A E London Journal

Wed, Nov 22nd, 2017

My art benefits more international conservation work this year

One of this year's milestones was being invited to show my art internationally in Paris, London,Namibia and South Africa as well as by internationally recognized organizations and events.

I exhibited three pieces at The Louvre, Paris—Salon International d'art Contemporain. It was a real thrill and my art is now being shown at a show In Helsinki ,Finland by a gallery that loved my work.

I was also invited to show at the Royal Geographic Society in London through an event called SKETCH FOR SURVIVAL with the proceeds going to Wildlife conservation programs all over Africa.

In July ,we established a scholarship program with the Southern Africa Ranger College to use my art to raise funds for Park Ranger scholarships for deserving African children.

My work was also chosen to appear in the ARTISTS FOR CONSERVATION traveling exhibit and on their annual calendar. ARTISTS FOR CONSERVATION is the planet's leading artist group dedicated to supporting the environment, spanning 5 continents and 27 countries.

Anne is also a "Signature Member" of THE SOCIETY OF ANIMAL ARTISTS, an organization dedicated to excellence in the portrayal of Animals with an exclusive membership of over 500 members worldwide. "Signature Members" are those few members eligible to vote and are considered to have achieved the highest level of artistic achievement. She was chosen again this year for the prestigious, Annual Wildlife Art tour exhibit.

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Tue, Nov 14th, 2017

Working at the ARTS FOR ANIMALS Wildlife Arts Center

We were eager to get back to the Lori O'Neal wildlife Center we built three years ago to connect creativity and conservation for local children. We were looking forward to seeing all our friends and the children we have been working with for the past several years. We brought lots of art supplies and several new pieces of art from our friends here in the United States, mounted on aluminum panels so that they could be used to decorate the new Leiden outdoor Gallery

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Thu, Nov 9th, 2017

On to our ARTS FOR ANIMALS work in Zambia and Zimbabwe

After leaving our friends in Dar es Salaam, we flew back to Johannesburg to pick up several suitcases full of art supplies, educational materials and wristbands for our work in Zambia and Zimbabwe. We flew through Zambia and drove across the famous Zambezi Gorge bridge into Zimbabwe to avoid the high Zimbabwen import taxes.The next day we drove west through the hot,arid bush near Hwange National Park to work with our friends at Painted Dog Conservation.

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Tue, Nov 7th, 2017

Our second" bucket list "adventure -Tanzania and the great Wildebeest/Zebra Migration

Each year almost one million Wildebeest and Zebra follow the rains across the Serengeti plains in Kenya and Tanzania
The wildlife on the Serengeti birth their young in January and February right after the rains turn hundreds of square miles green with new grass.They then follow the rains south and then back north for a constant supply of grass for their young .It's an annual circuit called the "Great Migration Route", and each year ,it's most dramatic moment is the crossing of the Mara river with it's huge,hungry crocodiles. It's been several years since we visited the Serengeti and we had forgotten it's vastness and it's beauty. Very different from Southern Africa ,our usual "haunt".

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Sun, Oct 15th, 2017

Gorillas in the mist!

We journeyed into the misty,highly cultivated hills of Rwanda to Volcanos National Park, home of the endangered Mountain Gorillas. Rwanda is a beautiful country of rolling hills and steep volcanic valleys. Our treks into the mountain forests were pretty intense but the cool temperatures helped .Once we found the gorillas it was truly magical as we watched them ,eat, rest, and play together from just a few feet away. Absolutely awesome and in the top five moments of our entire lives!!

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Wed, Oct 11th, 2017

Gorillas,the great migration and teaching conservation,2017

Our African journey this year takes us to Rwanda to visit our friends with the Gorilla Doctors and trek into the bamboo forests to draw Gorillas. Then to the Serengeti plains in Tanzania to ,hopefully, watch thousands of zebra and wildebeest crossing the Mara river during their annual migration. Then ,after two weeks in central Africa, finally back to our Wildlife Arts Center in Zimbabwe to bring educational supplies and teach kids the importance of their wildlife. First, we flew into Rwanda's Capital,Kigali and then the 3 hour drive to Volcanos National park.

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Fri, Sep 22nd, 2017

Summer Adventures 2017

This has been a very busy ,but quite successful summer. We made many new friends and had some really incredible wildlife encounters, thanks to our new friends at Earthfire Institute.
In October,we are invited to exhibit work in London and Paris ( at the Louvre' no less!) and also pledged to help conservation exhibitions in Namibia and South Africa . This on top of our shows and exhibit schedule across the United States.
Of course , all this comes the same month we had planned (for two years) to be in Rwanda and Tanzania .So, it has been a summer packed with signing contracts, shipping art all over the planet,and making exhibition arrangements ,etc.,etc.,..... This was hard since we were only home 2 weeks the entire summer! We managed to "sneak in" some great hiking and wildlife adventures and supported a dear friend who is battling cancer in Los Angles.
We are ready to relax ( and actually looking forward to it) on the 15 hour flight to Africa!

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Fri, Mar 17th, 2017

Arts for Animals in Action

We just got a lovely email from one of the folks we work with in Africa. One of our partners there is" Children in the Wilderness', a community involvement arm of Wilderness Safaris whom we have been working with for years( more information on Children in the Wilderness is on our website www.artsforanimals.com) Each year, they close their wilderness camps to clients and open them to children from local communities who are members of their eco-Rangers program.
These kids get to spend the week observing wildlife, studying wildlife biology, playing games and learning about the importance of their wildlife to their own future. Our program,Arts for Animals provides lesson plans, drawing kits and posters for the kids to develop their artistic skills and connect creativity with conservation. Through our "Wildlife Protector" program, the children make a pledge to protect their wildlife and get a signed contract and glow-in-the-dark wristband signify their participation as a "Wildlife Protector".
Here are some of the photographs they sent us showing the kids with their signed contracts and proudly displaying their wristbands which say," I protect Animals - Our wildlife- My heritage- My future "

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