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ENDANGERED: Art4Apes Deadline Is October 7. Join Us To Celebrate Douglas Aja Artist-In-Residence’s Sculptures

ENDANGERED Art4Apes Fine Art & Photography Contest encourages those artists and photographers who are committed to and focused on using their talent to support wildlife and the environment. DEADLINE TO ENTER IS OCTOBER 7th. Artists and Photographers ages 9 and up can apply to this exhibition. 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. The Rickie Report introduces Douglas Aja, our Virtual Artist-In-Residence and more details of how to apply! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ENDANGERED Fine Art & Photography Contest

 

 

 

Contest deadline OCTOBER 7th

 

Entry details and Virtual Artist in Residence information below  

 

MEET:  

 

 

 DOUGLAS  AJA

 

 

VIRTUAL ARTIST in RESIDENCE 

 

Applying Patina © 2020 Douglas Aja.All Rights Reserved.

Douglas Aja:

Sculptor of African Wildlife, Photographer, Adventurer and Animal Philanthropist

 

Check out this video of Doug’s inspiring work: 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H5B20c1mdNU

To see more visit:

https://gallery.artistsforconservation.org/artists/1238

 

 

Douglas Aja has been sculpting African wildlife in bronze since the late 1990s.  Though he sculpts a variety of species, he specializes in the African elephant.  Many elephants are known individuals from Amboseli National Park in Kenya.

 

 

 

 

“Playful”  © 2020 Douglas Aja.  All Rights Reserved.

“Playful” depicts an orphaned elephant chasing a soccer ball. Calves are orphaned for many reasons, mostly because of poaching to feed the illegal ivory trade. The fortunate ones are brought to the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust where they are cared for and eventually reintroduced into the wild, a process that takes many years.

 

 

 

 

 

“Dionysus” © 2020 Douglas Aja.  All Rights Reserved.

Named by elephant researcher Cynthia Moss, Dionysus was one of the largest and most dominant bulls in the Amboseli ecosystem in southern Kenya. This sculpture represents him in his prime at approximately 50 years of age. Dionysus has been featured in many documentaries, including the “Echo of the Elephants” films.

 

 

 

 

“Echo & Calf “© 2020 Douglas Aja.  All Rights Reserved.

This sculpture is of an old matriarch known as Echo along with her one year old calf, Emily Kate. Echo is probably the world’s best known wild elephant, having been featured in the four BBC “Echo of the Elephants” films as well as “An Eye for An Elephant”.

 

 

 

Exploring Africa:

 

Traveling to Africa for the first time in 1978, Doug took part in a wilderness education program with the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS). There he studied wilderness and mountaineering skills, outdoor leadership, minimum impact camping and Kenya’s culture. He continues to visit East Africa regularly to take photos, gather reference material and to further his knowledge and understanding of his subjects. He often backpacks on Mount Kenya, through Maasailand and has climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro.

 

 

 

 

Kenya © 2020 Douglas Aja.  All Rights Reserved.

 

 

 

“Prized Possession” © 2020 Douglas Aja.  All Rights Reserved.

The spotted hyena is the most successful large carnivore in Africa. They are highly adaptable and opportunistic, capable of hunting a wide variety of prey animals and will scavenge when the opportunity arises. They hunt alone, in small groups or in large packs.

 

 

“Approaching Storm” © 2020 Douglas Aja.  All Rights Reserved.

I was in the Maasai Mara near the end of a long drought when we were hit with high winds and heavy thunderstorms. While driving back to camp we stopped to watch a pride of lions. What caught my attention most was the males’ manes blowing in the wind. Approaching Storm depicts a young male lion gazing out onto the savanna as the strong wind and rain blow in his face.

 

 

 

 

“Brown-hooded Kingfisher” © 2020 Douglas Aja.  All Rights Reserved.

The Brown-hooded Kingfisher inhabits wooded and savanna country in southeastern and central Africa. It has a varied diet which includes insects, small mammals, birds and reptiles. It only rarely eats fish. It searches for its prey from a perch, rapidly flies down to grab it with its bill then returns to its perch to eat it.

 

 

 

 

 

Creative Philanthropy:

 

Doug has been a longtime supporter of Amboseli Trust for Elephants (ATE), ElephantVoices and The Sheldrick Wildlife Trust. He had dedicated his time and creativity to support species in need and donates art and/or a portion of his sales to a number of charities.  

 

 

 

“Threatened” © 2020 Douglas Aja.  All Rights Reserved.

This female cheetah is intently looking at something in the distance that could pose a threat to her cub, possibly a lion or hyena which would kill the cub if given the chance. Cheetahs are now on the endangered species list, numbering around 10,000 in the wild.

 

 

 

 

 

“Watchful” © 2020 Douglas Aja.  All Rights Reserved.

Cheetahs are constantly scanning the savanna on the lookout for prey. More importantly if it’s a female with cubs, she would also be on alert for other predators. My goal in sculpting “Watchful” was to capture this intense and focused gaze.

 

 

To see more of Doug’s work visit:

Website:https://gallery.artistsforconservation.org/artists/1238

 

 

The 8th annual ENDANGERED Fine Art & Photography Contest

 

 

Enter Now! 

Deadline Extended  to 7th October

 

 

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

 

 

Details: https://www.Art4Apes.com     Questions?  Lindsey@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. 

 

PLEASE READ THE SECTION BELOW

Covid-19 Impact on Exhibition

Planning an exhibition in the Covid-19 era presents significant issues.  It seems clear that resurgence of the virus could possibly force last-minute cancellation or strict social distancing severely limiting visitor numbers.  Such a last minute cancellation would mean that artists would spend money sending work in to an exhibition that might not happen and that would likely have far less visitors.   Having taken everything into account we have determined, sadly, that we must cancel the live exhibition this year. 

We have developed an exciting virtual exhibition to run from November 1 to December 31, 2020.  Jury scores (and fit with the theme) will determine the top placed pieces that will get the best positioning.  We will be able to feature 100 pieces in the virtual 2-month show rather than the 50 we can accommodate in the real-life show.   Another great plus is that we will be able to feature EVERY entry as we will reserve an additional 25 places for a “rolling exhibition” so every piece will be featured for at least 5-7 days. 

All pieces may be offered for sale (or not depending on preference) and we will be including links to artist websites and bios as well as full details on the piece. 

We are planning interesting online events to run during the exhibition.

This will be a wonderful opportunity to showcase the work of all entrants to the ENDANGERED Fine Art & Photography Contest.

Please note:  Entries made after May 31st are not refundable should the physical exhibition not take place.  Entries made before May 31st will be refunded providing the artist notifies Lindsey@art4apes by June 30th

Questions?  Lindsey@Art4Apes.com

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 e-flyer for you to send out to clients and contacts
  • We will set up a dedicated page for you on the Art4Apes website
    • You will have the opportunity to craft a personal message about your art and commitment to wildlife and the environment. 
    • We will include your full bio and artist statement
    • We will include a virtual gallery of up to 10 pieces of your work
    • We will issue news updates featuring your current work, exhibitions, awards, direction of new work etc.
    • We will feature your work in an article in The Rickie Report – South Florida’s most influential online arts report.
    • 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!  Deadline Extended to 7th October

 

 

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

 

 

Deadline for submission 7th October, 2020.

 

 

Details: https://www.Art4Apes.com     Questions?  Lindsey@Art4Apes.com

 

 

 

Proceeds benefit the Center for Great Apes
https://www.centerforgreatapes.org

 

 

 

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