LEWISTON — The L/A Arts Gallery, 221 Lisbon St., has announced an exhibition of paintings, drawings and prints by beloved area artist, Dan Cake. The exhibit, Dan Cake: A Tribute to the Artist in the Year of the Bird, will be on view from Dec. 7 through Feb. 24, 2019.

Gallery hours are noon to 4 p.m. Wednesday-Friday and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. The exhibition and gallery presentation are free and the community is invited to attend.

A fixture in the Lewiston-Auburn art community for many years, Cake, who passed away in 2016, was admired for his paintings, drawings, scratchboards and prints of the natural world but also for his kind and generous disposition. This exhibition will focus on Cake’s exquisitely detailed depictions of Maine birds, which have been treasured and collected by so many in Maine and beyond.

In addition to honoring his legacy and dedication to his artwork, the exhibition celebrates the closing month of the Year of the Bird. In 1918, Congress passed the Migratory Bird Treaty Act to protect birds from wanton killing. To observe the centennial, national organizations such as the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, National Geographic, the National Audubon Society and BirdLife International partnered to declare 2018 the Year of the Bird.

The exhibition also celebrates the 100th anniversary of the founding of The Stanton Bird Club, which was founded in Lewiston, in 1919 and named in honor of Dr. Jonathan Y. Stanton, a professor at Bates College. Over the years, a number of parcels of land were donated to the club. These donations have grown to encompass 450 acres, known as the Thorncrag Nature Sanctuary, in the heart of Lewiston. The club also owns and manages the 401-acre Woodbury Bird Sanctuary in Monmouth.

For more information about the exhibit, call L/A Arts at 207-782-7228.

Dan Cake’s artwork will be featured in the L-A Arts exhibit, Dan Cake: A Tribute to the Artist in the Year of the Bird, on view from Dec. 7 to Feb. 24, 2019. (Art by Dan Cake)

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