Festival Artist: Julie Zickefoose
We are delighted to announce Julie Zickefoose as our artist for 2017. Her rendition of Red-crowned Parrots flying by the tower of an historic Harlingen landmark captures the essence of the 2017 Festival. Julie is an artist, a writer and a naturalist. She is author and illustrator of Letters from Eden, The Bluebird Effect (Oprah’s Book of the Week in 2012), and Baby Birds: An Artist Looks Into the Nest. Her books are laced with sketches and paintings, showcasing her sense of wonder and deep curiosity. Julie is Contributing Editor to Bird Watcher’s Digest, and has painted 27 of its covers for the magazine. She lives with her family on an 80-acre wildlife sanctuary in Appalachian Ohio. Having been a foster mom to bluebirds, hummingbirds and swifts, this summer Julie added orphaned blue jays to the family.