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From Lions to Pangolins: An Artist's Wild Journey to Mozambique

Artists for Conservation

Niassa...one of the last great wilderness areas on earth. The most important protected area in Mozambique and critical to the global conservation of African wildlife, it covers more than 16,000 square miles. Despite its size and critical importance, it is little known internationally. AFC Artist Becci Crowe undertook the long journey to this remote area to raise awareness and support the work of Dr. Colleen Begg of the Niassa Lion/Carnivore Project as they face the day to day challenges of conservation on the front lines.

Remembering Mel Dobson

Artists for Conservation

It is with sadness that we announce the passing of long-time AFC member (2004), Mel Dobson.

Melvin 'Mel' Wood Dobson passed away July 21, 2016 in St Ignatius, Montana. He was the eighth son, born at home, on November 1, 1934 to Lula and Leon Dobson in Holden, Utah. Holden was his home, on the family farm, until he completed high school.

He was preceded in death by both parents and six brothers; Don, Evan, Myron, Clifford, Earl and Lester Dobson. Mel was a Member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

Fiorentino's Art Honored in New Jersey

Artists for Conservation

New Jersey artist and AFC Signature Member, James Fiorentino was recently honored when his watercolor painting depicting the Black Swallowtail was chosen to represent the State as the official artwork of the new State butterfly.

Aja Sculpture Raises funds for Elephants

Artists for Conservation

AFC Signature Member, Douglas Aja recently donated one of his bronze sculpture (Orphans) recently raised $3,800 for The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust (DSWT). The bronze was auctioned at a fund raising event hosted at London's Landmark Hotel. The piece raised $3,800 for DSWT. 

A Close Look: A painting trip in Etosha, National Park, Namibia

Artists for Conservation

 

AFC Signature artist Francisco Hernandez shares a poetic description of his first experience travelling to Africa as an artist to observe the rich multitude of wildlife.

My first contact with Etosha was at the Okaukuejo waterhole, shortly after sunset and I can describe my first feelings with one only word. Brutal.

America's Oldest Sculpture Garden Honors Leo Osborne

Artists for Conservation

AFC sculptor Leo Osborne was recently honored with the acceptance of his life-sized Whistling Saint Francis into Brookgreen Gardens famed outdoor sculpture garden in Pawley, South Carolina . A major acquisition fundraising campaign is underway to see the honor to fruition.

New Seerey-Lester Book Launched

Artists for Conservation

Last month, the much-anticipated third book in artist John Seerey-Lester’s “Legends Series” was released, replete with stories and 150 paintings and sketches. In it, John helps the reader relive in words and paint the extraordinary outdoor life of US President and conservation pioneer, Theodore Roosevelt. As both a master painter and compelling writer, Seerey-Lester provides a fascinating glimpse into the former president’s life as a rancher and his unrelenting passion for wildlife, hunting, exploration, and conservation.

New Banovich Art Center Opens

Artists for Conservation

After nearly 5 years in the making, internationally renowned artist and conservationist, John Banovich has opened a new institution on the wildlife art landscape. The new 6500 square foot Art Center is located in Paradise Valley, Montana - one of the most naturally beautiful and dramatic areas of the US - 11 miles south of Livingston and 45 minutes from Yellowstone National Park.

2015 Festival Review

Artists for Conservation

This September, AFC wrapped up its 5th annual Artists for Conservation Festival - the longest and most ambitious one yet, spanning two major venues and three weekends and incorporating an Art Expo for the first time. The event welcomed public of all ages with a variety of interests - fine art, environment and conservation.

Rhino Painting Goes Global

Artists for Conservation

In 2015, Australian artist Paula Wiegmink created a painting "Tears of the Rhino". The powerful image has since been signed by international celebrities and some of the world's leading conservationists including Sir David Attenborough, Dr. Jane Goodall, Virginia McKenna, Dr. Dame Daphne Sheldrick, action star Jean-Claude Van Damme and Queen rock star Brian May, among others. In a few short months, the image is becoming a creative petition to stop the poaching of endangered rhinos.

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