Noelle McCarthy’s Endless Curiosity With Nature Can Be Seen At New Solo Exhibit At Eissey Campus Theatre Lobby Gallery In Palm Beach Gardens

Noelle McCarthy‘s “A Tribute to Nature” a Solo Art Exhibit brings the viewer up close with some stunning images. The Eissey Campus Theatre Lobby Gallery  exhibit opens April 2 and runs through May 1, 2022.  From her colorations to her innate understanding of her subjects, this Free Exhibit is not to be missed!  The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Noelle McCarthy, based in Delray Beach, FL. was born and raised in Clifden, Ireland, a small rural town on Ireland’s remote and rugged west coast known as “The Wild Atlantic Way”.  As a child she was surrounded by nature, many pets, seaside trips, mushroom picking in the fields with her Dad, and Sunday drives in the countryside with her Mom.  “I was captivated by art and any type of creativity at school, although art classes were few and far between.  In my teens, I was immersed in the horse culture going to shows and enjoying rides in the woods and open fields in Graiguenamanagh.  I later moved to Dublin to work as a Secretary and attend the College of Marketing and Design at night.  Wanderlust struck and then I just had to travel and did so for years, starting by working in Paris, London, Asia, Thailand and Australia and eventually ended up settling in the US”.

 

 

 

 

 

“Cactus Sunburst” by Noelle McCarthy

 

 

 

Her interest in art blossomed during classes with Talin Lyman.  With a curiosity and deep connection with nature, her mission is to bring awareness to the need to protect and preserve wildlife and their habitats. Noelle’s first commission was to paint 100 Hibiscus Blooms for the remodel of The Colony Hotel in Palm Beach, FL. A regular in Juried Group Art Exhibits, this is Noelle’s first Solo Exhibition – “A Tribute to Nature”.

 

 

 

 

Noelle tells The Rickie Report, ” With each painting there is always something that catches my eye, whether it is a pose or stance, striking color, or composition. My paintings are very personal and related to a meaningful worthy cause. The emotion can be empathy towards an animal and my desire to help, or it can be just a peaceful scene that I don’t want to leave behind.  As I explore the natural world I anticipate what my next creation will be.   Each painting is like an extension of me and there’s no better honor than for others to see or feel what I am trying to convey while appreciating nature’s beauty.  I want viewers to be touched by an inner connection that translates to their own lives.”

 

 

 

“Flamingo Stand Tall” by Noelle McCarthy

 

 

 

Working and traveling throughout Europe, Asia and Australia provided her with influences of diverse landscapes. Noelle loves the adventure of exploring and trips to the Everglades, Wildlife Refuges and Sanctuaries provide endless inspiration. She paints en plein air on Everglades Day annually at Arthur R. Marshall National Wildlife Refuge and takes part in Endangered Exhibitions supporting wildlife organizations.  She shares, “I participate annually in the Center for Great Apes Endangered Art Contest, to promote and support their efforts to save animals”.

 

 

 

Painting in acrylic works well for her as it allows Noelle to paint boldly and vibrantly (and she likes that it dries quickly, so that colors can be layered with less wait time and with more control of the texture and consistency). Noelle’s painting compositions vary from up close and personal, to wide open landscapes leading you in. She is drawn to color, flow and movement and her style is Interpretative Realism sharing highly detailed subjects, but her work remains Expressive.  Attending an Artist Residency at Desert Mountain Retreat in New Mexico provided peace, solitude and much inspiration while experiencing the landscape of Georgia O’Keefe who she admires, along with South African wildlife artist, James Stroud.

 

 

 

“New Year’s Sunrise” by Noelle McCarthy

 

 

Noelle was featured in New Times “10 Best Visual Artists in Palm Beach County” and most recently featured in “Art Adventures of the Palm Beaches ‐ The Art of Making Place” TV show and currently LIVE “Creativity Takes Flight” show on PBC TV Channel 20. She is a member of  Artists of Palm Beach County, Plein Air Palm Beach Meet Ups, Cultural Council of Palm Beach County, and Friends of Arthur R. Marshall National Wildlife Refuge.

 

 

 

“Home Sweet Osprey” by Noelle McCarthy

 

 

 

Noelle’s artwork can be seen at the The FLOW Exhibition at Palm Beach International Airport Art Gallery through June 13, 2022 – celebrating the beauty, mystery, joy and life-sustaining benefits there are to experience throughout Palm Beach County’s diverse aquatic ecosystems. She is also in the Member’s Exhibit, Artists of Palm Beach County at Artworks, Northwood, now through April 11, 2022.

