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ENDANGERED Art4Apes Fine Art & Photography Contest Announces A Virtual Artist-In-Residence Program

ENDANGERED Art4Apes Fine Art & Photography Contest announces a Virtual Artist-In-Residence Program!  Art4Apes wants to encourage those artists and photographers who are committed to and focused on using their talent to support wildlife and the environment. This program is designed to showcase their work and support their communication with audiences who appreciate their message.  The Virtual Artist in Residence Program is awarded monthly to the artist or photographer who has submitted 3 or more entries to the ENDANGERED Fine Art & Photography Contest 2020 and has been selected by the Curatorial Committee as best interpreting the aims of the Contest. The Rickie Report introduces Deborah Knowlson, the Inaugural Virtual Artist-In-Residence and more details of how to apply. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Meet Deborah Knowlson

Inaugural Virtual Artist in Residence April, 2020

 

 

Deborah Knowlson tells The Rickie Report, “I’m a self-taught watercolor artist. Wildlife and nature are a life-long passion, even if the painting is new. The skills and the subject matter, wildlife and nature, came naturally to me.  I was born in London, England, and now live in Oregon, US. My interests revolve around nature: art, gardening, science, friendships, hobbies, and outdoor activities. But, I am not young.  As the world became more affected by climate change, stresses on nature, and impacts of trafficking animals I became aware that speaking up and expressing concern and hope is something anyone can do regardless of age and situation. I chose to do it through painting. My family and friends are supportive and I am proud and grateful for anything I can do to raise awareness and participate in protecting what I love“.

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“Esake” ©2020 All Rights Reserved by Deborah Knowlson

 

I painted this watercolor to support Lola ya Bonobo, the world’s only sanctuary for bonobos rescued from the illegal wildlife trade.  Esake was rescued on her way to a wildlife market after a bushmeat hunter killed her mother. Here she is, safe at the sanctuary.    For more information https://www.lolayabonobo.org

 

“Baby Shelley” ©2020 All Rights Reserved by Deborah Knowlson

 

A watercolor of “Baby Shelley,” hangs there, a gift from me to the people there. Wildlife rescue teams are vital to conservation and work hard.  The Refuge for Wildlife assists baby howler monkeys who are victims of power lines in Costa Rica for Wildlife, Nosara. http://refugeforwildlife.org

 

 

Photo credit Deb Knowlson. ©2020 All Rights Reserved.

 

“Reaching the Heart,” this watercolor was auctioned at the #BeJane Jane Goodall-Institut, Austria in 2019.  It represents the hope that is found by reaching the heart of people to care about wildlife and nature.  You can see the image of Dr Jane holding (oh my!) Deb’s painting. An extremely meaningful moment for her, as a conservation artist. This photo of Dr Jane hangs on Deb’s wall with the family photos!   https://www.thejanegoodallinstitute.com

Deb’s entries to the ENDANGERED Fine Art & Photography Contest:

I chose the three paintings of Asian elephants to enter into the ENDANGERED Fine Art & Photography Contest 2020 because they are a family group.  The relevance of this in these strange times is that we have all retreated from the world into our own families due to the health situation.  Whether our family is just ourselves, or our immediate family, our focus suddenly changed to what is precious and who matters to us.  Elephants have incredible ability to bond and feel empathy for their family and herd.  In these times we, ourselves, can empathize with this ability and understand that all living creatures are worthy and their family and herd is as important to them as we are to our ourselves.  

 

 

Let’s honor that.

 

 

 

“Strength and Wisdom” ©2020 All Rights Reserved by Deborah Knowlson.

 

 

“Dignity” ©2020 All Rights Reserved by Deborah Knowlson

 

 

“Hope” ©2020 All Rights Reserved by Deborah Knowlson

 

 

 

 

The 8th annual ENDANGERED Fine Art & Photography Contest

Enter Now!

https://www.juriedartservices.com/index.php ?content=event_info&event_id=1661

Entry Deadline:  September 30, 2020.

Details: https://www.Art4Apes.com

Questions? Lindsey@Art4Apes.com

How Can Art Help?

 

Deborah says, “My message to other artists who paint wildlife and nature for awareness of conservation and animal welfare is that we often feel like we are not achieving anything by doing so. Who will see our art? Who will understand our message? Will it make any difference in the vast need for humankind to meet all its needs while caring about wildlife and nature”?

Most days we say, “No, it’s too little and it’s just a drop in the bucket.” Yet, many of us keep dropping in the bucket and keep up our small contribution.

Our ability to capture the spirit of animals and wildlife and attract people’s attention is part of a far bigger picture of individuals who work hard and dedicate their lives and careers to attempting to save species, lands, seas, and skies in a rapidly changing environment with many pressures on nature.

