By Eric Barton
An international coalition of artists interested in bringing attention to environmental issues will hold a monthlong exhibit in Broward County beginning this month.
Organizers of the Artists For Conservation show hope it becomes a signature event for South Florida. This year, 55 pieces from 38 artists will be shown at Nova Southeastern University, but plans call for it to grow dramatically in the next few years.
The Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation, based in Davie, helped bring the event to town. Harvey said he sees it as a way to highlight wildlife artists who often don’t get credit from traditional museums and shows.
“This is the cream of the crop in terms of wildlife artists, a real elite group of people,” Harvey said by phone from his home in Grand Cayman.
Vancouver-based Artists for Conservation claims more than 500 members across the globe, including established artists and up-and-comers. More than a thousand Broward County students are scheduled to attend the exhibit and civic organizations including the Greater Fort Lauderdale Business Alliance and the Marine Industries Association of South Florida are booked for private receptions.
“The show used to be based in the Northwest, and to have that show come down to South Florida is a big event,” Harvey said. “This is really a pilot project to bring in 50 pieces of art. But next year, we’d like to have a really, really big event down here.”
Artwork sales at the show benefit wildlife conservation. Opening weekend activities include an artists’ reception, book signing, film screenings, lectures by artists, and workshops for kids.
The show runs from May 17 through June 16 at the Alvin Sherman Library, 3100 Ray Ferrero Jr. Blvd. in Fort Lauderdale. Call 954-262-4600 for more information.
ART: ‘Vela Tango,’ by Guy Harvey