The ENDANGERED Art4Apes Fine Art & Photography Contest Presents The 2021 Prize Winners. Entire Exhibit Is Virtual And Free To Access. Support The Center For Great Apes

The ENDANGERED Art4Apes Fine Art & Photography Contest is thrilled to present the Prize Winners of the 9th Annual Online Contest.  The entry fees went directly to the Center for Great Apes and will support their work to give lifetime care to orangutans and chimpanzees in need. The Jury panel included: Hansen Mulford (Curator of Orlando Museum of Art), Bryan Pereira (Fine Art Photographer and Director for Exposure Photo Safari Tours), and Lori Perkins (Deputy Director, Birmingham Zoo and Board Member, Center for Great Apes). Paul Fisher, President of Juried Art Services continues to serve as the inspiration for sponsoring this contest.  The Rickie Report shares the Prize Winners plus the link to see the entire exhibit and make purchases


 

 

SEE  THE  ENTIRE  EXHIBIT:

https://www.art4apes.com/2021-exhibition

 

 

Questions About Art or Sales? Lindsey@Art4Apes.com

 

 

Five hundred entries were submitted in three categories: Fine Art, Photography and Young Artists.  Entries came from Australia, Canada, China, Denmark, France, Peru, UK, USA and Zambia.  We are pleased that our message of conservation reached people in so many countries.   Two hundred Young Artists took part this year and we loved the thought and creativity that went into so many of their pieces.  

 

 

View the current exhibit in the virtual gallery through December 31,2021.  

 

 

 

P R I Z E      W I N N E R S:

 

 

Fine     Art     Category

 

 

1st Prize:

 

 

Johanne Mangi.  Painted Dog. Oil painting on linen.  ©2021 All Rights Reserved

 

 

2nd Prize:

 

 

Mary Taylor. Veterans Memorial Eagle. Welded stainless steel rods.   ©2021 All Rights Reserved

 

 

3rd Prize:

 

 

 

Robin Huffman.  California Condor.  Acrylic on canvas.  ©2021 All Rights Reserved

 

 

Fine    Art    Photography    Category

 

 

1st Prize: 

 

 

 

Celia Kujala.  Descending from Above.  ©2021 All Rights Reserved

 

 

2nd Prize: 

 

 

Prelena Soma Owen.  Beauty is in the Eye.  ©2021 All Rights Reserved

 

 

 

3rd Prize: 

 

 

 

Prelena Soma Owen.  When Darkness Falls.  ©2021 All Rights Reserved

 

 

 

Young     Artists     Category

 

 

1st Prize: 

 

 

 

Le Shen, aged 11 years.  Eternal White Rhino  ©2021 All Rights Reserved

 

 

 

2nd Prize: 

 

 

 

 

Emma Zhou, aged 15 years.  Living Jewel. Drawing. ©2021 All Rights Reserved

 

 

 

 

 

3rd Prize: 

 

 

 

 

Angie Li, aged 9 years.  Ripped Joy. Colored markers.

Angie also wins the award for Best Big Cat  ©2021 All Rights Reserved

 

 

 

4th   Equal   Exceptional   Commendations:

We decided to award extra prizes to the two artists whose entries tied 4th as an “Exceptional Commendation”.

 

 

 

 

 

Ashleigh Cole, aged 16 years.  Macaw. Oil painting. ©2021 All Rights Reserved

 

 

 

 

Yunxi Zhu, aged 13 years.  Create a Beautiful Home Together. ©2021 All Rights Reserved

 

 

 

 

People’s  Choice  Winner  for  Young  Artists with 1002 votes:

 

 

 

 

Zian Wang, aged 12 years.  Orange Bellied Parrot. Water colour. ©2021 All Rights Reserved

 

 

Best    Ape    Award

 

 

 

Gavin Minard, aged 18 years, Imagine. Photograph  ©2021 All Rights Reserved

 

 

 

 

 

Thanks again to everyone who took part. 

 

 

The ENDANGERED online exhibition is Open NOW through December 31, 2021

Please contact Lindsey@Art4Apes.com with questions or for details on how to purchase the art.  

 

 

 

Watch out for the 2022 ENDANGERED Fine Art & Photography Contest

 

 

 

 

 

 

The ENDANGERED Fine Art & Photography Contest benefits CGA.

