Charice Cooper, Painter
"My love and appreciation for animals and art are tightly and beautifully intertwined, with one fueling the other. I continue to be fascinated and deeply moved by the diversity, beauty and sheer wonder of the animal kingdom. From creatures we've domesticated over thousands of years, to the ones that can't be tamed, they are all an inspiration.
"It is my hope to motivate others to action helping our wildlife by bringing awareness to the challenge's animals face as well as a renewed appreciation of their existence by capturing their essence through the instruments of my craft."
Stormie Parker, Ceramics
Working from her studio in the heart of the Fort Worth Nature Center, Parker portrays animals in peril of extinction. Her sculpture, On the Brink, shows a large Asian Black Rhinoceros teetering dangerously on the tip of a much larger rhino horn. The scene is supported by an intricately carved Chinese-style pulpit.
Parker states that the purpose of her work, “Is to bring attention to all the animals on the brink of extinction because of our own practices.”
Bruce was drawn to photography by his fascination with wildlife and world cultures. He enjoys photographing all manner of flora and fauna to reveal the extraordinary, and often unseen, diversity and beauty of nature.
Bruce’s Small World is dedicated to fostering environmental stewardship and cross-cultural understanding, by highlighting the bonds and behaviors between species and across communities, communicating through images when there is no shared spoken language.
Opening Reception, Thurs., Jul. 11; 6-9 p.m.
Featured speaker: Kim Taylor; Botanical Research Institute Of Texas (BRIT) - 7:00 p.m. www.brit.org
Representatives of In-Sync Exotics www.insyncexotics.org and Fossil Rim www.fossilrim.org will be on hand with information regarding endangerment and their respective organizations. A print with authentication of a painting by Charice Cooper, will be on silent auction throughout the exhibition. All proceeds will benefit the World Wildlife Fund. www.worldwildlife.org
Closing Reception, Thurs., Aug. 15; 7-9 p.m.
Featured speaker: Robert Denkhaus; The Fort Worth Nature Center - "Everything is Endangered Without Local Conservation" www.fwnaturecenter.org
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