 

 

Awards:

 

  • 2019 at Arthur R. Marshall National Wildlife Refuge Annual “Loxahatchee Visions” Art Contest (Judge’s Honorable Mention for “New Year’s Sunset”).
  • 2019 at Artists of Palm Beach County “Members Exhibit” (Judge’s Honorable Mention for “Great Falls Reflections” and Featured Artist in  “Members Choice” Exhibit – for “Elephants in the Wild” & “Malayan Tiger”)
  • 2020 during the pandemic, “Home Away from Home” and “Chicklet” created during quarantine were incorporated into “Alone Together” a Corona Crisis Collage Exhibit by Artist Sharon Koskoff, a 164 piece collage mural at The Cultural Council of Palm Beach County.  Prints were sold to support the Council’s Artist Relief Fund. The collage can be seen “In Person” for the first time at Hatch 1121, LULA Art Gallery April 29 – June 13, 2022.
  • 2020 “Koala Care” in the Endangered Online Exhibition (Highly Commended Gallery).

 

 

 

For more information about this exhibit or to see Noelle’s other artworks:

 

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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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ENDANGERED Art4Apes Contest Announces Deadline Extension To Thursday, September 30, 2021. World Wide Call For Fine Art, Photography, Wearable Art. Youth Entries Are Free

The Rickie Report shares 2 Special Announcements about “ENDANGERED Art4Apes Fine Art & Photography Contest 2021!  The deadline has been extended to Thursday, September 30. Thanks to the generous sponsorship by Watkins PR, the Young Artists (Birthdays on or after October 1st, 2002) enter FREE! The Rickie Report shares sneak peeks of some new entries and all of the details. Educators – class submissions are welcome

 

 

 

 

D e a d l i n e     E x t e n s i o n!

 

Thursday, September 30, 2021

(midnight Pacific Time)

 

 

ENTER NOW!

 

Questions? Lindsey@Art4Apes.com

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ENDANGERED

Fine Art & Photography Contest 2021

 

 

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 and Fine Art Photography

 

 

 

“In it Together” Oil painting by Gisela Pferdekamper ©2021 All Rights Reserved.

 

 

Each entry of a single image must be accompanied by a donation of $25 USD that goes directly to the Center for Great Apes

 

 

“Giraffe Family” Photograph © 2021 H. Allen Benowitz. All Rights Reserved

 

Cash prizes totaling $3,250 will be awarded in both Fine Art and Fine Art Photography categories.

 

 

Contest rules can be downloaded here.

 

~  Young    Artists   Contest ~

 

 

Young Artists (Birthdays on or after October 1, 2002) enter FREE thanks to generous sponsorship by Watkins PR.

 

 

Cash prizes totaling $500 USD will be awarded in the Young Artists Contest

 

 

PLUS:

People’s Choice Award $100

Best work featuring an ape or monkey $50 Best work featuring a big cat $50

Rising Star Awards for the best artists submitting 3 or more pieces of work: 4 additional social media posts, special certificate of merit, dedicated web page, and a feature in our monthly newsletter.

Every participant receives a certificate!

 

All entries will be shown on the Art4Apes website, social media, and will feature in our Online Exhibition from November to December 2021.

 

 

Contest rules can be downloaded here.

 

 

 

“African Elephant Rhapsody” © 2021 Petra Demas age 11 years. All Rights Reserved.

 

Online Exhibition:

November 1st – December 31st

 

We have developed an exciting virtual exhibition to run from November 1 to December 31, 2021. Prizewinners and Jury scores (and fit with the theme) will get the best positions for the full duration of the show. 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).
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 2021 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. Click for full details.

 

 

Help    the    Apes!

 

 

 

The ENDANGERED Fine Art & Photography Contest benefits CGA.

Entry fees go directly to CGA

 

 

Click to Enter Contest

 

 

Questions? Lindsey@Art4Apes.com

 

 

 

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ENDANGERED Art4Apes Is Calling Young Artists To Submit FREE Entries For Annual Exhibition. Deadline To Enter Is September 23, 2021.

