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

 

 

 

For coverage of your events, to place an advertisement, or speak to Rickie about appearing in The Rickie Report, contact:

Rickie Leiter, Publisher

Rickie@therickiereport.com   561-537-0291

17019 SW Sapri Way   Port St. Lucie, FL 34986

 

 

 

 

Ft. Pierce Art Club Announces 3 Calls To Artists And Events Open To The Public: ARToberfest, Fabulous Flamingos, And Magnificent Miniatures

The Fort Pierce Art Club shares 3 Calls to Artists for the upcoming “ARToberfest” (Saturday, October 17 – includes a Cookie Contest with Cash Prizes), “Fabulous Flamingos” (Saturday, November 21), and “Magnificent Miniature Masterpieces” (Saturday, December 5).  Artists from St. Lucie County, Martin County, Palm Beach County, Indian River County, and Okeechobee County are welcome to participate.  ART LOVERS: Mark your calendars now – from our sneak peeks, you won’t want to miss the FUN!  The Rickie Report shares the details of each event in this article.  Fort Pierce and St. Lucie County are a hub for art! 

 

 

 

 

 

PRESENTS   3   EVENTS:

 

 

“ARToberfest” 2020

 

 

 

Saturday, October 17, 2020

9 am to 1 pm

At

Cool Beans Brew Coffee House

1115 Delaware Avenue, Fort Pierce, FL 34950. 

Free and Open to the Public 

 

 

INCLUDES:

Artists

Crafters

Cookie Contest with Cash Prizes

 

Artists, Crafters, Non-Profits:   FREE Spaces

 

NO FEE but MUST Pre-register!

Must be handmade – no resale!

Bring your own table (Maximum 6′)

Send 3 jpegs to  Email:  Fortpierce.art.club@gmail.com

 

DEADLINE to ENTER: October 12, 2020

 

 

 

 

Cookie Contest:

The Cookie Contest is open to all residents of the Treasure Coast.

The Cookie Contest entry fee will be  four dozen cookies packaged in individual bags of 6 each.  

Supplies for the contest:  cookie bags and display boxes will be provided to contestants at Cool Beans Brew Coffee House on 1115 Delaware Avenue, Fort Pierce, the week before the event. 

The cookies will be for sale and for judging. 

Cash prizes will be awarded to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners. 

Proceeds from the sale will go to support “Art on the Porch”, a free painting session including all supplies, sponsored by the club every Monday morning from 10 am to noon, at Cool Bean Brew Coffee House. 

Register by contacting: 

Email:  Fortpierce.art.club@gmail.com

 

 

 

 

“FABULOUS  FLAMINGO”  SILENT  AUCTION

 Saturday, November 21, 2020

 Free and Open To Public

 

 

9 am – 1 pm

At

Cool Beans Brew Coffee House

1115 Delaware Avenue, Fort Pierce, FL 34950.

 

 

 

 

Open to all artists and art students on the Treasure Coast.  Students in Junior High, High School and College are encouraged to participate with the supervision of an art teacher and/or parent.   

FLAMINGO SPECIFICATIONS: 

  1. Open to all artists working in all media.  Original work must be created on flamingos provided by the Fort Pierce Art Club, Inc.  (FPAC).  Other flamingos may be used with approval by the Show’s Curator.
  2. Works will be judged on craftsmanship and use of the flamingo as a lawn ornament/decoration.    
  3. There is no theme requirement for the flamingos.  
  4. This is a non-profit community project.  All flamingos will be for sale to the public and the proceeds will go toward the Fort Pierce Art Club’s Public Art Programs and the Student Scholarship Program.  
  5. No eroticism or graphic violence will be considered.  General patriotic themes are allowed but political party and/or campaign candidate promotion are strictly prohibited.

SUBMISSION CRITERIA:

Each artist will be asked to give a $5 deposit for the flamingo.  The $5 will be refunded to the artist when the completed Flamingo is returned.  Note:  Students working with a School Art Teacher(s) will be exempt from the deposit, but the teacher will be responsible for the return of the completed or uncompleted flamingo(s) they take.

AWARDS:

The Selection Committee is composed of professional members of the public and the Show Curator who will oversee the judging of the pierces.  The judges will evaluate the work and have the right to reject any piece that might be offensive to the public or of poor construction.  There will 1st, 2nd, and 3rd ribbons for each of two categories:  Students and Adults.  There will also be tons of bragging rights for all.

DELIVERY OF COMPLETED FLAMINGOS: 

Text message 772-579-1529 to arrange pickup/deliver of a flamingo.

QUESTIONS: 

Please direct any questions to Blanca Longo Rancourt at 305-281-3335

Email:  Fortpierce.art.club@gmail.com

 

 

ONLY CALL Cool Beans Brew Coffee House for coffee and/or lunch orders!

 

The proceeds from the flamingo sale will go towards FPAC Art Education Scholarships to be awarded on January 9, 2021 at the Club’s 65th Anniversary party.  The club’s party will be held outside under the oaks from 9:00 am to noon at Cool Beans Brew coffee house.  Scholarships applications for high school and college students to complete will be available at www.fortpierceartclub.org at the end of November 2020.  Winners will be posted on the club’s website above.