 

 

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Plunge Beach Resort in Lauderdale-By-The-Sea Presents “Plunge Into The Arts” Photographic Exhibit By Acclaimed Conservation Photographer Phoenix. Free Opening Reception October 20

Plunge Beach Resort in Lauderdale-By-The-Sea proudly showcases “Plunge into the Arts with Phoenix”, a stunning exhibit that captures the soul of nature as seen through the eyes of acclaimed conservation photographer, Phoenix. Her new Solo exhibit will be on display from October 17 through November 20, 2021.  The public is invited to a free Reception on Wednesday, October 20.  The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Free    Meet    The    Artist    Reception

Wednesday,   October   20,   2021

6:00   –   7:30 pm

 

 

 

TO    REGISTER    CLICK    HERE

 

Exhibit runs October 17 to November 20, 2021

 

 

Plunge   Beach   Resort

4660 El Mar Dr.     Lauderdale-By-The-Sea, FL 33308

For more information call (754) 312 5775

 

 

 

 

Fine Art Conservation Photographer, Phoenix

 

From the majesty and frailty of the Florida Everglades to the haunting beauty of Ireland, each fine art photograph by Phoenix inspires love and respect for our essential environment.  Her Solo Exhibition of 18 photographs will be displayed in the gallery inside Plunge Beach Resort’s lobby in Lauderdale-By-The-Sea.

 

 

“Loxahatchee Sunset” by Phoenix 

 

“With this exhibition we are inviting viewers to connect with the beauty and power captured in each of Phoenix’s art works,” said Joe Imbrogno, Director of Guest Excellence at the Plunge Beach Resort.  The exhibit includes several of Phoenix’s works taken during her Artist-In-Residence in Great Smoky Mountains Nation Park. They are being shown for the first time, since earlier exhibits they were juried into were cancelled due to COVID-19″.

 

 

“Dawn’s Early Light” by Phoenix 

 

Phoenix, who only goes by her first name, established a love of nature as a child during family vacations to national parks. Although, she taught film-making and photography early in her career she left them for some twenty years. Returning to photography in the digital age, she developed an exceptional talent and passion to help protect nature and wildlife. Today she is an internationally collected, award-winning conservation photographer.  Most recently a national hospital has acquired 22 large photographs measuring 24 x 36 inches each from Phoenix’s sacred trees, landscapes and winged life collections for their permanent collection.

 

 

“Red Leaf Tree Rich Mountain Road” by Phoenix 

 

 

“Phoenix is a legendary nature photographer and I have always been impressed with the quality of her work. Whether presenting a macro or wildlife photograph, or a long exposure shot of the Milky Way, Phoenix consistently delivers images that transmit beyond their compositions. I only have admiration for her, her work and her wisdom,” said Sophie Bonet, Lead Curator at ArtServe, one of the Plunge Beach Resort’s art partners.

 

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“Before The Storm” by Phoenix

 

 

“Being a nature photographer is a mystical experience,” Phoenix tells The Rickie Report. “Like a meditation of light – color, texture, structure, pattern, and composition– it awakens an inner peace and knowingness.  With each image, it’s always my intent to raise awareness of endangered and threatened species and habitats that we stand to lose in the natural world if we are not careful. It is my desire that viewers are inspired to love, cherish and protect the fragile beauty and wonder that is nature as they reconnect with that inner peace reflected in each of my images.

 

 

 

“Blazing Sunset” by Phoenix

 

She continues, “For me, preserving nature and wilderness areas is not a luxury, but a necessity for the human spirit. In protecting the world’s nature and wildlife, the environment, we are really protecting the family of humanity. The importance of nature is more than a scientific necessity for creating air, clean water and producing food. It is a sacred necessity for healing and bringing peace to the human soul.”

 

 

 

 

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About Plunge Beach Resort in Lauderdale-By-The-Sea:

Tucked along South Florida’s fabled A1A in Lauderdale by the Sea, Plunge Beach Resort is a laid-back, low-key retreat for beach lovers and bohemians in search of an edgy, off-the-radar getaway. In addition to its 163 rooms and one- and two- bedroom suites, it has three onsite dining options, two pools, a fitness center, plenty of modern-day amenities and a roster of unique hotel programming. The resort’s central location puts travelers in the perfect spot to enjoy all of South Florida has to offer. Plunge Beach Resort is located at 4660 El Mar Drive, Lauderdale by the Sea, FL 33308. For more information please visit www.PlungeBeachResort.com.

