Spirit Room hosts reception for Great Winter Crow Show Saturday

When it comes to birds, there’s one species in particular that has both positive and negative associations: the crow.

Their striking appearance, piercing squawks and looming presence invoke a common perception of the bird as a symbol of bad luck, or even death.

But crows can also symbolize tenacity and toughness (they are, after all, one of the few bird species that stick around in the winter).

To celebrate this intriguing creature, the Spirit Room in downtown Fargo has hosted an invitational exhibit called The Great Winter Crow Show every other year since 2004.

“The crows and ravens keep us company in the wintertime and continue to remind us with their squawks and pacing that they keep a close eye on our behaviors and movements,” says the Spirit Room website.

“A Long December” by Kevin Boerner. Photo courtesy of Spirit Room.

This year, the exhibit features pieces by 77 regional artists exploring their personal interpretations of the crow in their work.

“We are always amazed that there is continued enthusiasm for the Crow Show,” says Spirit Room Executive Director, Dawn Morgan. “I believe that one reason remains: it is fun.”

“Blackbird Pie” by Sue Morrissey. Photo courtesy of Spirit Room.

The public is invited to attend the Great Winter Crow Show reception at 5 p.m. this Saturday. Special programming will take place at 5:30 p.m. followed by artist talks at 6 p.m. Food and beverages will be provided.

The Great Winter Crow Show is on display at the Spirit Room (111 Broadway) until April 27. Gallery hours are 1-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday. For more information on the exhibit or the Spirit Room, visit spiritroom.net.

“Three’s a Crowd” by Donna Chalimonczyk. Photo courtesy of Spirit Room.

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