 

 

The Fort Pierce Art Club this year has raised $400 for the “Inner Truth Project” and $500 from the July “Filthy Mug” silent auction to aid the Fort Pierce Women’s Club, who provide food for families on Mondays and Fridays.  During March and April, the club distributed wooden birdhouses, paint, and brushes for families to embellish.  The “Bird House” art was then displayed at Cool Beans Brew Coffee House.  Currently, the club is sponsoring “Art on the Porch”, a free painting session including all supplies, every Monday morning at Cool Beans Brew Coffee House. In addition, several club members are painting bike racks for the city of Fort Pierce.

 

 

The Fabulous Flamingos event will be sponsored by Cool Beans Brew Coffee House and The Fort Pierce Art Club, a not-for-profit 501(c)3 organization dedicated to promoting artists and the arts through community awareness.  

 

 

 

FORT  PIERCE  ART  CLUB

&

WALLFLOWER  CUSTOM  FRAME & ART

 

 

PRESENT:

 

CALL FOR

 

 

MAGNIFICENT  MINIATURE  MASTERPIECES  

 

 

 

Contest Runs NOW –  Monday, Nov. 30 , 2020

 

 

Free  And Open To the Public

 

 

Display and Sale:

 

 

Saturday, December 5, 2020

 

 

During Christmas Festival

 

 

At Cool Beans Brew Coffee House

1115 Delaware Avenue, Fort Pierce, FL 34950

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NOW through  Monday, Nov. 30 , 2020

CONTEST    INSTRUCTIONS:

 

Open to all students, hobbyists, emerging and professional artists residing in St. Lucie, Martin, Palm Beach, Indian River, and Okeechobee counties, and members of the Fort Pierce Art Club.

 

 

A $5 entry fee (cash or check only) includes the contest canvas and easel. Artists are welcome to use any medium and may paint the easels if they wish

Pick Up​  Entry Form, Easel & Miniature Canvases:

At

 ​Wallflower Custom Framing

​802 S6th Street, Fort Pierce, FL 34950

 

Return:

All masterpieces are to return with easels to ​Wallflower Custom Framing

Either:

Monday, November 30th;

Tuesday, December 1;

Wednesday, December 2nd

 

 

 

 

 

PRIZES:​ ​

 

Prizes will be awarded for the top 10 on December 5th, 2020 at ​Christmas Festival at Cool Beans Brew Coffee Shop, 1115 Delaware Avenue, Fort Pierce​.​

The Magnificent Mini Masterpieces will be sold with the proceeds going to benefit the Fort Pierce Art Club’s Educational Scholarship Fund and the community. This is a fund-raising charity event for ​Fort Pierce Art Club’s Educational Scholarship Fund and our community involvement projects. You will have the opportunity to purchase a masterpiece after the judging at the Christmas Festival. All remaining paintings from this event will be gifted to an assisted living facility as Christmas presents for the residents.

 

 

 

For questions about any of these events, calls to artists, upcoming workshops, or how to become a member of this vibrant arts organization:

Call:  772-579-1529 (Jeanne Johansen)

Email:  Fortpierce.art.club@gmail.com

Visit: www.fortpierceartclub.org

 

 

 

For coverage of your events, to place an advertisement, or speak to Rickie about appearing in The Rickie Report, contact:

Rickie Leiter, Publisher

Rickie@therickiereport.com   561-537-0291

17019 SW Sapri Way   Port St. Lucie, FL 34986

 

ENDANGERED Art4Apes Fine Art & Photography Contest Announces Extension Through October 7. New On-Line Format Will Feature Every Entry And Is 2 Months Long!

The Rickie Report shares 4 Special Announcements about “ENDANGERED Art4Apes Fine Art & Photography Contest 2020!  Due to storms and wildfires in the USA over the past few weeks deadline has been extended to October 7th.  Due to the Covid-19 situation it will be an online exhibition only throughout November and December. More people will see the exhibit AND EVERY ENTRY will be featured. The Virtual Artist in Residence program will run to the end of the year. Would YOU like to take part?  We give you the details here. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ENDANGERED Fine Art & Photography Contest

2020 DEADLINE EXTENSION TO

Wednesday October 7th midnight PST

 

ONLINE  EXHIBITION:

 

November 1st to December 31st

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Owing to storms and wildfires in the USA over the past few weeks we are extending our deadline.

The Virtual Artist in Residence program will run to the end of the year

Would YOU like to take part?

Due to the Covid-19 situation we will be moving to an online exhibition only throughout November and December.

Every entry will be featured!

 

 

Full details below:

 

Enter Now! Deadline Extended to 7th October

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

 

 

 

ENDANGERED Fine Art & Photography Contest 2020

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.)

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.

Exciting Online Exhibition November 1st – December 31st

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. Prizewinners and Jury scores (and fit with the theme) will get the best positions. 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.

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

 

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.