 

 

About Phoenix, Photographer:

For Phoenix the extraordinary beauty of nature and wilderness are a wonder. Attempting to fix them in time is her passion; photography is her art. Known for her painterly approach to composition, light, color and texture, she is an internationally collected, award-winning conservation photographer. Phoenix is the recipient of two month-long Artist-In-Residence programs, Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Olive Stack Gallery in Ireland; the Virtual Artist-in-Residence for the Center for Great Apes Art4Apes Exhibition; the featured artist for the first Endangered Exhibit – United Kingdom; two public art grants, nine public art awards and many other prestigious awards. She was recently appointed to the first Public Art and Placement Advisory Board, City of Fort Lauderdale. Her works have graced national magazine covers and been featured in newspapers, magazines and blog posts – print and online internationally. She was invited to be the first photographer to “takeover” the Instagram page for the Friends of Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge. She is the immediate past president of the National League of American Pen Women which she served six years. A native Miamian, Phoenix lives and works in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

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Paul Murray Celebrates Arctic And African Adventures As Artist In Residence For ENDANGERED Fine Art & Photography Exhibit 2021. Applications Now Open

The International ENDANGERED Fine Art & Photography Exhibition 2021 is now open for entriesFocusing our attention on the plight of endangered and threatened species/habitats, ENDANGERED encourages artists and photographers who are committed to and focused on using their talent to support wildlife and the environment. 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 2021. The Rickie Report introduces Paul Murray and more details of how to apply for the 2021 Exhibit!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

VIRTUAL ARTIST in RESIDENCE

December, 2020

 

Paul M. Murray

Visual traveler and photographic artist based in Rhode Island.

Paul discusses the inspiration for his photographic journeys below.

 

 

 

 

 

“Morning Trek to Water” Photograph © 2021 Paul Murray. All Rights Reserved.

 

A daily dawn trek to the watering hole is the reality of life for these zebras.

“Staying instinctive, remaining vigilant and working the opportunity are critical. When in doubt, I do something different or unexpected.”

 

 

 

Exploring Antarctica 2011. © 2021 Paul Murray. All Rights Reserved.

 

“To the extent that my images enrich the experience and vision of others, I feel that I have achieved a way of communicating that is unique to me as a photographer.”

 

 

 

 

Exploring the Arctic

 

As global warming increases, the Arctic and its inhabitants are in danger. The melting of sea ice shrinks the area in which polar bears and walruses can hunt and take shelter. Even to the extent the refreezing occurs, the ice is less stable and still covers a smaller area.

 

 

“A Family Float” Photograph © 2021 Paul Murray. All Rights Reserved.

In the Arctic, ice floats offers walruses a safer alternative to land for rest and access to food.

“Often the story telling aspects of the photographic art form capture my attention and motivate a series of related images.”

 

 

“My World” Photograph © 2021 Paul Murray. All Rights Reserved.

The sea ice in the Arctic is shrinking as global warming increases. That creates a serious problem for polar bears.

 

 

 

 

“A Whale for a Snack” Photograph © 2021 Paul Murray. All Rights Reserved.

 

 

In the far Norwegian Arctic, food is scarcer than it has been ever. Polar bears try to get every bit of food from whatever they catch or encounter.

 

 

 

 

“I’m Still Hungry” Photograph © 2021 Paul Murray. All Rights Reserved.

 

For this high-end predator, food is a continual challenge. A polar bear consumes about 43 seals a year, but the polar bear can only hunt for a part of that year. Not only is weather and cold an issue, but the Polar winter brings total darkness.

 

 

 

 

“Forced to Land” Photograph © 2021 Paul Murray. All Rights Reserved.

 

When forced to land, polar bears face a much tougher challenge in getting food. Seals are not there. In their quest for food, the bears sometimes end up in villages. That is not a winning strategy for the bear.

 

 

 

Photographic Journeys in Namibia

 

 

In southwest Africa, Namibia is a challenging land where adaptation is necessary for survival, the country’s summer sun is strong, and water is scarce. Enormous sand dunes rise from clay-caked, dry river pans. Despite the dryness and heat, trees and grasses find enough water and nutrients to grow. For the wild animals like giraffes and zebras, the watering holes are essential to daily life, and the trips to them are slow, dusty, and dangerous.

 

 

 

 

“Watering with a Flair’ Photograph © 2021 Paul Murray. All Rights Reserved.

 

For most life, water is essential. Often giraffes acquire it with a flair at a watering hole at dawn.

 

 

“Color, light, and gesture are important elements in my work.”

 

 

My use of these varies intrinsically across landscapes, nature, people, and culture. My choices of timing, perspective, and composition are intended to draw the viewer into the setting and moment. Often, I try to pattern my pursuit of opportunities to the natural tempo of what I see.

