Artists For Conservation
| May 1, 2014
DAVIE, FL With the support of Nova Southeastern University, BBX Capital Foundation, and The Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation, Artists For Conservation (AFC) has announced a new world-class art exhibit and international cultural event for South Florida, May 17 through June 16.

Artists for Conservation is a global society of painters and sculptors who support critical wildlife conservation programs. They are based in Vancouver, Canada. AFC's South Florida show next month will feature AFC's annual tour plus a selection of artwork by artists from AFC's Marine Explorer's Program-some 55 pieces representing 38 artists, including four from Florida.

The inaugural event, hosted at the Alvin Sherman Library Gallery at Nova Southeastern University will feature a sampling of AFC's art and environmental education programming for youth and adults, lectures and films, with plans underway for a full-scale event in 2015, which is being touted as a signature art event for Broward County.

"Bringing Artists for Conservation to Broward County is an opportunity to share artists' passion for art and our environment," said Jeff Whiting, AFC President and Founder. "With budgets for art education suffering, and critical environmental and natural resources under stress, an Artists for Conservation event in South Florida aims to bolster the region's commitment to both art and environment."

It is truly art with a purpose, art for a cause. For more information, go to www.artistsforconservation.org/south-florida. Whiting and bronze artist Brent Cooke will discuss the upcoming Broward exhibit at the Arts Mean Business Breakfast presented by BankUnited on Wednesday, May 14 at the Museum of Art/Fort Lauderdale. Call 954-940-5344 for reservations.

"As the human population continues to grow and exploit nature, this once small genre continues to become more prominent as we address issues of conservation of through our art," said Dr. Guy Harvey, one of the event's showcased artists and recipient of the AFC's prestigious Simon Combes Conservation Award in 2011. "No longer is Å’wildlife art' considered the red-headed stepchild of fine art. We are becoming a major force in the genre of fine art and the consuming public now pays more attention to our work and our actions than at any time in our history."

Artists for Conservation is a global society of more than 500 artists, both established names and up and coming artists. AFC's annual, marquee event - which takes place each fall - is the world's top conservation-themed art experience, featuring all original artwork by painters and sculptors.

Together with the art and conservation-focused films, publications and informative presentations, the exhibit serves as a visually stunning and effective vehicle for conveying the importance of fostering creativity in art and protecting our wildlife and precious landscapes.

Each piece of art on display does more than tell a story. It disseminates an important message about wildlife and what needs to be done to conserve our natural resources for our children and grandchildren to enjoy. Most artwork is available for sale with over 40% of proceeds supporting international conservation efforts.

All artwork sales benefit wildlife conservation. Opening weekend activities feature a Meet-the-Artists reception, book signing, hosted film screenings with AFC President and Founder, Jeff Whiting, lectures by leading artists and youth workshops.

Free to the public, the gallery hours at the Alvin Sherman Library are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Sunday.

About BBX Capital Foundation:

The BBX Capital Foundation (formerly the BankAtlantic Foundation) was created in 1994 as a 501(c)3 corporate foundation. Since then, the Foundation and our companies have awarded more than $17 million to charitable organizations throughout the state of Florida. The Foundation supports three key areas: The Arts, Education and Human Services.

About Nova Southeastern University:

Situated on 314 beautiful acres in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Nova Southeastern University (NSU) is a dynamic, fully accredited research institution dedicated to providing high-quality educational programs at all levels. NSU is a not-for-profit independent institution with an enrollment of 27,000 students. NSU awards associate's, bachelor's, master's, specialist, doctoral and first-professional degrees in a wide range of fields. NSU is classified as a research university with "high research activity" by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, and it is one of only 37 universities nationwide to also be awarded Carnegie's Community Engagement Classification. For more information, please visit www.nova.edu. Celebrating 50 years of academic excellence! About Artists for Conservation

Artists for Conservation (AFC) is the world's leading group of artists supporting the environment. Founded in 1997, the non-profit organization comprises a membership of 500 of the world's most gifted nature artists from 27 countries, across five continents. AFC's mission is to support wildlife and habitat conservation and environmental education through art that celebrates nature.

About The Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation:

The Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation funds inspired scientific research and innovative educational programs to encourage conservation and best management practices for sustainable marine environments. The Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation will help ensure that future generations can enjoy and benefit from a naturally balanced marine ecosystem where fish and other wildlife flourish. www.guyharvey.com

 

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