 

 

Presenting the work of the ENDANGERED: Art4Apes

VIRTUAL ARTISTS IN RESIDENCE

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

“Savanna Skyline” © 2020 Kirsten Hines. All Rights Reserved. http://www.kirstennaturetravel.com

 

 

 

“Scratching Post” © 2020 Bud Root-Michels. All Rights Reserved.

https://budrootmichels.com

 

 

 

“Soaking Up the Last Few Rays” © 2020 Katie Murray. All Rights Reserved. https://greeneyedgirl.org

 

 

 

 

 

 

Proceeds benefit the Center for Great Apes

https://www.centerforgreatapes.org

 

 

 

 

 

 

For coverage of your events, to place an advertisement, or speak to Rickie about appearing in The Rickie Report, contact:

Rickie Leiter, Publisher

Rickie@therickiereport.com   561-537-0291

17019 SW Sapri Way   Port St. Lucie, FL 34986

ENDANGERED: Art4Apes Call For Entries Continues As We Celebrate Katie Murray, Virtual Artist In Residence For August

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. 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 Katie Murray, the August, 2020 Virtual Artist-In-Residence and more details of how to apply! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ENDANGERED Fine Art & Photography Contest

VIRTUAL   ARTIST   In   RESIDENCE  

August, 2020

MEET:

 

KATIE      MURRAY

 

VIRTUAL  ARTIST in RESIDENCE

  AUGUST 2020

 

 

 

 

Photograph © 2020 Katie Murray.  All Rights Reserved.

 

 

Wildlife photographer and communication strategist for environmental sustainability

“My passion is helping people fall in love with wildlife and nature”

 

 

 

We present a taster of Katie’s work. To see more visit

Instagram: @kmurrs_

Twitter: @kmurrs_

YouTube: www.youtube.com/katiemurray

Website: https://greeneyedgirl.org

 

 

 

 

“Soaking Up the Last Few Rays”  Photograph © 2020 Katie Murray.  All Rights Reserved.

A large Galapagos sea lion soaks up the last few minutes of sunlight of the day, accompanied by Sally Lightfoot crabs.

 

 

 

 

“The Elephant Cafe’s Danny”  Photograph © 2020 Katie Murray.All Rights Reserved.

 

Danny at the Elephant Café in Livingstone Zambia before going into his barn for the night. An example of sustainable eco-tourism and positive wildlife encounters, the Elephant Café houses orphaned elephants who can choose to participate in interactions with humans, with the ability to walk away at any time.

 

 

 

Katie’s love of nature and wildlife is deep-rooted in trips to the local aquarium and tree-climbing as a kid. She holds a B.S. in Animal Science and a Master’s degree in Global Sustainability with a focus on Sustainable Tourism.  An avid SCUBA diver, Katie is also Past-President of the Florida Marine Science Educators Association (FMSEA). Katie lives in Florida.

 

 

 

“Lower Zambezi National Park Leopard”  Photograph © 2020 Katie Murray.  All Rights Reserved.

A leopard spotted on a game drive in Lower Zambezi National Park after snacking on some baboon

 

 

KATIE’S    MISSION:

 

 

I can’t pin-point exactly why I chose this path—highlighting the importance of wildlife conservation—I don’t even know that it was a conscious choice. 

 

 

 

 

“Josie, the Bornean Orangutan”  Photograph © 2020 Katie Murray.  All Rights Reserved.

Josie, the orangutan hangs out at ZooTampa at Lowry Park. 

 

 

Going to school for animal science and global sustainability helped all of the pieces fall in place and shaped me into the environmental advocate I am today. 

 

 

 

 

 

“Zuul, the South American Black Hawk-Eagle”  Photograph © 2020 Katie Murray

All Rights Reserved.

 

Zuul, the South American Black Hawk-Eagle, is an ambassador for One World Raptor Conservancy’s educational outreach program, Knightwings Birds of Prey, which frequents renaissance faire circuits.

 

Biodiversity loss is one of the greatest threats the world faces, and if I can inspire someone to care about an endangered animal through a photograph, I consider that a success. If my photograph can inspire further conversation about sustainability and conservation efforts around that animal, I consider that an even bigger success. 

 

 

 

 

“Reflecting on the Past”  Photograph © 2020 Katie Murray.  All Rights Reserved.

As if reflecting on its past, an old Galapagos tortoise rests in his pool at the Charles Darwin Research Station in Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz on the Galapagos Islands. The Research Station works to reintroduce different sub-species of Galapagos tortoise to their native islands. 

 

 

 

Hear what Katie has to say:

 

https://youtu.be/pzgm7vKFwV4

 

 

 

 

“Baboon at Victoria Falls”  Photograph © 2020 Katie Murray.  All Rights Reserved.

A baboon pauses just long enough for me to snap a photo before running off to continue to play with fellow baboons along Victoria Falls in Zambia.

 

 

 

I have been very fortunate to be able to travel to incredible places like Costa Rica, Australia, The Galapagos, and Zambia, where the wildlife practically begs to be photographed. And much of that wildlife is threatened or endangered. I have the privilege to take people with me to these incredible places, to view these beautiful animals, and that’s an amazing feeling.

 

 

 

 

“Hitching a Ride”  Photograph © 2020 Katie Murray.  All Rights Reserved.

Sometimes the best shots are ones from the Zoo. Sydney hitches a ride on mom, Ceduna, at ZooTampa at Lowry Park in Tampa, FL.

 

 

 

 

 

“Woke up Like This” Photograph © 2020 Katie Murray.  All Rights Reserved.

A curious Galapagos sea lion pup wakes up from a nap and wonders who these tourists are hiking through its home.

 

To see more of Katie’s work visit:

Instagram: @kmurrs_

Twitter: @kmurrs_

YouTube: www.youtube.com/katiemurray

Website: https://greeneyedgirl.org

 

 

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

 

 

Deadline for submission 7th October, 2020.