ENDANGERED Art4Apes is CALLING YOUNG ARTISTS whose birthdays are on or after October 1, 2002.  Submit a photo of your creations, including fine art, sculpture, photography, or wearable art to enter this virtual, international competition at NO CHARGE!  All entries are eligible for cash prizes and more! The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks of some current entries.  NOTE:  The $5. fee to enter has been waived for the first 200 entries! Thank you to the generous sponsor. Working together, we can make a difference in our world! DEADLINE IS SEPTEMBER 23, 2021

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Submit a photo of your work:

 

 

Fine Art, Sculpture, Photography, Wearable Art

Entries will be judged by a panel of 3 experts.

 

E  N  T  E  R          C  O  N  T  E  S  T

 

We accept individual or class/group entries.

 

Educators, please contact Lindsey@Art4Apes.com for special rates for a whole class to enter.

 

 

 

 

“Pandas”  Watercolor by Zichen Hong ©2021 All Rights Reserved.

 

 

The first 200 entries have been sponsored so it is FREE to enter!

 

 

But    e n t e r    s o o n!

 

 

After the first 200 entries, there is a $5 donation required.

 

 

 

 

“Black Rhinoceros”  Charcoal by Allison Gimbal ©2021 All Rights Reserved.

 

 

 

Prizes:

Juried Contest:

 

First Prize $250

Second Prize $150

Third Prize $100

Other Awards:

People’s Choice Award $100

Best work featuring an ape or monkey $50

Best work featuring a big cat $50

 

 

 

 

Rising Star Awards for the best artists submitting 3 or more pieces of work: 4 additional social media posts, special certificate of merit, dedicated web page, and a feature in our monthly newsletter.

Every    participant    receives    a    certificate!

 

 

All entries will be shown on the Art4Apes website, social media, and will feature in our Online Exhibition from November to December 2021.

 

 

 

 

 

“Elephant collage” by Sophia Naziazeni ©2021 All Rights Reserved.

 

 

 

H E L P     T H E     A P E S!

 

 

 

Proceeds, including entry fees, go to the Center for Great Apes, a Florida-based, award-winning, non-profit sanctuary for orangutans and chimpanzees.

 

 

 

Questions? Lindsey@Art4Apes.com.  

 

 

Contest rules can be downloaded here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Questions? Lindsey@Art4Apes.com

 

 

 

“Sea Turtle”  Drawing by Elise Dexters ©2021 All Rights Reserved.

 

 

 

 

Click   to   Enter   Contest 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The ENDANGERED Fine Art & Photography Contest benefits CGA.  Entry fees go directly to CGA

https://www.centerforgreatapes.org

 

 

Click    to    Enter    Contest 

 

 

Questions? Lindsey@Art4Apes.com

 

 

 

 

 

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ENDANGERED: Art4Apes Supports Artists And Photographers Who Use Their Talent And Creativity To Help Wildlife And The Environment.  Applications Are Now Open For International Call To Artists

The International ENDANGERED Fine Art & Photography Exhibition 2021 is now open for entries. Focusing 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 shares some sneak peeks from previous artists and details of how to apply for the 2021 Exhibit!

 

 

 

 

VIRTUAL    ARTIST   in   RESIDENCE    Program   2021

ENDANGERED: Art4Apes wants to encourage and support those artists and photographers who are committed to using their talent and creativity to help wildlife and the environment.  

 

 

 

“The Last Leaf”,  Photograph by Renee Rivard, VAiR candidate 2020   ©2021 All Rights Reserved

 

 

 

We are looking for artists and photographers with a body of high caliber work focused on endangered or threatened species or habitats.  

 

 

 

 

 

“Great Migration”  Oil Painting by Shay Davis, ENDANGERED Fine Art & Photography Contest 2021 entry©2021 All Rights Reserved  

 

 

 

 

Each month, from March to October, one artist and one photographer will be selected as Virtual Artists in Residence and will be given a month of promotion to help get their work in front of as many people as we can.  

 

 

 

 

 

“In Her Eyes”  Photograph by Katie Murray,  VAiR for August 2020 ©2021 All Rights Reserved

 

 

 

We   offer   the   VAiRs:

 

 

  • A 2 artist online show (one artist, one photographer) in our ENDANGERED Online! Gallery for one month.  It will feature up to 9 pieces of your work with brief descriptions.