Although my perspective is predominantly reality-based, I acknowledge not only the subjective nature of what I portray in my images, but an interest in pursuing at times more abstract images.

 

 

 

 

“Enormity” Photograph © 2021 Paul Murray. All Rights Reserved.

 

As these Namibia dunes rise sharply from the dry riverbed to great heights, the setting sun creates intriguing light gradients and sharp shadows across their wind-swept surface and breaks.

 

 

 

“Power” Photograph © 2021 Paul Murray. All Rights Reserved.

 

Traveling in herds, elephants are a dominant and powerful presence wherever they are.

 

“Alert” Photograph © 2021 Paul Murray. All Rights Reserved.

 

 

One of the smallest members of the antelope family, dik-diks, live predominately on plants. Given their small stature, their alertness and speed are important advantages in their survival.

 

 

Why Paul Entered the ENDANGERED Fine Art & Photography Contest:

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“In creating art, I try to remain open to possibilities, trust my instincts, and discard labels that are divisive. I use technology to increase my creative options and productivity, but not to replace my vision and responsibility. While not intending to create a style, others tell me they perceive one although descriptions of that style often vary. I feel this indicates my art has been well-considered and engages viewers in unique ways”.

 

 

 

 

© 2021 Paul Murray. All Rights Reserved.

 

 

“As an artist, I hope my images engage the viewer’s attention and interest, and perhaps enrich their experience and vision. To the extent this happens, I feel my art communicates in a way that is unique to me”.

 

 

 

To see more of Paul’s work: https://www.harmonicthreads.com

ENDANGERED Fine Art & Photography Contest 2021

ENTER NOW

 CLOSING  DATE:  September 23, 2021

https://www.juriedartservices.com/index.php? content=event_info&event_id=1767

ENDANGERED Online!

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Questions? Lindsey@Art4Apes.com

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

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View Current ENDANGERED Fine Art and Photography Exhibit Through December 31, Meet Artist-In-Resident Geraldine Simmons, Applications For 2021 Exhibit Are Now Open

ENDANGERED Art4Apes Fine Art & Photography Contest encourages artists and photographers who are committed to and focused on using their talent to support wildlife and the environment. View the current exhibit in the virtual gallery through December 31,2020. 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 Geraldine Simmons, our Virtual Artist-In-Residence and more details of how to apply for the 2021 Exhibit!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Contest Winners now posted https://www.art4apes.com/blog

ENDANGERED ONLINE

Exhibit Is Open until 31 December, 2020

https://www.art4apes.com/endangered-online

Questions? Lindsey@Art4Apes.com

 

 

 

 

VIRTUAL ARTIST in RESIDENCE

November 2020

 

 

Geraldine Simmons AFC

 

Animal portrait artist, traveler and conservation supporter

Signature member of Artists for Conservationand International Society of Scratchboard Artists

Based in Sydney, Australia

 

 

 

 

 

“What’s My Future?” Colored Pencil © 2020 Geraldine Simmons. All Rights Reserved.

 

 

 

“I would love it if “endangered species” became a term that we didn’t hear anymore.

 

Something needs to change. Change is possible.

Change is scary and right now we really don’t have a choice… ”

Geraldine discusses her art and inspiration below. To see more of her wonderful work visit www.geraldineswildlifeart.com

 

 

 

 

Geraldine Simmons Photograph © 2020 Geraldine Simmons. All Rights Reserved.

 

 

“During my travels in the deep jungles of Borneo, the eyes of the orangutans struck me.”

 

 

This was the catalyst for my mission to raise funds and awareness for endangered wildlife. At the time, I had the amazing opportunity to visit the rehabilitation centre for orangutans.

 

 

 

 

“Hanging On For Dear Life” Pastels © 2020 Geraldine Simmons. All Rights Reserved.

 

 

I remember how heavy and steamy the air was as I walked towards one of the enclosures. The heaviness eased as my eyes met the most loving, big brown eyes I had ever seen. These eyes captivated me. The love shining from her eyes was the key to unlocking the personality and sentience that I burn to express through each of my works.

 

 

 

 

 

“Not Many Of Us” Pastels. © 2020 Geraldine Simmons. All Rights Reserved.

 

 

“When I draw, the eyes are what I notice first.

They mesmerise me.”

 

 

Once I have drawn the eyes, the rest of my work follows. I aspire to show not just an “animal” but a living, breathing being who shows intelligence and has feelings – who belongs to a family and plays an essential role within our ecology that balances our intricate web of life.

