creatures. I knew I wanted a bright background, but not one that would distract from the birds. I chose a particularly interesting rock I found on the beach, one covered with algae and barnacles. It made a pretty amazing backdrop for the oystercatchers.”

The theme of each year’s Bird Fest is determined based on the theme of the Friday night keynote presentation. This year, renowned shorebird expert and photographer Tim Boyer present his program “Understanding Shorebirds: The Miracle of Migration.”

Due to limited seating, advanced registration is now required for the presentation. Details can be found on the Puget Sound Bird Fest website at http://www.pugetsoundbirdfest.org.

About Sarah Crumb

Sarah Crumb was born and raised in Seattle, and holds degrees in both the arts and natural sciences.

She has worked for the Burke Museum and the Seattle Art Museum, and has been a long-time art docent in the Northshore School District, and an informal educator at Woodland Park Zoo.

She currently teaches art at Cloud 9 Art School in Bothell, and several of her pieces are held by private collections.

You can learn more about the artist at sarahcrumbart.com.


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