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'Animalia' exhibit on display at the Averitt through June 30

What do you get when you cross a golden pheasant, an emu, a chicken and a rabbit?

Come to the Main Gallery at the Averitt Center for the Arts and find out.

Enrique de Molina and Troy Abbott collaborated on the newest art exhibition “Animalia.” The exhibit, which will be on display through June 30, imagines new animals by taking aspects of known animals and “collaging” them into a new “beast.”

The public is invited to the opening reception May 2 at 5:30 p.m. for the final exhibit of the season. The Main Gallery sponsors for the 2018-19 season have been Drs. Patrick and Theresa Novotny, Dr. Richard and Penny Marz, Edward Rushton and Kris Yeager-Rushton, Burney Marsh and John Tucker, Francys and Dr. Meca Johnson, Laura and Patrick Wheaton, Larry Leach and Sheila Stewart, Vaden Nissan Rentals.

“Animalia,” which is on loan from the Bernice Steinbaum Gallery in Miami, Florida, has its creations presented in the format of a trophy. With the list of endangered species growing with each passing year, the artists created these trophies as beautiful substitutes in the hopes of dissuading hunters from killing and mounting jungle and forest creatures. de Molina and Abbott also personified these mythical animals dancing, gesturing and indulging in human pastimes, thus further drawing the line closer between people and animals.