Before I start, I take time to connect with the animals and imagine being in their world – to listen to them so I can tell their story. I take all the time and care I need to perfect each mark I make. This is my way of honouring their story and respecting them at the deepest level of my being. It’s a slow and deliberate process that unfolds one stroke at a time.

 

“We are living at a tipping point for nature at this stage in our history and as a matter of urgency I feel we need to heal our broken relationship with it and treat ourselves and all living things as one big family.”

 

 

 

 

“Hold On Tight” Scratchboard. © 2020 Geraldine Simmons. All Rights Reserved.

 

 

 

I realised that when an animal looks at you or you witness them looking at each other, you can see there’s no judgement, opinions or need to compare or compete. They show us how to just “be” and that is one of the main reasons why I focus on primates as my main subjects. They teach us how to connect with our hearts. Respect, trust and connection are instinctive to them. These are the very qualities that mankind needs to embrace and stop exploiting if we are to protect and conserve the bio-diversity that sustains us all.

 

 

I feel so blessed to express myself through my wildlife portraits; to reach others through the beauty and innocence that shine from an animal’s eyes. No matter which species I draw it feels only natural to me to portray sensitivity as a common denominator; something that animals don’t hide and inspires us to re-connect.

 

 

 

 

“The Face Washer” Scratchboard. © 2020 Geraldine Simmons. All Rights Reserved.

 

 

When people view my work I hope they are drawn in by some quality that they admire and can connect with. For thousands of years mankind has turned to animals for inspiration, to give us strength and hope, and to lift us up. In what appears to be such a chaotic, competitive and aggressive world I hope my work some how softens that blow.

 

 

 

 

“Bear Hug” Scratchboard. © 2020 Geraldine Simmons. All Rights Reserved.

 

 

“Conservation is so important to me because the thought and very real possibility of living on a planet that is unsustainable and devoid of the life force that nature gives us is simply not an option.”

 

 

 

Life on our planet is dependent on us respecting the perfect balance of our ecosystems that includes all of our beautiful wildlife and every single living thing; no matter how large or small, that is sustaining our web of life. We must leave them alone and give them the space they need to do their job of keeping themselves, and in the end – us alive.”

 

 

 

 

“On For The Ride” Pastels. © 2020 Geraldine Simmons. All Rights Reserved.

 

 

Why Geraldine Entered the ENDANGERED Fine Art & Photography Contest

 

 

When I open an email and learn about elephant populations plummeting even further as a result of the illegal ivory trade, rampant deforestation, wildfires, the slaughter of hundreds of thousands of innocent pangolins to make shoes, handbags or served as a delicacy, sharks losing their lives only for their fins to made into shark fin soup, or a defenceless baby chimp or orangutan ripped away from its mother to be sold as a pet – initially I feel so shocked I shut down and even feel nauseous.

 

 

 

 

“Ninety-five Percent” Scratchboard. © 2020 Geraldine Simmons. All Rights Reserved.

 

 

 

I feel like these situations have gone so far that it’s out of my depth to do anything. I take some deep breaths and realise maybe, just maybe, there is hope to turn things around. This is where exceptional organisations like the Centre for Great Apes make such a difference through the ENDANGERED Fine Art & Photography Contest whose mission is to raise funds and awareness about the plight of endangered species. That’s why I support them. Knowing that all funds raised are giving rescued chimps and orangutans a peaceful and safe environment in which to live and be themselves inspires me to enter.

 

How Can Artists Help?

 

As visual artists we have a powerful platform to move and educate others on the plight of animals that are on the brink of extinction. During these times of uncertainty and change I believe we have an opportunity to raise more awareness and encourage the conversations that will inspire people into taking action to preserve these beautiful, magnificent animals and their habitats. These animals need a voice and we can be their voice.

 

 

“I know it can seem overwhelming knowing about or even witnessing the rampant environmental destruction and massive loss of species but we are needed now more than ever to reach as many people as possible!”

 

 

 

 

“Pensive” Scratchboard. © 2020 Geraldine Simmons. All Rights Reserved.

