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Culture notes: Photos of bird nests in exhibit at Buckhead preserve; Museum of Design celebrates birthday March 25

VISUAL ARTS
Buckhead nature preserve hosts photo exhibit

The Blue Heron Nature Preserve, a 25-acre wilderness area off of busy Roswell Road north of the heart of Buckhead, opens a photography exhibit on Thursday in its gallery that should help put it on the map of more metro Atlantans.

Sharon Beals of San Francisco spent three years photographing archived bird nests in natural history and zoological museums in California — pictures included in her 2011 book “Nests: Fifty Nests and the Birds that Built Them” (Chronicle Books, $29.95).

“Bird nests, even without knowing which birds constructed them, seem hardly possible,” Beals writes. “Creations of spider’s web, caterpillar cocoon, plant down, mud, found modern objects, human and animal hair, mosses, lichen, feathers and down, sticks and twigs — all are woven with beak and claw into a bird’s best effort to protect their next generation.”

She will be at Blue Heron for the 6 p.m. opening and give a 7 p.m. talk, presented by the preserve and the Atlanta Audubon Society, with food and shade-grown coffee at the free reception. To preview Beals’ images, visit www.sharonbeals.com.

Open since 2000, the trails and greenspace of the preserve along Nancy Creek are open to the public for free during daylight hours. In its second year, the Blue Heron Gallery is open during public events and by appointment. 4055 Roswell Road, Atlanta. 404-345-1008, www.bhnp.org.

Designing a birthday
It’s been a year in fast-motion for the Museum of Design Atlanta, which has presented exhibits ranging from Italian motorcycles to bathroom fixtures to international AIDS awareness posters in its handsomely renovated Midtown space. MODA celebrates its first birthday in its home across Peachtree Street from the High Museum of Art from 1 to 4 p.m. March 25, with cake and entertainment by the Imperial OPA Circus.

Guests also may view the exhibition “Stories in Form: Chair Design by the Portfolio Center.” On view through June 3, the chairs were created as part of the Bennett Street graduate school’s course “Modernism: History, Criticism and Theory,” which explores design history as a catalyst for new design ideas that incorporate the students’ personal experience.

Admission: $10; 65 and over, military and educators, $8; students with ID, $5. 1315 Peachtree St., Atlanta. 404-979-6455, www.museumofdesign.org.

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