 

 

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

 

 

For coverage of your events, to place an advertisement, or speak to Rickie about appearing in The Rickie Report, contact:

Rickie Leiter, Publisher

Rickie@therickiereport.com   561-537-0291

17019 SW Sapri Way   Port St. Lucie, FL 34986

 

ENDANGERED: Art4Apes Call For Entries Continues As We Celebrate Bud Root-Michels, Virtual Artist In Residence For July

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. Artists and Photographers ages 9 and up are encouraged to 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 Bud Root-Michelsthe July, 2020 Virtual Artist-In-Residence and more details of how to apply. Artists are urged to apply before the September 30, 2020 deadline to be part of this exhibition!  

 

 

 

 

 

 

ENDANGERED   Fine Art & Photography   Contest

VIRTUAL   ARTIST   In   RESIDENCE  

 July, 2020

We are delighted to introduce you to

 BUD   ROOT-MICHELS

 

Multitalented artist, traveler, conservationist and dreamer

“I touched the face of Mother Nature while keeping my hand intact.”

 

 

“I Will Always Have Your Back”  Charcoal, Sumi Ink, Acrylic, Sculpted Bas-Relief background and 23K Gold Leaf.  

© 2020 Bud Root-Michels.  All Rights Reserved.

 

 

We present here a taster of Bud’s work. To see more visit  https://budrootmichels.com

 

 

 

 

“I believe that the natural landscape is the fingerprint of God”

© 2020 Bud Root-Michels.  All Rights Reserved.

 

 

Bud Root-Michels – In His Own Words

 

Since my youth in Michigan and Colorado and subsequent travels, I have filled my senses with the rawness, beauty and power of our natural world. I was always outdoors near water and in woods. My first eleven years in Alaska, I lived in the wilderness where I raised my children. I touched the face of Mother Nature while keeping my hand intact. I learned to abide by nature’s rules or suffer the consequences. 

 

 

 

“Scratching Post”  Charcoal, Sumi Ink, 23K Gold Leaf

© 2020 Bud Root-Michels.  All Rights Reserved.

 

 

My fascination, respect and understanding of wild animal and bird behavior deepened. I observed how each species acts within its family group, and has predictable behavior with other species because they, too, abide by nature’s rules.

 

 

 

“A Key Moment”  Charcoal, Sumi Ink, 23K Gold Leaf

© 2020 Bud Root-Michels.  All Rights Reserved.

 

 

I am deeply saddened so many magnificent species are endangered and die prematurely on our watch. This moved me to paint rare blue herons, egrets, tigers, jaguars, leopards, and eagles, followed by a series of polar bears, snow leopards, cheetahs, and hummingbirds with their protective goddesses.

 

 

“River Crossing”  Charcoal, Sumi Ink, Acrylic, 23K Gold Leaf

© 2020 Bud Root-Michels.  All Rights Reserved.

 

As a lifelong artist my work evolves and yet contains elements I discovered 40 years ago. I used to be rigorous about working with one medium at a time; be it gouache, acrylic, oil, ink, scratchboard, watercolor or colored pencils. Currently I explore mixed mediums pushing each to and occasionally over the limit.   Removing this restriction gifts me with new knowledge, deep creative joy, freedom and ease.

 

 

 

“Nectar of Gold”  Acrylic, Sumi Ink, Sculpted Bas-Relief

© 2020 Bud Root-Michels.  All Rights Reserved.

 

 

In Japan I was exposed to Sumi Calligraphy and the subtle colors used by Japanese artists.  I was intrigued then and now by the harmony of their minimalism.  In Italy and France I saw the reflective beauty of gold leaf in early icons and medieval paintings and the charcoal and terracotta under painting of the Renaissance painters.

 

In my latest Southwest Series I use graphite, or Sumi ink and charcoal, and 23K gold leaf on a sculpted background to celebrate the energetic habits of wild mustangs, elks, swans, Arabian horses, bobcats, coyote, deer, egrets, red tailed hawks, owls, quail, ravens, raccoons and wolves. ​

 

 

“Water’s Edge”  Charcoal, Sumi Ink, Acrylic, 23K Gold Leaf

© 2020 Bud Root-Michels.  All Rights Reserved.

 

 

Bud’s Inspiration

 

Animals and conservation are important to me for several reasons, I have lived in Alaska, in the past, for over 22 years. Eleven of those years, I lived in the wilderness. I got to observe wild animals in their natural habitat. I got to see the changes of seasons happen before my eyes; Long summers with 24 hours of sunshine. Being “dog tired” at 4am because I forgot to go to bed.  Short crisp Fall days happened with a rapidly decreasing sun each successive day. Rain and snow flurries putting a real urgency in having everything necessary done before you were wintered in.  If you were not prepared for winter, you would not be allowed to see another spring (Mother Nature’s Rule). 

Winter was a quiet time except for the sound of some trees “cracking” when their sap froze.

 

 

 

“Discovery”  Graphite, Sumi Ink and 23K Gold Leaf

© 2020 Bud Root-Michels.  All Rights Reserved.

 

 

A mournful howl of a hungry wolf. Coyotes verbally keeping in touch with their hunting parties. Howling winds and blizzards.  Everything was bathed in indigo blue.

