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A Show of Wings | The Avian Portraits of Brian Shul
January 17, 2020 at 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Yuba Sutter Arts “Art Everywhere” program includes eight satellite galleries throughout Yuba-Sutter. We are proud to announce that Brian Shul, bird photographer and retired SR-71 pilot, will display his photographs for the first three months of 2020 in our “Art Everywhere” Gallery at the Brick Coffee House Café in Marysville.
Brian’s “A Show of Wings” photographs display in stunning detail the beauty and the grandeur of the birds around us. He also prints his images in very large formats, life size and even larger, that intensify the encounter with his work.
Early in his career in the Air Force, Brian flew over 200 close air support missions during the Viet Nam conflict and was shot down near the Cambodian border. Miraculously surviving, he was severely burned, but was rescued by a special Forces Team and evacuated to a military hospital in Okinawa. Months of intensive care and fifteen major operations followed during which time he was told he was lucky to be alive and would never fly again. Over a year later, Brian was released from the hospital at Fort Sam Houston in Texas. Two days later, he was back flying Air Force fighter jet aircraft. As a final assignment in his career, Brian volunteered for and was selected to fly the super-secret spy plane, the SR-71.
Brian’s phenomenal comeback story from laying near dead in the jungle of Southeast Asia, to flying the worlds’ fastest, highest flying jet, has been the subject of numerous magazine articles and an inspiration to many. After 20 years and 5,000 hours in fighter jets, Brian retired from the Air Force in 1900. He went on to pursue his writing and photographic interests. In addition to own photo studio in Marysville, he has authored five books on flying for which he did all the writing and photography.
Meet Brian at a special opening reception on Friday, January 17 from 5-7pm at The Brick Coffee House and Café, 316 D Street in historic downtown Marysville. The first display is titled “Winged Raptors” and will be on display through January 31. “Water Birds” will be on display from February 1 through 29 and then “Feathered Flyers” will be on display from March 1 through 27.
Don’t miss a chance to see these incredible images and meet this remarkable artist.
For more information about these and other local arts and culture events, go to yubasutterarts.org or call 742-ARTS.