They often strike fear into the hearts of those who come across them: feathered foes known to attack people’s cars, chase down residents, and linger in the streets.
But the turkeys that inhabit Brookline have also become part of the fabric of the community over the years. And for artist and illustrator Caroline Barnes, their presence around town is inspirational — despite the many complaints people may have.
“You either love them or hate them,” said Barnes, who admits that she falls within the “love” category. “I am one of those people that if I see them, I have to stop and have a chat. People will stop and say hello to dogs, and talk to dogs in a dog voice. I talk to the turkeys in a turkey voice.”
For more than a year, Barnes has been using the turkeys she runs into around town as her muse, creating colorful works of art based on her interactions.