I got to live as a free human animal. I got to build a shelter, store food, raise offspring, defend my turf.  It was good to be at the top of earth’s food chain.

All living creatures require our respect, for their being here, and having their place here, and it is our responsibility “as top dog Humans” to care for and to be an advocate at all times for them.  

 

 

 

“Red Tailed Hawk”   Charcoal, Graphite, 23K Gold Leaf

© 2020 Bud Root-Michels.  All Rights Reserved.

 

 

 

Why Enter the ENDANGERED Fine Art & Photography Contest?

 

 

In 2016 I was included in Art4Apes group show that was held in Miami FL.  My wife and I spent a very lovely Basel week at the daily Gallery functions that were provided for the artists’ continuing education on doing the business side of their art. 

The inclusion of my oil painting “Great Egret” was a real honor for me.  Because of being included in ENDANGERED Art4Apes show, my fine art career has flourished more and more each year since then.  I now have three quality art galleries representing my work. In the past two years they have sold 23 paintings between them. 

 

 

 

“Bosque Great Egret”  Oil on canvas.  

© 2020 Bud Root-Michels.  All Rights Reserved.

 

 

This year I have entered the 2020 art4apes contest. I hope to be able to give back now. 

If you are serious about being a professional artist I recommend that you enter this contest.

Having been chosen to exhibit in 2016, finally gave gallery owners validity in my work because

“I was invited to show at Basel Week”.

 

 

 

“I Saw You First”  Charcoal, Sumi Ink with 23K Gold Leaf

© 2020 Bud Root-Michels.  All Rights Reserved.

 

 

 

How Can Artists Help?

 

Why do we have Threatened and Endangered species? 

Habitat loss?  Changing climate? Exploitation?  

These are mainly “Top dog human” causes.

We all have some special talent or abilities to be responsible, good tenants of this Earth and to our fellow roommates.

I am an artist.  This is the talent I was given and nurtured. I am capable of producing images that are worth 1000 words now.  I choose to do my part (as a good roommate) to show many of our planet’s diverse creatures, in their free state of being, so that maybe those that see my images will get the picture on what it needs to be, not what it is right now.

 

 

 

“Misty Morning”   Charcoal, Sumi Ink with 23K Gold Leaf

© 2020 Bud Root-Michels.  All Rights Reserved.

 

See more of Bud’s work at:  https://budrootmichels.com

 

 

 

8th annual ENDANGERED Fine Art & Photography Contest 

 

 

Enter Now!  

 

 

 

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

 

 

Deadline for submission 30th September, 2020.

 

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.  We hope for the best but must consider that resurgence of the virus could force last-minute cancellation or strict social distancing severely limiting visitor numbers.  We will make a decision mid-summer as to whether the real-life exhibition will take place. 

The Juried Contest to determine the winners of our $7,000 in prize money will go ahead, closing date 30th September.  

We are developing an exciting virtual exhibition to run regardless of the Covid-19 situation.  This exhibition will 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 eflyer 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.  

Questions? Lindsey@Art4Apes.com

Enter Now!  

 

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

Deadline for submission 30th September, 2020.

 

 

 

 

Proceeds benefit the Center for Great Apes

https://www.centerforgreatapes.org

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For coverage of your events, to place an advertisement, or speak to Rickie about appearing in The Rickie Report, contact:

Rickie Leiter, Publisher

Rickie@therickiereport.com   561-537-0291

17019 SW Sapri Way   Port St. Lucie, FL 34986

 

City Of Palm Beach Gardens Opens Call To South Florida Artists “Chairs For Charity”

The City of Palm Beach Gardens announces a Call To Artists to benefit “Chairs For Charity”.  South Florida artists are invited to design and paint one-of-a-kind Adirondack chairs to be featured at the new Tennis & Pickleball Center Clubhouse!  Artists will be given a chair to design and paint (incorporating a tennis item).  Artists whose proposals are chosen will receive a SOLO GardensArt Exhibit!  The Rickie Report shares the details and reminds you to apply by July 31,2020.  We can’t wait to see your designs!!!  The chairs will be auctioned  as a fundraiser to benefit Palm Beach Gardens Adaptive Tennis Programs.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Founded in 1989, the GardensArt program is a unique program that exhibits the work of locally and nationally recognized professional artists and photographers. It was established to increase the opportunities for cultural exchange between artists and the community.

For more information about this Call to Artists or other opportunities, please contact:

Amy Stepper   astepper@pbgfl.com or 561.630.1116

 

For coverage of your events, to place an advertisement, or speak to Rickie about appearing in The Rickie Report, contact:

Rickie Leiter, Publisher

Rickie@therickiereport.com   561-537-0291

17019 SW Sapri Way   Port St. Lucie, FL 34986

 

ENDANGERED: Art4Apes Call For Art Continues As We Celebrate Kirsten Hines, Virtual Artist In Residence For May

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. Artists and Photographers ages 9 and up are encouraged to 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 Kirsten Hines, the May, 2020 Virtual Artist-In-Residence and more details of how to apply. Artists are urged to apply before the September 30, 2020 deadline to be part of this exhibition!

 

 

 

 

 

 

ENDANGERED   Fine Art & Photography   Contest

VIRTUAL   ARTIST   IN   RESIDENCE   PROGRAM

Introducing

KIRSTEN HINES

Photographer & Nature Writer

Virtual Artist in Residence, May 2020

 

Art4Apes wants to encourage those artists and photographers who are committed to and focused on using their talent to support wildlife and the environment.