  • A dedicated page on the Art4Apes website, featuring a personal message about your art and commitment to wildlife and the environment.  You may also include a short bio and artist statement.  We can show up to 10 images of your work.  

  • Weekly social media posts featuring your images on Facebook and Instagram for one month

  • An online YouTube interview discussing your art/images will be posted to the Art4Apes YouTube channel

  • We will design a custom e-flyer for you to send to clients and contacts

  • You will be featured in our monthly email newsletter.  

 

 

 

 

 

“Cuddle Scene 1”  Oil painting by Sai Lev, Fine Art VAiR March 2021©2021 All Rights Reserved

 

 

Eligibility – Submit 3 or more entries:

 

 

 

 

Each month the curatorial committee of Art4Apes will select one artist and one photographer from the pool who have submitted 3 or more entries to the ENDANGERED Fine Art & Photography Contest 2021. The committee will be looking for quality of work and the best interpretation of the theme of the contest. 

 

 

 

 

 

“Whiteout”  Photograph by Phoenix, Photography VAiR March 2021©2021 All Rights Reserved

 

 

 

 

All entries will be eligible for the contest prizes and places in the annual online exhibition in November and December.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

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!

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

Questions? Lindsey@Art4Apes.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

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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:

Click for VIDEO

 

 

 

“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!

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

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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Clyde Butcher’s “American Everglades” Exhibit Evokes The Beauty Surrounding Us. Arts Council Of Martin County Honors This Photographic Visionary Now Through March 13.

One of the country’s most honored photographers, Clyde Butcher, is being featured at the Court House Cultural Center NOW through March 13. His “America’s Everglades Exhibit”, presented by the Arts Council of Martin County, is a tribute to its 30 years of sharing art in the gallery and as a special tribute to Ansel Adams, who was featured in that first show.  The rugged and remote beauty of the Everglades is captured in these works which span more than three decades of foraging into dense swampland.  The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks.

 

 

 

 

 

 

THURSDAY,  JANUARY 21, 2021

 

5:30 – 7 PM

 

 

 

Virtual Meet & Greet with Clyde Butcher:

 

Thursday, February 11, 2021

2 PM

Zoom  Registration  required: www.MartinArts.org

 

 

Exhibit  runs  NOW  through  March 13, 2021

A donation of $5 is requested to support our exhibits and programs

 

 

Court   House   Cultural   Center

80 SE Ocean Blvd.,   Stuart, FL

Gallery Hours:

 Tuesday 10 am – 6 pm, Wednesday – Saturday 10 am – 4 pm

Covid-19 Safety guidelines are in place

A maximum of 20 people will be allowed in the gallery at one time. Visitors, staff, and vendors must wear face coverings/masks while indoors. Disposable face masks will be available. A 6-foot distance from others must be maintained.Hand sanitizer is available and frequently touched surfaces will be cleaned by staff throughout the day.

 

 

Clyde Butcher at Fakahatchee

 

 

The rugged and remote beauty of the Everglades is captured in these works which span over three decades of foraging into dense swampland. Delicate ecosystems, rare botanical specimens, and sweeping landscapes bring the wonder of this mysterious part of our country to light. The scale, extraordinary clarity and tonal range set his photographs apart as exceptional works of art, earning him recognition as the foremost landscape photographer in America today.

 

 

Close up of Clyde Butcher’s camera and a sample of the Exhibition

 

 

This expansive wilderness collection represents the many years Butcher spent exploring the remote regions of the Everglades, experiencing its changes. Shaped and sustained by seasonally flowing shallow water, the area is home to dozens of threatened and endangered species, massive flocks of wading birds, recovering populations of alligators, crocodiles, and millions of insects.

 

 

FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF ANSEL ADAMS

 

 

 

Clyde says, “Out west they have their mountains. We have our clouds.”

 

 

On January 13, 1991 the Court House Cultural Center welcomed a collection of Ansel Adams photographs loaned by the Mitsubishi Estate Collection. To honor that landmark of 30 years ago, the Gallery Committee of the Court House Cultural Center invited revered Florida black and white landscape photographer, Clyde Butcher, to exhibit at the Center.

