A Weekend for Elephants
A Fine Art Show and Sale
The Tanzanian Ivory Orphans’ Sanctuary
the African Wildlife Trust
in conjunction with
the National Sculptors' Guild 23rd Annual Show
August 7th – 9th 2015
2683 North Taft Avenue
A Weekend for Elephants
August 7th - 9th, 2015 ---- extended thru August 31st shop online
A Fine Art Show and Sale Benefiting The Tanzanian Ivory Orphans’ Sanctuary
Artist Ambassadors Against Poaching representatives of the African Wildlife Trust will be showcased at Columbine Gallery this August during our 23rd Annual National Sculptors' Guild exhibit
Proceeds from the sale of their artwork will go to protecting Africa's Endangered Wildlife. Specifically, this show and sale will benefit the Tanzanian Ivory Orphans’ Sanctuary, the country’s first official refuge for elephant calves orphaned due to poaching.
Nine highly acclaimed international artists working to bring awareness to the ongoing poaching crisis in Africa since 2013. These nine artists have pledged themselves to helping AWT and its efforts in saving the African Elephant through their art and donations, speaking engagements, museum exhibitions and gallery sales. They work to spread the word about the harm of poaching and to raise funds for African Wildlife Trust.
Exhibiting AAAP Artists: John Agnew – USA Scratchboard and Oil Paint, Julie Askew –England Oil Paint, Robert Caldwell – USA Oil and Graphite, Paul Dixon –South Africa Oil and Pastel, James Gary Hines II –USA Fine Art Digital Photography, Jan Martin McGuire –USA Acrylic Paint, Tony Pridham –Australia Oil Paint, Sandy Scott –USA Bronze Sculpture, and Dale Weiler –USA Stone Carving.
Pratik Patel is building a very important new elephant orphanage “Ivory Orphans” in Tanzania. The poaching problem has escalated with up to 60 elephants a day being killed for their ivory to feed the status of a growing middle class in the rich Asian countries like China. Through our extensive importing of goods and services from China “We” the “West” have nourished this huge upper middle class who desire to show off their ‘wealth’ by purchasing any item made from ivory; chopsticks, bangles, carvings, even decorations on cars; all at the great expense of elephant’s lives. These gentle animals have been violently killed; their faces hacked off to get to the ivory. They used to spare the younger elephants, but now they are even killing babies for what little ivory they have. It has been estimated that the African Elephant may go extinct in the wild within 5 years at the rate they are being poached. The Tanzanian Ivory Orphans’ Sanctuary will protect some of these amazing animals and help to ensure a future. http://www.ivoryorphans.org/
PRESS RELEASE ON IVORY ORPHANS
We recommend the National Geographic film “Battle for the Elephants” to learn more about the poaching problem. http://www.pbs.org/program/battle-elephants/