Kirsten Hines, our Virtual Artist in Residence for May, is based in the Coconut Grove neighborhood of Miami. She is a talented and dynamic photographer, author and conservationist. You can read her blog and see the images from her global travels on her website. We present here a taste of her work: http:// www.kirstennaturetravel.com

 

 

Kirsten’s Inspiration

Kirsten tells The Rickie Report, “I have always been inspired by nature. The plants and animals in my childhood yard in the Philippines hosted many an adventure, and led me to a master’s degree in biology. But somehow important issues, stories and even the wildlife I so adored lost their magic when defined by columns of scientific numbers. I now strive to convey environmental issues and stories through my writing and photography, without sacrificing the magic“.

 

 

“Study in Stripes” © 2020 Kirsten Hines. All Rights Reserved.

 

Like a human finger print, each zebra has distinctive stripes. This variation seemed most prominent to me on the tail, particularly in this grouping of zebras in a water hole at Tanzania’s Tarangire National Park where each of these zebras had a bold yet unique tail pattern.

 

I seek to provide an intimate perspective on nature from around the world, reflecting wildlife, their behaviors, and habitats both in an unaltered documentary- style and in a more interpretive abstract style achieved in-camera to convey the emotional experience.

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Glimmer of Hope” © 2020 Kirsten Hines. All Rights Reserved.

 

Found only on Isla Escudo de Veraguas in Panama’s Bocas del Toro archipelago, Pygmy Three-Toed Sloths are listed Critically Endangered. This one was asleep in a mangrove tree when we arrived by boat, looking up only momentarily as the boatman demonstrated its mating whistle.

 

Focus on the Natural World

It was two memories from my childhood in the Philippines that really transformed my love of exploring nature into a passion for environmental conservation….

The first was a bird – the kind of flamboyant bird one imagines from the tropics with bright colors and elaborate plumes. I’d never seen a bird like it in our yard before but as I raced to the window for a better view, a young stranger shot it from the tree with a slingshot. The bird was bagged and gone before my family had a chance to protest. I never saw another like it.

 

 

 

 

 

“Sunset Heron” © 2020 Kirsten Hines. All Rights Reserved.

 

 

As the sky outside St. Augustine, Florida blazed with sunset colors, the marsh before me glowed orange and gold. Water ripples became black lines across a scene that looked more like graphic art than a wetland. Then this Great Blue Heron emerged from the vegetation, returning the scene to nature once again.

 

The other memory wasn’t a single event but rather the progressive change in scenery along our weekly commute between Manila and our rural home in Cavite. Slowly but steadily stilt-houses in small coastal fishing villages and thatch huts in luscious rice fields succumbed to bulldozers and concrete. The last time I took the route, 25 years ago by now, the city had all but engulfed our formerly provincial compound. I could count on one hand the remaining patches of green. I mourned for the children I saw playing at the highway’s edge. They would never chase the end of a rainbow through meadows and mango orchards to find a pool of golden light at the end as I once had.

 

 

 

 

 

“Savanna Skyline” © 2020 Kirsten Hines. All Rights Reserved.

 

My day on the Serengeti was drawing to a close. A lone hartebeest stood silhouetted against the evening sky. A large, uniquely horned African antelope, the outline of a hartebeest is distinctive. This was likely a male, overseeing his territory prior to nightfall.

 

How I Get My Shots

I’ve always been an explorer…

 

I’m happiest tromping barefoot through the mud, along a stream, in a tidepool or anywhere I might find something new and exciting to experience in nature. Whether I was in a big city or some remote jungle, I was always seeking unusual plants and animals regardless of whether it was a single flower peeking from a crack in a sidewalk or a troop of howler monkeys swinging through the trees.

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Desert Elegance” © 2020 Kirsten Hines. All Rights Reserved.

 

Protected within the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve in the United Arab Emirates, this pair of mountain gazelles (Gazella gazella) peeked down at me from atop their camouflaging dune. Wary with reason given their IUCN Red-listing as Vulnerable, these Arabian Peninsula natives are extirpated across broad portions of their natural range.

 

I minimize post-processing and avoid digital manipulation.


I attempt to stay as true to the moment as possible and because nature is impressive without human intervention. With my photography and writing, I aim to lure viewers more deeply into the natural world than they might venture on their own. I aim to reflect nature and inspire conservation.

 

 

Kirsten’s Entries to the ENDANGERED Fine Art & Photography Contest 2020

I’ve been participating in the ENDANGERED Fine Art & Photography Contest since I first discovered it in 2015. The title alone caught my attention, and I was hooked when I realized it wasn’t just a namesake, the goal was in fact conservation.

 

 

 

 

“Texture of Life” © 2020 Kirsten Hines. All Rights Reserved.

 

Skin differences between a baby and mother elephant signify aging. In the surrounding savanna, ancient baobab trees have no saplings. Elephants cannot migrate across Africa, restricted to parks for their protection. Habitats suffer without respite. Yet outside, 96 elephants a day die for ivory.

 

 

 

“Arctic Face-off” © 2020 Kirsten Hines. All Rights Reserved.