 

Maria Miele remembers dragging her father to see that exhibit 30 years ago and how impressed she was at the prospect of such a renowned photographer on display in this small town.  She tells The Rickie Report, “As an Arts Council Board and Gallery Committee member, I am so proud to have helped to bring this Clyde Butcher exhibition to Stuart. It is a feeling of pride and personally, as an artist/photographer myself and as an art educator having taught many of our youth about Clyde’s contributions to the arts, it is so satisfying and most exciting! Clyde, known sometimes as “The Ansel Adams of the South”, has personal connection with our beautiful and fragile Florida ecosystems and waterways. I would encourage everyone to see the exhibit and drag their family and friends. This will be one for the record books.”

 

 

A Legendary Photographer and National Treasure

 

 

“Blowing Rocks”  by Clyde Butcher

 

The scale and extraordinary clarity of his work sets it apart as exceptional. In the tradition of the nineteenth-century Hudson River School painters, Clyde composes his works at pristine and untarnished locations across the United States, creating arresting compositions that distinctly mark him as the foremost landscape photographer in America today.

 

Clyde has been called the next Ansel Adams by Popular Photography magazine, awarded as a humanitarian for acting for the betterment of his community, and recognized as a conservationist for bringing issues to the forefront of public consciousness through his art. His photography transcends political boundaries, challenging us to work together to protect natural places across the globe.

 

Butcher’s journey began with a humble origin, born in Kansas City, MO. in 1942, the only child to a sheet-metal worker. As a child, he spent most of his Ume drawing boat designs and crafting ship prototypes from scrap metal. Butcher graduated with a degree in architecture from California Polytechnic State University. It was then that he discovered his inability to draw architectural designs. To rectify this he taught himself photography, enabling him to photograph (rather than draw) his architectural models for presentations. Unable to afford a store-bought camera, he made himself a crude, but dependable pinhole camera.

 

 

 

 

Niki Vogel and Clyde married in 1963. He saw an Ansel Adams Photography exhibit at Yosemite National Park, and was so impressed by Adams’ work that he began to photograph landscapes in black and white. Clyde left the architecture field in 1970 and began exhibiting his black and white photographs at art festivals.

 

In 1971 Clyde established his second business, Eye Encounter, Inc., and began selling his photographs as wall decor to department stores such as Montgomery Wards, J.C. Penny’s, and Sears. To enhance sales, he began to use color film, and also a 5ʺx7ʺ view camera. In addition to photographing landscapes in California, he also began to take pictures in Oregon, Washington, Wyoming, Ohio, and Hawaii. Eye Encounter became a multi-million-dollar business, employing more than 200 workers. Due to the stress of the business Clyde sold it in 1977. To regroup, he built a sailboat and trailered it across the country to Florida.

 

 

Clyde says, “I’d take a gator over a tick any day”

 

 

Clyde moved with his family to Ft. Lauderdale, FL and soon moved to Ft. Myers for a slower pace of life. Clyde began selling his color photographs of the American West at Florida art festivals. After briefly looking around Florida and not seeing anything to photograph, he began producing manipulated photographs with an outer-space theme.

 

In 1983 Clyde began photographing Florida beaches, still using color film. It wasn’t until a visit to Tom Gaskin’s Cypress Knee Museum in 1984, a roadside attraction in central Florida, that Clyde was introduced to a new side of Florida. He says, “After strolling on the boardwalk through a primeval cypress swamp, a whole new world was opened up for me”. Oscar Thompson, a Florida native, introduced Clyde to the “interior” of the Big Cypress National Preserve and the Everglades by taking Clyde on his first walk in to the swamp. After his immersion into the beauty he found so mysterious and primeval, Clyde was then inspired to take black and white photographs of the swamp.

 

 

 

 

Clyde Butcher says,”I hope that through my images people can see themselves in this beautiful ecosystem and understand it is worth saving.”

 

 

In 1986, after his 17 year old son Ted was killed by a drunk driver, Clyde found solace in the wilderness of the Big Cypress National Preserve, where the mysterious, spiritual experience of being close to nature helped to restore his soul. Resolving to relinquish his use of color photography, he destroyed his color work and vowed to use only black and white film. He purchased an 8ʺx10ʺ view camera and enlarger.

 

Although Butcher will always be identified with the Everglades, he is deeply committed to recording precious landscapes throughout the world. The beauty and importance of Butcher’s photography quickly earned him widespread recognition resulting in museum exhibits in the United States, an exhibit at the National Gallery of Art in Prague celebrating the new millennium, and a request by the United Nations to photograph the mountains of Cuba to celebrate The Year of the Mountains.

