The Rex Brasher Association is an IRS 501 (c) (3) public charity founded in 2008
by descendants of the artist and his friends.
Working with the CT State Museum of Natural History, the RBA seeks to make
high-quality photographs of the paintings available for public exhibit. A selection
of endangered and threatened species of CT has been shown at the Museum in
Storrs, CT. More sets of prints will be made to exhibit in other venues, including
schools, colleges and museums.
Another goal is to have other museums stage exhibits of some of the originals.
From June to August, 2014, the Mattatuck Museum in Waterbury, CT, had an
exhibit, “Haven and Inspiration: The Kent Art Colony,” which featured seven
Brasher originals on loan from the CT State Museum of Natural History.
The Association plans to create a documentary about his life, using interviews
from family and friends and other memorabilia currently in private hands.
Some of the original prints that were not included in the sets of Birds and Trees
of North America have been exhibited in schools and other venues. Besides the
fact that they were hand-colored by the artist, the prints are unique in that they
are accompanied by Rex’s idiosyncratic observations and comments about the
birds. In April, 2014, the Kildonan School in Amenia, NY, used the prints as
inspiration for a month-long study of the environment in connection with Earth
Students in a Mixed Media Art Class at Webutuck Central High School in Amenia, New York, used twenty original hand-colored prints as inspiration for their own exploration of the natural environment in the spring of 2016.
SUMMER EXHIBIT IN KENT, CT
From July 1 to August 30, 2016, the Kent Memorial Library in Kent, CT, will host an exhibit of both the high-quality photographs of the originals first exhibited at the CT State Museum of Natural History, and some of the hand-colored prints done by Rex Brasher. They will be accompanied by some of the text about each bird. There will be a presentation about his life and work by members of the Board of Directors at 4 PM on Saturday, August 20, 2016, with a wine and cheese reception following. There is no charge, and the exhibit may be viewed during regular Library hours.