 

 

See more of Geraldine’s work at:www.geraldineswildlifeart.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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International ENDANGERED Art4Apes Fine Art & Photography Exhibit Opens Online Today Through December 31, 2020 With Over 400 Works Of Art

The International ENDANGERED Fine Art & Photography Exhibition has moved online. Normally held in Miami during Art Basel Week, now you will be able to view “ENDANGERED Online!”.  Focusing our attention on the plight of endangered and threatened species/habitats, ENDANGERED offers a Free virtual experience for the 2020 event. The Free virtual exhibit is available from November 1 through December 31, 2020.  The Rickie Report shares some sneak peeks of the Award Winners and links to view the entire  exhibition.  PLUS:  ENDANGERED Fine Art & Photography 2021 Contest Opens December 1, 2020!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ENDANGERED   Online!

 

Exhibition   details   &   Prizewinners

 

ENDANGERED Fine Art & Photography Contest 2020

 

2021 Contest opens December 1st

 

 

International Art Exhibition Moves Online During Covid Crisis

 

Endangered Exhibit, Usually Held in Miami During Art Basel Week, Will Offer Virtual Viewing of Award-Winning Entries and More!

 

ENDANGERED Online! The annual ENDANGERED: Art4Apes Fine Art and Photography Exhibition, which focuses attention on the plight of endangered and threatened species/habitats, will offer a virtual experience for the 2020 event. The virtual exhibit will be available from November 1 through December 31, 2020. To view the winners and exhibit, visit https://www.art4apes.com/endangered-online

 

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“Due to the coronavirus pandemic, we moved the exhibition online to protect our artists, buyers, visitors and volunteers,” stated Art4Apes founder and director Lindsey Matheson, “While we will miss the thrill of showcasing these incredible works of art during Miami Art Week, we feel the benefit of being online this year will allow even more people to view the pieces and support the program.”

 

The online exhibition features the 2020 entries to the ENDANGERED Fine Art & Photography Contest. More than 400 works by almost 200 new and established artists from around the world will be available for viewing. There is no charge to view the four virtual galleries. Artists are generously donating at least 30% of the selling price of their work to help the Center for Great Apes, a Florida-based sanctuary for rescued orangutans and chimpanzees in need of lifetime care.

 

 

 

 

Click HERE to see video of the Prizewinners and Highly Commended Gallery sponsored by Shechter & Associates

 

 

Congratulations to the Prizewinners

ENDANGERED Fine Art & Photography Contest 2020

We are pleased to announce our 2020 Prizewinners.

Congratulations to them all!

Thanks to our judges Jamie Rappaport Clark, Taryn Möller and Mark Edward Harris.

Thanks to Paul Fisher and Juried Art Services for all their help.

 

 

 

Fine   Art   Category:

 

 

 

1st Prize

 Karla Mann. “Cautious Descent” Oil painting. ©2020 All Rights Reserved

 

 

 

2nd Prize

Lucy Dickens. “A Sense of Eden” Oil painting. ©2020 All Rights Reserved

 

 

 

 

3rd Prize

Robin Huffman “Leonie” Acrylic painting. ©2020 All Rights Reserved

 

 

 

Fine   Art   Photography   Category

 

 

 

1st Prize:

John Hartung “The Thinker” ©2020 All Rights Reserved

 

 

 

 

 

2nd Prize:

Amy Perlman “Anticipation”  ©2020 All Rights Reserved

 

 

 

 

3rd Prize:  

Michelle Kranz “Focus” ©2020 All Rights Reserved

 

 

 

Young   Artists   Category

 

 

1st Prize:

Gavin Minard (17) “Sunshine and Cahaya” Pencil crayon drawing. ©2020 All Rights Reserved

 

 

 

 

2nd Prize:

Petra Demas (10) “Endangered Sei Whale Breaching” Pencil & marker pens. ©2020 All Rights Reserved

 

 

 

 

3rd Prize:

Raegan Bowser (13) “Swimming the World” Old map, colored pencil, ink. ©2020 All Rights Reserved

 

 

 

 

 

ENDANGERED Fine Art & Photography Contest 2021: Opens December 1st 2020!

 

 

 

Artists interested in entering the 2021 contest can enter online at Art4Apes.com from 1st December 2020.

Entries are accepted in three categories:

Fine Art (including sculpture, jewelry and wearable art)

Photography

 Young Artists

Submissions should interpret “endangered,” as it applies to animals, plants, nature or the environment. Artwork should either celebrate the beauty or illustrate threats facing endangered/threatened species or habitats. Proceeds from this contest and exhibition benefit the Center for Great Apes, an award-winning, Florida-based, 501(c)(3) registered sanctuary for orangutans and chimpanzees.

 

For more information about the ENDANGERED: Art4Apes Fine Art and Photography Contest and Exhibition, visit Art4Apes.com.

