Through Another’s Eyes: Challenge Seeks Artists’ Interpretation of African Bee Eaters

 If you’ve been on an African safari, whether in the primeval rain forest or arid dessert, it’s likely you’ve encountered Bee Eaters. Small, interesting birds with very colorful plumage, chances of spotting them are relatively easy given the 20 species that are common to the continent. If you haven’t ventured into the wilds, you’re in luck! As many as twenty-two artists’ interpretations representing a variety of mediums will be on exhibit in The Hub’s Higginbotham Studio,  April 6-30, 2018.

The exhibit will be the result of a “Through Another’s Eyes” challenge, the brainchild of Hub artist Tad Fyock. A bird carver for 25 years, Fyock can often be seen at The Hub in his studio behind the front desk. “It’s a passion; it’s wonderful,’ said Fyock of his art.


Tad Fyock, Woodcarving
Sculpture of the African Bee Eater by Tad Fyock

 When Fyock sees birds, he not only sees their physical features, he sees their personalities and is interested in how others would communicate that – on glass, on paper, on fabric, etc.

The challenge consists of 22 artists so far who will recreate their interpretation of Fyock’s carving of the very social birds.

“I know what I see and what I do, but what would someone else, who is in an entirely different medium, see?” asked Fyock, who encountered the Bee Eaters while on a Kenyan safari.

“The objective is to try to teach people that everyone sees things differently and that seeing, not looking and moving on, is important.”

Elodie Richard
Through Another’s Eyes by Elodie Richard

On Friday, April 6 from 5-7pm, The Hub on Canal will host a special members night highlighting the exhibition. Join other Hub on Canal members and artists at this first of many quarterly member events, complete with wine, beer, and appetizers. 10% discount on exhibit items.  Event is free to members. Not a member? Click here for more information or to become a member.


Written by Tonya West, Hub volunteer