Gallery of the Month: December

Welcome to the newest gallery in JAC’s Gallery of the Month series, where we showcase a wide range of art and writing under unique monthly themes. Check back on the first of each month for a new collection of works by the talented artists in the JAC network. To view past galleries of the month, see our Gallery Archive

“Every bird is uniquely breathtaking and symbolizes certain aspects of our lives, nature, and the unknown world.”

– Mercy Mbuthia 

As we begin to migrate into the new year, we wanted to highlight work by artists within our network that reflect common themes of movement and freedom despite the confines of land, territorial and physical boundaries.   

For many, birds represent this freedom, and their creation, an illustration of the way in which one’s spirit, voice, and heart’s expression can never truly be confined. From sketches to oil paintings, you will find that as you view this gallery, there is a diverse array of this expression and of what it means to be free. 


‘Hope’ is the thing with feathers –
That perches in the soul –
And sings the tune without the words –
And never stops — at all –

– Emily Dickinson

Although the end of a year is coming, we look to find hope in the subsequent one. 

To view more nature-related art, check out one of our previously curated galleries: Nature/Wildlife

We hope you enjoy this month’s gallery: Birds of Freedom