About ENDANGERED: Art4Apes:

The ENDANGERED: Art4Apes Fine Art and Photography Contest, was launched in 2013 to raise awareness of issues facing animals and the environment. The contest receives entries from all over the world. Entry fees and proceeds support the Center for Great Apes, a 501(c)3 registered non-profit sanctuary for orangutans and chimpanzees. For more information about the ENDANGERED: Art4Apes Fine Art & Photography Contest and Exhibition visit https://art4apes.com

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Questions? Lindsey@Art4Apes.com

 

 

About the Center for Great Apes:

The Center for Great Apes is a 501(c)3 registered non-profit sanctuary for orangutans and chimpanzees. The Center for Great Apes’ mission is to provide a permanent sanctuary for orangutans and chimpanzees who have been rescued or retired from the entertainment industry, from research, or who are no longer wanted as pets. The Center provides care with dignity in a safe, healthy, and enriching environment for great apes in need of lifetime care. It is the only orangutan sanctuary in North America and one of the leading chimpanzee sanctuaries in the world. The Center receives no government funding and relies on memberships, donations, private grants and fundraising efforts to support this vital work. For more information please visit 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

Meet Crystal Alba: Vet Tech, Photographic Artist, Animal Advocate, Virtual Artist-In-Residence

While the ENDANGERED Art4Apes Fine Art & Photography Contest has reached its deadline, we continue to showcase those artists and photographers who are committed to and focused on using their talent to support wildlife and the environment. Crystal Alba is a multitasker par excellence!  The Virtual Artist in Residence for October, 2020 is a Vet tech, animal advocate and photographic artist based in Chattanooga, TN.  The Rickie Report shares her poignant photographs and her story. The Contest Results will be published soon, as the ENDANGERED ONLINE exhibition opens November 1st!  We’ll share the details!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MEET:  

 

 

CRYSTAL    ALBA

 

 

October, 2020   Virtual   Artist   In   Residence

 

 

 

 

https://www.Art4Apes.com      

Questions? Lindsey@Art4Apes.com

 

 

 

Crystal Alba tells The Rickie Report, “My mission is to see each animal as an individual and capture them in a way that makes people connect with them.”  As we looked at her photos, they seem like a family album: intimate, personal, and telling a story through the eyes of her subjects. We present a taste of Crystal’s work. To see more visit http://crystalalba.com

 

 

 

 

 

“Chimpanzee Portrait” © 2020 Crystal Alba. All Rights Reserved.

 

 

Crystal says, “Capturing the unique faces and personalities of these complex individuals has become very important to me. I like to photograph them as I would take human portraits. I think it helps people see how similar we are to our distant cousins. As an endangered species, chimpanzees need our help. Showing their “human” side is important to connect with people who might otherwise have no interest. I’ve met almost 100 chimpanzees and no two have been the same. They can be incredibly kind, curious, intelligent, friendly and generous. My portraits are an attempt to share that with the world.”

 

 

 

 

Photograph of the artist. © 2020 Crystal Alba. All Rights Reserved.

 

 

Crystal’s goal is to show the world how she sees chimpanzees: as social, intelligent, emotional, and quirky individuals. “Even if one person feels compelled to help one chimpanzee because they saw something in a portrait that moved them, I feel that I have succeeded in my mission as a photographer.”

 

 

 

 

“Peacemaker and Instigator” © 2020 Crystal Alba. All Rights Reserved.

 

 

 

 

“Without connection, people aren’t moved to take action. Chimpanzees, who can live 50+ years in captivity, need more advocates speaking out for them, donating to them, and helping them however possible. This is why I began focusing on close-up intimate portraits of them.”

 

 

 

 

 

“Grooming” © 2020 Crystal Alba. All Rights Reserved.

 

 

 

“Grooming is important among chimpanzee social groups as it helps to build and strengthen bonds, diffuse tense situations, and it’s important for hygiene. Chimpanzee grooming sessions are often accompanied by noises like raspberries and lip smacking. If a chimpanzee has a new wound, no matter how minor, it is usually the focus of the grooming.”

 

 

 

 

“Rest” © 2020 Crystal Alba. All Rights Reserved.

 

 

 

“Chimpanzees nap a lot. One of my favorite things was quietly photographing them as they drifted off to sleep. I don’t think people really get to see sleeping chimpanzees when visiting zoos or watching them on TV. It’s a special moment, when their guard is totally down. Chimpanzees often sleep with their friends, sometimes with arms thrown over each other, or with this subject, in a quiet spot by herself.”

