For the Birds

June 27 - August 2, 2015

For the Birds is an open media, national juried exhibition featuring 62 works by 55 artists. The work in this exhibition utilizes birds as both primary subject matter and muse for expression and creation.

Award Winners
Through the generous donation of our supporters View is able to offer over $3,400 in awards and prizes.

For the Birds Grand Prize Award: $1500
Susan Weintraub “Feeding the Gulls”

For the Birds Joan and Bill O’Shea Award: $1000
Kim Zarney, "Raven"

For the Birds Exhibition Award: $500
Bob Ripley, "Refection-On Angels Wings, Now"

Judge’s Choice (Melissa Groo): $250
Clare Mann, "Bird's Eye View #1"

Judge’s Choice (David Kiehm): $250
Susan Luther Kiesel, "Lone Gull"

Honorable Mention
Tom Yacovella, "Two to Go"
Doug Jamieson “Peregrine”

Exhibiting Artists 

Sue deLearie Adair Schenectady, NY 
Howard Arndt Amherst, NH
Sarah Banker Schuyler Falls, NY 
Lawrence Barone Sackets Harbor, NY
Alyce Bender  Sumter, SC
Donna Chambers Elmsford, NY
Allen Cretney Brockport, NY
Martha M. Deming Remsen, NY
Linda Di Sante  Burlington, VT
Jessie Dockins Glencoe, MO 
Claire Ellsworth Ames Watertown, NY
Edwin Falk Lyons Falls, NY
Renee Fleuranges-Valdes Mount Vernon, NY
Douglas Gillette Enfield, CT
Michele Girard Lincoln, RI
Shawn L. Halperin Lake Clear, NY
Steve Hamlin Huntington, MA
Doug Hiser Dickinson, TX
Matthew Horner Keene, NY
Donna Howard Woburn, MA
Robert Imundo Old Forge, NY
Valentin Iuliano Charlotte, NC
Doug Jamieson Treadwell, NY
Pamela Underhill Karaz Remsen, NY
Susan Kiesel Sauquoit, NY
Denise Leavitt Schuyler Falls, NY
Merrell Leavitt Schuyler Falls, NY
Marilyn LeMay Patterson Reistertown, MD
Fiona Lovelock Tucson, AZ 
Clare Mann  Rochester, NY
Lois Manno Juneau, AK
Elizabeth O’Brien Queensbury, NY
Jaqueline O’Brien Whitesboro, NY
Lee Okeefe Malibu, CA 
Walt Padgett Grants Pass, OR
Louise Parms Bronx, NY
Ayanna Proctor  White Plains, MD
Nancy Ridenour Ithaca, NY
Susan Bull Riley Montpelier, NY
Bob Ripley Marietta, NY
Jason Ruoff Lansing, NY
Ruth Sharp Tucson, AZ 
Laura Sherman Sunriver, OR
Allyson Shoun Meriden, WY
Carolyn Spiegel Scarsdale, NY 
Cherilyn Sunridge Oregon City, OR
Ezra Tucker  Monument, CO
L Wren Walraven      Hereford, AZ
Susan Weintraub Brooklyn, NY 
Emily White Philadelphia, PA
Tom Yacovella Utica, NY 
Sheryl Yeager Pittsburgh, PA
Kim Zarney Cleveland, OH
Floy Zittin Cupertino, CA


Melissa Groo


Melissa Groo is a wildlife photographer living in upstate New York. Her passion for wildlife, conservation, and ethical photography drives her to tell stories and educate people about the marvels of the natural world through her images. She finds herself at the intersection of photography as fine art with the power of images to convey feeling and instruction, and considers herself a “wildlife biographer” as much as a wildlife photographer.

Melissa worked for years at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, on elephant communication in their Bioacoustics Research Program. She was a research assistant for scientist Katy Payne on The Elephant Listening Project, and spent field seasons in the rainforest of central Africa studying forest elephants in the wild, where she learned well to listen deeply and watch closely. She remains committed to elephant research and conservation, and works part-time for the African elephant conservation organization, Save the Elephants.

Melissa’s photographs have been published in numerous books and magazines, including Smithsonian Magazine, Birdwatching Magazine, Living Bird, Montana Outdoors, National Wildlife magazine, New York State Conservationist Magazine and Audubon magazine. She is a member of NANPA’s Ethics Committee, and has a bimonthly column on wildlife photography tips and techniques in Wild Planet magazine. Melissa has received awards and honorable mentions in national and international photography competitions, including NANPA (North American Nature Photography Association), Nature’s Best, Festival de L’Oiseau, Birds of Art, the HBW World Bird Photo Contest, and Nature Photographer Magazine. She shows regularly and her prints are in personal collections all over the world.

David Kiehm 


David Kiehm has worked for years as a wildlife artist, and has been the recipient of numerous awards including the 2013 BBC Wildlife Artist of the Year Award. His work has been published in Sports Afield and Field and Stream.

Underwriters and Supporters

For the Birds was made possible by the generous donation of our underwriters and supporters:

  • Anonymous
  • Margo and Jack Boylan
  • Linda Cohen
  • Sarah Cohen
  • Elizabeth Dugan
  • Annie Ferris and Tom Starr
  • Robert and Margaret Huskins
  • Gary and Karen Lee
  • Mark Hannah Contracting
  • Carol and Deke Morrison
  • Richard and Claire Oehler
  • Peggy and Brian O’Shea (in memory of Joan and Bill O’Shea)
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