 

Butcher has completed six Public broadcasting programs on the environment of Florida, three of them award-winning documentaries. Much of his work can be seen in his numerous books including; America the beautiful, a table top collection of his work from across the United States, Big Cypress Swamp – The Western Everglades, Second edition, which features images from the Big Cypress Swamp where he and Niki made a home for 16 years, and celebrating America’s National Parks, Preserves, Monuments, recreation Areas. Dedicated to the employees of the National Parks, this book showcases Clyde’s stunning black and white photographs of parks ranging from the mountains of Montana to the swamps in the Everglades.

 

 

Clyde Butcher Exhibit Sneak Peek

 

 

Visit Virtually:

 

 

The mission of the Arts Council is to inspire participation in and a passion for the arts in our community. It serves as the local arts agency in Martin County.

For more information, visit www.martinarts.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

Join the Conversation:

Web: https://art4apes.com

Twitter: @art4apes

Facebook: facebook.com/art4apes

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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

 

 

 

 

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

ENDANGERED Art4Apes Fine Art & Photography Contest encourages those artists and photographers who are committed to and focused on using their talent to support wildlife and the environment. DEADLINE TO ENTER IS OCTOBER 7th. Artists and Photographers ages 9 and up can apply to this exhibition. The Virtual Artist in Residence Program is awarded monthly to the artist or photographer who has submitted 3 or more entries to the ENDANGERED Fine Art & Photography Contest 2020. The Rickie Report introduces Douglas Aja, our Virtual Artist-In-Residence and more details of how to apply! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ENDANGERED Fine Art & Photography Contest

 

 

 

Contest deadline OCTOBER 7th

 

Entry details and Virtual Artist in Residence information below  

 

MEET:  

 

 

 DOUGLAS  AJA

 

 

VIRTUAL ARTIST in RESIDENCE 

 

Applying Patina © 2020 Douglas Aja.All Rights Reserved.

Douglas Aja:

Sculptor of African Wildlife, Photographer, Adventurer and Animal Philanthropist

 

Check out this video of Doug’s inspiring work: 

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

To see more visit:

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

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

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

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

 

 

 

 

 

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

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

 

 

 

 

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

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

 

 

 

Exploring Africa:

 

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

 

 

 

 

Kenya © 2020 Douglas Aja.  All Rights Reserved.

 

 

 

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

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

 

 

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

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

 

 

 

 

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

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

 

 

 

 

 

Creative Philanthropy:

 

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

 

 

 

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

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

 

 

 

 

 

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

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

 

 

To see more of Doug’s work visit:

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

 

 

The 8th annual ENDANGERED Fine Art & Photography Contest

 

 

Enter Now! 

Deadline Extended  to 7th October

 

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

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

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

  • Illustration of the threats facing endangered species/habitats

Categories for Entry:

 

 

Fine Art (including sculpture, jewelry and wearable art)

Fine Art Photography (digital manipulation accepted)

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

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

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

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

Prizewinners plus an invited selection of entries of significant merit will be offered places in the ENDANGERED Fine Art & Photography Exhibition. 

 

PLEASE READ THE SECTION BELOW

Covid-19 Impact on Exhibition

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

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

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

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

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

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

Questions?  Lindsey@Art4Apes.com

VIRTUAL ARTIST IN RESIDENCE PROGRAM

 

 

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

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

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

  • Weekly social media posts featuring your artwork
  • You will be featured in our monthly newsletter
  • We will design an e-flyer for you to send out to clients and contacts
  • We will set up a dedicated page for you on the Art4Apes website
    • You will have the opportunity to craft a personal message about your art and commitment to wildlife and the environment. 
    • We will include your full bio and artist statement
    • We will include a virtual gallery of up to 10 pieces of your work
    • We will issue news updates featuring your current work, exhibitions, awards, direction of new work etc.
    • We will feature your work in an article in The Rickie Report – South Florida’s most influential online arts report.
    • We will offer up to 5 pieces of work for sale on our online website (price to include a 30% donation to the Center for Great Apes.

We regret that we cannot offer this to Young Artists at the moment. 

Artists can only be featured once a year. 

 

 

Enter Now!  Deadline Extended to 7th October

 

 

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

 

 

Deadline for submission 7th October, 2020.

 

 

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

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

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