 

Two iconic arctic predators – a polar bear and a gray wolf, both large males – assess one another in Manitoba, Canada. The pair circled one another, there were a couple of false charges, and ultimately, they went their separate ways. Perhaps they know, a heating planet is the true enemy.

 

 

When I looked into the non-profit being supported by the show, I realized an even deeper personal connection. I had volunteered at the Center for Great Apes https://www.centerforgreatapes.org over a decade prior with a group of friends. We’d stayed in a house alongside a baby chimpanzee who’d needed personalized care, and helped build a new boardwalk between outdoor enclosures. It is a center built from love, to provide long-term care and a family for primates that can never be returned to the wild and to try and prevent future incursions.

The ENDANGERED Fine Art & Photography contest carries this love forward, passionately promoting endangered species and environmental conservation while creating a family of friends. I’m honored to be part of that family.

 

 

 

“Pondering” © 2020 Kirsten Hines. All Rights Reserved.

 

I wondered what this silverback Mountain Gorilla pondered as I visited its forested home in Rwanda. Perhaps it was the routine oddity of daily human visits, visits that however odd have helped protect this critically endangered species, shifting economic incentives from poaching and deforestation to tourism.

How Can Artists Help?

 

We live at a time when our environmental challenges are greater and more global than ever before. We are losing species at unprecedented rates and climate extremes are no longer regional, they’re becoming our planetary norm. We also live at a time when people are constantly inundated with words and images through the internet and social media.

 

We live in a world of competing messages and it is of utmost importance the health of the earth remains at the forefront of that messaging. Every artist who includes endangered species and conservation as part of their work is helping to keep this essential message alive.

 

Humans must learn to co-exist with nature, before we too must join the list of endangered species.

 

 

See more of Kirsten’s work at:  http://www.kirstennaturetravel.com

Kirsten’s next planned round of solo exhibitions will coincide with the release of my Wild Florida book, likely in 2022. In the interim, my studio gallery in Coconut Grove is open by appointment and I continue to participate in group exhibitions as opportunities arise. At the moment my work is on display with the Ft. Lauderdale branch of the National League of Pen Women at Broward College in Davie.

My presentation schedule has been put on hold during the pandemic, but I anticipate rescheduling several talks in the fall, hopefully including presenting my new Dry Tortugas National Park book at the Miami International Book Fair.  I will also continue teaching bird photography workshops in partnership with Tropical Audubon Society, and I will lead a multi-day workshop and trip to Dry Tortugas National Park next spring. Details will be posted on my website at www.KirstenNatureTravel.com, where people can also sign-up for my quarterly newsletter for additional news and updates.

 

 

Follow Kirsten at:
Web: http://www.kirstennaturetravel.com
Twitter: @KirstenNatTrav
Facebook: facebook.com/KirstenNatureTravel
Instagram: @kirstennaturetravel

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

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.

PLEASE READ THE SECTION BELOW

Covid-19 Impact on Exhibition

Planning an exhibition in the Covid-19 era presents significant issues. We hope for the best, but must consider that resurgence of the virus could force last- minute cancellation or strict social distancing, severely limiting visitor numbers. We will make a decision mid-summer as to whether the real life exhibition will take place.

The Juried Contest to determine the winners of our $7,000 in prize money will go ahead, closing date on  September 30, 2020.

We are developing an exciting virtual exhibition to run regardless of the Covid-19 situation. This exhibition will 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.com by June 30th.

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For coverage of your events, to place an advertisement, or speak to Rickie about appearing in The Rickie Report, contact:

Rickie Leiter, Publisher

Rickie@therickiereport.com   561-537-0291

17019 SW Sapri Way   Port St. Lucie, FL 34986

 

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“.

Follow Deb on Instagram

 

 

 

 

“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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For coverage of your events, to place an advertisement, or speak to Rickie about appearing in The Rickie Report, contact:

Rickie Leiter, Publisher

Rickie@therickiereport.com   561-537-0291

17019 SW Sapri Way   Port St. Lucie, FL 34986

City Of Port St. Lucie Calls For Outdoor Public Art, Open To All Artists In The US

The City of Port St. Lucie is seeking a landmark, free standing, outdoor sculpture that will be visually appealing from all sides, serve as a focal point for motorists entering and leaving the city, and complement the residential character of the surrounding neighborhoods.  The roundabout is located in a residential area, at NW Bayshore Boulevard and NW Selvitz Road.  The Rickie Report shares the details of this Call to artists and reminds you that you need not be a resident of Port St. Lucie or Florida to apply.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Port St. Lucie is the 8th largest city in Florida and the 3rd largest city in South Florida with over 189,300 residents. It occupies an area of 120 square miles in St. Lucie County on Florida’s east coast, about 50 miles north of West Palm Beach, halfway between Miami and Orlando. Port St. Lucie is proud to be a hometown where people live, learn, work and play, and celebrate all of life’s opportunities and dreams.

 

 

Artists and artist teams submit your proposals for a permanent outdoor public art installation to be exhibited at the roundabout at NW Bayshore Boulevard & NW Selvitz Road.

 

Port St. Lucie is seeking a landmark, free standing, outdoor sculpture that will be visually appealing from all sides, serve as a focal point for motorists entering and leaving the city, and complement the residential character of the surrounding neighborhoods. The roundabout is located in a residential area and the City is seeking proposals that reflect multigenerational families and the City’s motto of being a hometown where people live, learn, work and play.

