Second Cranes and Culture Art Series with Photographer, Author Stan Tekiela is May 5

Media contact: Andy Bingle, Interpretive Programs Manager, 608-356-9462 ext. 108

Baraboo, WI – Photographer and Author Stan Tekiela is the featured artist Saturday, May 5, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., for the International Crane Foundation’s Cranes and Culture Art Series.

Tekiela, of Minneapolis, Minn., is well-known for his children’s books, field guides and nature stories. While at the International Crane Foundation, he will lead the program, “Feathers: A beautiful look at a bird’s most unique feature.” This presentation is stunningly illustrated with hundreds of feathers and fun facts delivered with Tekiela’s fun sense of humor and playfulness.

This program is the second in the series of complimentary monthly workshops led by local and regional artists. Each month the International Crane Foundation features a different local artist who will showcase their work – everything from photography to painting and dance. The artists present educational workshops to inspire visitors to express themselves artistically, explore cultural connections and teach participants how art can protect our natural world.

The Cranes and Culture Art Series is free. Visitors also can view the grounds after the artist presentations. The Cranes and Culture Art Series highlights the work of eight gifted artists in the community including:

  June 16 – Illustrator Kim Russell of Spring Green, Wis.

  July 8 – Ho-Chunk Experience – Wasira Native Dance Show of Baraboo, Wis.

  Aug. 11 – Painter Janet Flynn of Reedsburg, Wis.

  Sept. 15 – Graphic Designer Amie Van Susteren of Lone Rock, Wis.

  Oct. 6 – Painter Ellen McGaughey of Wisconsin Dells, Wis.

During the event, artists share a presentation, host a workshop and give a demonstration of their work. They share their creative process, their artistic and cultural inspiration related to cranes and water, and their relationship with the natural world.

After each artist presentation, community members can meet the artists, ask questions and most importantly, make art with the artists. Visitors learn the cultural relevance of the projects and how they relate to cranes and wetland conservation while engaging in hands-on art activities. And, visitors can take their artwork home.

This project is funded in part, by Jodi K. Kingdon and Henry S. Kingdon, M.D., Ph.D. and a grant from Sauk County UW-Extension, Arts & Culture Committee and the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin.

Following Saturday’s free event, visitors are encouraged to explore the International Crane Foundation site, including two tours – the Cranes of the World Tour at 1 p.m. and a Spirit of Africa Tour at 3 p.m.


Plan your visit to the International Crane Foundation
Open daily April 15 to October 31
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
E11376 Shady Lane Road
Located between Baraboo and Wisconsin Dells
For more information please visit savingcranes.org or call 608-356-9462 ext. 121.


The International Crane Foundation works worldwide to conserve cranes
and the ecosystems, watersheds, and flyways on which they depend.