AFC Conservation Artist of the Month for April, 2016
Jan Lutz' personal lifestyle is one of ever-increasing environmental awareness and responsibility. Along with her husband, she lives on, and manages, 18 acres of natural habitat that includes a tributary of French Creek. With a recent acquisition of an additional 3 acres, they plan to put the property into a conservation easement. "I have been a staunch supporter of organic and local farming, including our own gardens and orchards, for a number of years. In traveling, we have supported eco-tourism and local conservation projects in Latin America."
She has supported, or currently supports as a member, the following organizations:World Wildlife Fund, Earthjustice, Greenpeace, National Parks Conservation Association, Environmental Defense Fund, The Nature Conservancy, Audubon, Rainforest Alliance Network, Friends of the Earth The Sierra Club, Save the Frogs!, Amur Leopard and Tiger Alliance (ALTA), Organic Consumers Association, The Maryland Zoo and the Erie (PA) Zoo, National Wildlife Federation. Locally, as a member of the local chapter of Audubon, the Presque Isle Audubon Society, she has donated original artwork 2 times for their annual fundraiser and has participated in their spring Festival of the Birds. She has donated numerous prints over the years to other area conservation groups such as the French Creek Valley Conservancy, Tamarack Wildlife Rehabilitation Center, Women in the Outdoors and others.
As the owner of Kelly Run Gallery in Cambridge Springs, PA, Jan has curated and participated in the following exhibits to benefit conservation: “From Couch to Cave: Cats of the World” with a portion of sales donated to ALTA and the Amur leopard breeding program at the Erie Zoo and “Life in the Mist: Rainforest Images” with a portion of sales donated to the Rainforest Alliance Network. She is planning an exhibit with a national parks theme for 2016, the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service, with expected donations to the National Parks Conservation Association.