 

Will art make a difference?

 

A person took the time and interpreted something wild or a situation and shared that with others to say, this is relevant, this is important, please look at this. And people do! People like and enjoy various styles and forms of art, there is no right and wrong way to do it.

 

So enter contests; exhibit work, sell and donate pieces, speak up, and keep at it. There is no good that comes from hours of creating that results in a piece sitting in a closet and not shared.

There is nothing to lose. Every little bit helps.

 

 

 

 

“Sweet Rosie”©2020 All Rights Reserved by Deborah Knowlson.

Benefitting Indonesian Parrot Project:  https://indonesian-parrot-project.org

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“Saving the Seas” ©2020 All Rights Reserved by Deborah Knowlson

 

A common native West Coast Canary Rockfish in clean, clear water.  What is in the sea is as threatened by habitat loss as what is on land. 

 

 

 

“Vanishing Triassic”   ©2020 All Rights Reserved by Deborah Knowlson

 

Marine Food Webs: Drifters to Swimmers. Sturgeon, apex predator more endangered than any other group of species.

 

 

“Little Refugee”  ©2020 All Rights Reserved by Deborah Knowlson

 

This little marsupial, the Australian Antechinus, struggles greatly in the increasing fires and heat of Australia due to the climate change and introduced non-native predators.

 

The 8th annual ENDANGERED

Fine Art & Photography Contest

Enter Now!

https://www.juriedartservices.com/index.php?content=event_info&event_id=1661

Entry Deadline:  September 30, 2020

 

Details: https://www.Art4Apes.com

 

QuestionsLindsey@Art4Apes.com

 

 

 

This global, juried, online art contest focuses attention on the plight of endangered/threatened species/habitats. The challenge is to interpret or reflect ENDANGERED through either:

 

• Celebration of the beauty of endangered or threatened species/habitats

• Illustration of the threats facing endangered species/habitats Categories for Entry:

Fine Art (including sculpture, jewelry and wearable art) Fine Art Photography (digital manipulation accepted)

Young Artists (birthdays on or after October 1st, 2001). We will accept individual or class/group entries.)

We are sorry, but we cannot accept video or film entries in the contest.

 

Each entry of a single image must be accompanied by a donation of $25 USD that goes directly to the Center for Great Apes http://www.CenterForGreatApes.org. Young Artists enter one image accompanied by a donation of $5 USD. There is no limit on the number of entries that may be made.

 

Cash prizes totaling $3,250 will be awarded in both Fine Art and Fine Art Photography categories. Cash prizes totaling $500 USD will be awarded in the Young Artists Contest.

 

Prizewinners plus an invited selection of entries of significant merit will be offered places in the ENDANGERED Fine Art & Photography Exhibition in Miami, December 2nd-5th, 2020 during Art Basel Week. Entries will be selected based on the jury panel scores and in the context of a coherent, curated exhibition. Keep checking your Juried Art Services account for updates.

 

 

VIRTUAL ARTIST IN RESIDENCE PROGRAM

 

 

Art4Apes wants to encourage those artists and photographers who are committed to and focused on using their talent to support wildlife and the environment. This program is designed to showcase their work and support their communication with audiences who appreciate their message.

 

 

The Virtual Artist in Residence Program is awarded monthly to the artist (or photographer) who has submitted 3 or more entries to the ENDANGERED Fine Art & Photography Contest 2020 and has been selected by the Curatorial Committee as best interpreting the aims of the Contest.

 

 

The successful Artist will be featured and promoted by Art4Apes for one month and will receive the following opportunities:

• Weekly social media posts featuring your artwork
• You will be featured in our monthly newsletter
• We will design an eflyer for you to send out to clients and contacts • We will set up a dedicated page for you on the Art4Apes website

o You will have the opportunity to craft a personal message about your art and commitment to wildlife and the environment.

o We will include your full bio and artist statement
o We will include a virtual gallery of up to 10 pieces of your work
o We will issue news updates featuring your current work, exhibitions, awards, direction of new work etc.
o We will feature your work in an article in The Rickie Report – South Florida’s most influential online arts report.
o We will offer up to 5 pieces of work for sale on our online website (price to include a 30% donation to the Center for Great Apes.

We regret that we cannot offer this to Young Artists at the moment. Artists can only be featured once a year.

 

 

Enter Now!

https://www.juriedartservices.com/index.php?content=event_info&event_id=1661

Entry Deadline:  September 30, 2020

 

Details: https://www.Art4Apes.com

 

QuestionsLindsey@Art4Apes.com

 

 

 

 

 

Proceeds benefit the Center for Great Apes

https://www.centerforgreatapes.org

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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