“Silent Skies” is an international collaborative super-mural mosaic featuring all 678 endangered species of birds of the world. 160 AFC artists from 15 countries participated in the project. The 100-ft installation formed the artistic centerpiece of the 27th International Ornithological Congress in August 2018 in Vancouver, BC, after which, the mural will tour internationally. Below are the three species I contributed to the mural, Shore Plover (New Zealand), Meller’s Duck (Madagascar), and Mindoro Hornbill (Philippines). Each painting is 8 inches by 8 inches. You can read more about the “Silent Skies” project on the AFC website by clicking here. A limited number of canvas giclee prints will be available for purchase from the AFC website as well.
I think my favorite is the Mindoro Hornbill. I always wanted to paint a hornbill and this was the perfect reason to do so.
I want to thank three photographers who so graciously allowed me to use their images for reference, Mike Thorsen (Shore Plover); Dubi Shapiro (Meller’s Duck) and Tonji Ramos (Mindoro Hornbill).
The Hawk & the Goldfinch – 2nd Place, Morton Pumpkin Festival Art Show, Professional Division
The Morton (Illinois) Art Guild hosts an annual art and photography show during the annual Pumpkin Festival. I always enter something, just to support the MAG and local art community. There are three divisions and a “junior” segment. There were 96 entries this year in the art show, which is amazing. The show has grown every year, and every year, the subject matter becomes more diverse. This year I entered The Hawk and the Goldfinch in the Professional Division, and was honored to receive 2nd place! It surprised me that many of the winning paintings chosen in each division were of birds or animals! I hope this means that more people are paying attention to nature! It’s something we desperately need to do!
Artists for Conservation member artists’ work will be exhibited at the Lanwan Art Museum at Lanwan Eco Art Park in Qingdao City, China. The exhibit opens with a reception on August 4th, and runs through September 30, 2017. A delegation of 11 AFC artists will be in attendance to represent the exhibit, conduct demonstrations, and act as ambassadors for the AFC mission, and its member artists whose work is included in the exhibit. I am happy to say that my painting, What Was That, is among the artwork on display beginning August 1st.
What Was That? Canada Lynx
Jeff Whiting, President and founder of AFC is among the member delegates attending. He has been instrumental in putting together another venue to promote the AFC mission and that of the AFC artist members. Read more about the exhibit and the AFC mission: http://artistsforconservation.org/blog-entry/afc/afc-announces-new-exhibit-qingdao-china
This is a photo of the Artists for Conservation Exhibit List at the event taking place now in Vancouver BC. I am honored to have my work hanging among these accomplished artists.
In 2009 I became a juried member of an exemplary group of international artists who, through their art, help support the conservation of wildlife and natural resources worldwide. Artists for Conservation holds a multi-day art and environmental education festival, featuring a world-class conservation themed juried art exhibit and expo in Vancouver, British Columbia. I have submitted my work to the jury for the art exhibit only twice. I was accepted for the virtual exhibit (website only) in 2011, and I’m happy to say that this year (my second time to submit), I was accepted for the live exhibit in Vancouver, BC in September. “What Was That” is a 14 x 18 acrylic painting of a Canada lynx. The lynx is also native to the state of Illinois where I live, so rather than a typical western setting, i.e., mountains etc., I choose a more Midwestern background for the painting.
There were 85 pieces from 80 artists chosen by the jury for the live exhibit in Vancouver while the virtual (online) exhibit will feature 200 pieces from 143 artists. I am honored that my work was chosen by the jury for AFC’s prestigious annual event. Thanks to the jurors whose task, I’m sure, was a difficult one!
- Brent Cooke – Artist and AFC Board Member;
- Michael Dumas – Artist and AFC Member;
- Pollyanna Pickering – Artist and AFC Board Member;
- Holly Swangstu – Art Institute Director, Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum;
- Debra Usher – Publisher & Editor in Chief, Arabella Magazine
Pieces chosen for the traveling exhibit and award winners will be announced soon.
The Hunt Begins
“The Hunt Begins” has been awarded 2nd Place – Water Media at the Irving Art Association’s 2015 Juried Wildlife and Domestic Animal Art Exhibit in Irving, Texas.
This is one of my larger paintings – 18 x 24 inches – and features a Canada Lynx in a winter scene. The lynx wasn’t the most time-consuming part of this painting – it was actually the snow! There is a lot of snow! I photographed the lynx at Animals of Montana while there for a workshop in 2000.
The show will feature wild and domestic animals in oil, water media, pastel, pencil, and photography. Many thanks to juror, Helen Bailey, for selecting my work for an award!
The show opens on August 30th at the Association’s gallery, Jaycee Park Center for the Arts, 1975 Puritan Dr. Irving TX 75062 with a reception and awards ceremony on September 13th from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. To see a preview of the exhibit, visit Irving Art Association’s blog by clicking here. To learn more about juror Helen Bailey, you can visit her website by clicking here
Shades of Gray has been juried into the St. Augustine 6th Annual Nature and Wildlife Art Exhibition. The exhibit will be held at the St. Augustine Art Association Art Center, St. Augustine, Florida. The opening reception and awards ceremony will kick off the exhibit on July 25th, and the exhibit will run through August 31, 2015.
Shades of Gray is a 12 x 16 painting of a gray wolf created in acrylic on black canvas. The only “color” in the painting are the wolf’s eyes. Reference photos for this painting were taken at Animals of Montana.
Art of the Animal Kingdom is an invitational juried exhibit hosted each year by the Bennington Center for the Arts in Bennington, Vermont. Artists are invited by the Center to submit work, and the submissions are then juried by a guest artist into the show. Being invited doesn’t ensure an artist’s place in the exhibit.
This was my first year to be invited and my painting, TASTY MORSEL was juried into the exhibit, which opened June 15th and will run through August 25, 2013. I am very honored to be a part of this prestigious exhibit.
[Copyright 2013 – Marti Millington]