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Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Panda Paint-Out at Zoo Atlanta

On Saturday, September 12, we got to spend the day at the zoo! The Marietta / Cobb Museum of Art organized a paint-out to benefit the giant panda program's "Give So They Stay" campaign. A crowd of 25 artists showed up for the event, including a group of art students from a local high school. We raised over $500 on Saturday, and the works created will go on auction in October and hopefully bring in quite a bit more.

Zoo Atlanta leases their giant pandas from China, and has been relying on their corporate sponsors for the payments every year. But not this year! Corporations are feeling the pinch too and the zoo is now having to call on private donations for the panda program. China has agreed to accept a half-payment this year, so Zoo Atlanta only has to come up with $500,000 by the end of December. If not, all four pandas will have to go back. Zoo Atlanta is one of only four zoos in the country with giant pandas, and until last month, the only zoo currently with a baby panda.

We had a great time at the paint-out. Charles braved the crowds inside the panda house for an up-close look and got 2 very nice paintings done in there, with a third done outside later in the day. (That baby panda, Xi Lan, sure is a cute little bugger.) The results from the day will be included in an online auction opening in October. I'll be sure to post a link when it's available.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Audubon Artists 67th Annual Exhibition

"Natasha", Charles' beautifully enigmatic oil portrait, is currently spending some time in New York City. She was accepted into Audubon Artists Inc's 67th Annual Exhibition, which opens next week in the Salmagundi Club's historic galleries.

Imagine what she'll see there on Fifth Avenue! I hope she remembers to send a postcard...


Audubon Artists, Inc.
67th Annual Exhibition 2009
September 14 - October 2, 2009
opening reception: September 27, noon - 5pm
Salmagundi Art Club Galleries
47 Fifth Ave. New York City NY 10003

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

"Gold Elephant" Receives Award in Atlanta

Two weeks ago at the opening reception of the Atlanta Fine Arts League's 3rd Annual National Exhibition, Charles' still life painting "Gold Elephant" was honored with an Exceptional Merit Award.

The juror for the exhibition was Ed Horlbeck, a retired commercial artist originally from Pittsburg PA and a member of the Society of Illustrators in New York City. We were very excited to meet and chat with him and the many other visiting artists at the reception.

The show will remain at the Roswell Visual Arts Center Gallery until October 2. It's a wonderfully varied exhibition with works by artists from all over the country. Make a point to drop by if you're in the Roswell area. Gallery and contact info can be found in our previous post.