 

“Portrait of an Alpha Female” © 2020 Crystal Alba. All Rights Reserved.

 

 

“This is an older chimpanzee, the highest ranking female in her group. A force to be reckoned with, she is larger than many of the males. She uses many methods to sway others to take her side.”

 

 

“Mischievous” © 2020 Crystal Alba. All Rights Reserved.

 

 

 

 

“This young chimpanzee is the smallest female in her group. She uses her size to her advantage and gets the higher ranking chimpanzees to back her up. For a while, she was allowed to eat with the highest-ranking females in her group. She enjoys starting things with the other younger ones, sometimes running up and hitting or pestering them because she knows she’ll get away with it. She also forms close friendships. Once, when one of her closest friends refused to leave the outdoor area overnight, she stayed outside with her and kept her company until the next morning.”

 

 

 

“Food Peering” © 2020 Crystal Alba. All Rights Reserved.

 

 

 

“Food peering is one of my favorite chimpanzee behaviors. If a chimpanzee is eating something special or new or high value, others will gather round and put their faces right up in the face of the one who is eating. They are either inspecting the food or begging to share depending on the situation.”

 

 

 

See more of Crystal’s work at: http://crystalalba.com

 

 

 

 

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 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

 

 

 

 

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

“ENDANGERED” Features Fine Art & Photography Exhibit At Pinecrest Gardens Plus Speakers, Workshops And Young Artists Community Painting Project December 4-7

The 2019 “ENDANGERED” Fine Art & Photography Exhibition Opening Reception takes place on Wednesday, December 4 with more programs through December 7. A new venue, Pinecrest Gardens, will host, showing 2D and 3D artworks by leading artists and photographers focusing on their interpretation of “ENDANGERED”.  The public is welcome to the Opening Reception, Artist Demonstrations, a Community Painting Project, Speakers, and mini-workshops. Highlighted guests includeRon Magill, Patti Ragan, Rickie Leiter, Dede Lyons, and Phoenix Marks.  Join in the celebration of wildlife by leading artists and photographers from all over the world!  The Rickie Report shares the details, some sneak peeks.  See you there!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Presents:

 

 

“ENDANGERED”

Fine Art & Photography Exhibition 2019

 

 

 

Fabulous Art and Photography of nature and wildlife

December 4 – 7, 2019

2  –  9 pm daily

 

 

Enjoy Miami Club Rum Cocktails & CanAPES

6 pm each evening

 

 

The Historic Entrance

Pinecrest Gardens

11000 Red Rd       Pinecrest, Florida 33156

 

 

Join us for an amazing exhibition in

Pinecrest Gardens!

We’d love to meet you!

 

 

 

 

 

S P E C I A L     E V E N T S:

 

 

 

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 4

6.30 – 7.30  pm

 

 

 

Ron Magill & Phantom

 

Ron Magill speaks!

From Butterflies to Penguins – the Beauty of Extremes in Nature

 

Limited seating available

 

FRIDAY, DECEMBER  6

4 – 7 pm

 

Orangutan in Tanjung Puting National Park. Borneo. Indonesia

 

 

Meet Patti Ragan

6 pm Cocktails & Update on CGA 

SATURDAY, DECEMBER  7

 

 

 

10 – 12.30  Young Artists Workshop

Young artists up to 19 years old are encouraged to take part in a community painting project.

 

 

1 -2 pm  Rickie Leiter shares her secrets!

Networking for Artists

 

 

 

 

 

 

2 – 2.30  Dede Lyons discusses 

Marketing Your Art: Creating your 30 second elevator pitch.  

Light refreshments

 

 

 

Photo by Phoenix 

 

 

5-6 pm  Intrepid nature photographer, Phoenix, presents:

How I Got That Shot!  

Limited seating available

 

 

 

 

 

Proceeds benefit the Center for Great Apes

 

Full Program of Events: https://www.art4apes.com

Questions? Lindsey@Art4Apes.com

 

Proceeds:

All proceeds from the exhibition support the Center for Great Apes, a 501(c)(3) registered non-profit organization. The Center for Great Apes’ mission is to provide a permanent sanctuary for orangutans and chimpanzees who have been rescued or retired from the entertainment industry, from research, or who are no longer wanted as pets. The Center provides care with dignity in a safe, healthy, and enriching environment for great apes in need of lifetime care. Please visit their website to learn more http://www.CenterForGreatApes.org.

 

 

With grateful thanks to our generous sponsors!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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