Friday, January 12, Union League Club
“Audubon: Under The Feathers”
“Did you say this guy is famous for two pictures of elephants?”
“No. I said that his reputation was made on the Double Elephant Folio.”
His names graces a Society that is dedicated to protecting the birds that skim the skies and paddle in the ponds. His works are eagerly sought by collectors.
He’s John James Audubon and he was as American as apple pie. Except he wasn’t. From whence did he spring and how did he become one of our most famous artists and ornithological experts? And say again, just what did he have for supper?
We’ll learn all of that and more as Caxtonian Steve Tomashefsky reveals Audubon’s hidden history and shares some of his own collecting adventures. It’s not surprising that Steve gravitated to Audubon, who was the first to put bands on birds, as he started his own career helping to put bands on record labels. After graduating from the U of C Law School, he’s won over stone-faced juries and hard-nosed judges, but at January’s luncheon, he’ll be making the case for collecting, for a crackling good story, and for JJ Audubon!
January luncheon: Union League Club, 65 W. Jackson Boulevard. Luncheon buffet (main dining room on six) opens at 11:30 am; program (in a different room, to be announced) 12:30-1:30. Luncheon is $35. Reservations or cancellations by noon Wednesday for Friday lunch. Call 312 255 3710 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Members may also register and pay in advance at this site (thecaxtonclub.onefireplace.com). (No online cancellations).