Here in Colonial Beach, we love our ospreys. A small town on the tidal Potomac River, Colonial Beach has over 40 osprey platforms (mostly built of wood, as suggested in the pebble art piece pictured) and many tree nests as well. We have an annual Osprey Festival celebrating their return each spring, and a group of dedicated "osprey nest watchers" who share their observations on the Center for Conservation Biology's website and on social media. Recently, I began preparing to participate with a booth at this year's Festival by starting to make osprey scenes utilizing pebbles, driftwood, and other materials personally collected along the Potomac River shoreline during my daily walks.
This coming week, I will be participating in an event at the Red Dragon, a micro-brewery in Fredericksburg VA. The Red Dragon and a nearby gallery, Canal Quarter Arts, have been collaborating for some time on these themed shows. This month, the theme is "the color of RED." Fortunately, while the piece must have red, the prospectus states, "as little or as much as you want." So, I'm hoping that my red-winged blackbird pebble piece will work!