 

ABOUT PORT ST. LUCIE

Project Description

The roundabout’s interior has a concrete six by six foot base in the center that was designed to accommodate a sculpture.

The commissioned artwork will become part of the City’s permanent public art collection. Proposals should:

• Complement the scale, design and landscaping of the roundabout • Be an original design that requires minimal maintenance
• Be visually appealing from a distance
• Not create a distraction for drivers

While artistic quality is very important, works will be reviewed for durability, safety and appropriateness to the site.

 

Artworks must be structurally sound and able to withstand an outdoor environment in a largely unsupervised area that is not protected from weather or curious viewers.

Port St. Lucie has a subtropical climate that is hot and humid, with intense sun and seasonal heavy rains and hurricane-force winds. Avoiding potential problems such as deteriorating rust and fading should be considered.

 

 

Physical Interpretation & Criteria Goals

There is a 6-foot minimum height preference and 12-foot maximum height preference and it must not exceed more than six feet in width. Other sizes will be considered based on how the proposed art piece fits with the space. Create a sense of community and diversity that reflects the City’s motto, “A City for All People.”

 

 

Budget & Terms

The City’s project budget is not to exceed $200,000. This artwork budget will reflect all costs associated with the project, including but not limited to design and engineering, production, transport, installation, site preparation, and travel expenses.

The City will provide the foundation to support the artwork. However, if unusual foundation needs are proposed by the artist, these costs must be accounted for within their proposed artwork budget.

 

Artist Eligibility

The project is open to all professional artists or artist teams residing in the United States. Local artists are encouraged to apply. If applying as an artist team, please identify the team member who will serve as the lead artist.

One submittal per artist or artist team.

 

Submission materials:

Cover Page (RFP) Provide as a PDF.

  • Identification of the artist’s name or artist’s team name
  • Contact information including mailing address, telephone number, email address and name of contact person (team lead)
  • Statement of Interest (500 characters max)
    Provide a narrative of your interest and how you would approach this project.
  • Statement of Qualifications (500 characters max)
    Describe past work and your experience completing other public art projects.
  • Time frame in which the artist would be able to complete the work f rom award of contract to installation.
  • Estimate of annual maintenance requirements and estimated maintenance expense.
  • Description of materials to be used and their durability.Résumé/CV

• Provide as a PDF (2-page maximum).

References

  • Provide as a PDF.
  • A minimum of two professional references.
  • Include names, addresses and phone numbers.Proposal

• Provide as a PowerPoint presentation.

  • –  First Slide: Brief description of proposed artwork and an explanation of how the artwork represents the City of Port St. Lucie’s motto, “A City for All People.”
  • –  One to Five Slides (Work Samples): Provide at most five samples of completed work, one sample per slide. Submissions from artist teams should reflect samples from each artist.
  • –  One to Five Slides (Conceptual Design): Provide any renderings, sketches, or visual representations of proposed artwork. Provide no more than five samples, one per slide
  • –  One Slide (Itemization): Provide an itemized list of materials used, dimensions and market value.Signed W-9 form.Disclosure Statement. Provide as a PDF.

 

Application Deadline:

Deadline for Submission: May 30, 2019

Responses will be received until 2:00 p.m. on May 30, 2019.

June 2019

June 2019 July 2019

August 2019

September 2019 October 2019 April 2020

General review of application and selection of three finalists by the Selection Panel

Artists notified

Presentations by three finalists at a public meeting for final selection by the Selection Panel for recommendation to City Council

Public Art Advisory Board review of final selection and recommendation to City Council

Final Selection by City Council Artist contract finalized and signed Deadline for artwork installation

The City of Port St. Lucie reserves the right to change the dates of the project timeline, to modify this solicitation, to request additional information or proposals from any or all participating artists, to reopen the competition and/or to accept or reject, at any time prior to the commissioning of a work, any or all design proposals.

 

 

Selection Process

A Selection Panel comprised of a member of the City Council, a member of the Public Art Advisory Board, community stakeholders, and a representative of the Public Works Department will review all submitted materials and select three artist finalists. The three finalists will be required to develop additional presentation materials as well as a maquette of their proposed site-specific artwork and travel to Port St. Lucie to make a formal presentation to the Selection Panel and members of the community. The Selection Panel will then select a final candidate to recommend to City Council. The three selected finalists will be paid an honorarium of $1,500.00 for travel expenses, oral presentation, and material costs.

 

 

Selection Criteria

  • Proposed artwork exhibits artistic merit, quality, and innovate design.
  • Proposed artwork is appropriate to the site in size, materials and structural integrity.
  • Proposed artwork meets the requirements of this Call to Artist.
  • Professional qualifications of artist or artist team and experience with similar public art projects including the fabrication and installation permanent artwork suitable for outdoor elements.
  • Evidence of the artist’s (or artist-team) ability to successfully complete the work as proposed in the timeline.

 

For more information contact:

772-871-5213 • Susan List at slist@cityofpsl.comwww.CityofSPL.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

For coverage of your events, to place an advertisement, or speak to Rickie about appearing in The Rickie Report, contact:

Rickie Leiter, Publisher

Rickie@therickiereport.com   561-537-0291

17019 SW Sapri Way   Port St. Lucie, FL 34986