The Friends of the Pioneers Park Nature Center are seeking applicants for the first Artistic Birdhouse fund-raising project. The deadline for submitting designs is November 15, and 30 applicants will be chosen to create birdhouses for an auction at Nature's Market April 16, 2011. Proceeds will support the Nature Center's scholarship programs and animal care.
Nature Center Coordinator Nancy Furman said the Artistic Birdhouse Project replaces the successful Artistic Rain Barrel Project and auction sponsored by the Friends group the past two years. "Like the rain barrels, these birdhouses will be great for people to display in their backyards," she said.
Applicants will be asked to create a birdhouse that does not have to be functional, but can be whimsical, architectural and creative. The birdhouses can be built of any material, but environmental concepts are encouraged, and the total area can be no larger than four square feet. Photos of all 30 birdhouses will be displayed at lincoln.ne.gov and in all Nature's Market promotion. The birdhouses also will be displayed throughout the community March 5 through 31 and then brought together April 1 at the Grand Manse Gallery as part of the First Friday Art Walk. After the auction, the top three sellers will be featured in a Lincoln Journal Star advertisement.
"The competition is open to all ages, individuals and groups," said Katie Graf, Nature's Market auction coordinator. "We think this can be a good competition between architects, welders or hobbyists. "Plus, Lincoln has a great community of artists who always reach new levels of beauty and creativity." Birdhouses become the property of the Pioneers Park Nature Center.
Applications are available on the Parks and Recreation website, parks.lincoln.ne.gov; at the Parks and Recreation office, 2740 "A" St.; and at the Pioneers Park Nature Center, 3201 S. Coddington. More information is available on the website and by calling 441-8709.