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Dale Weiler

AFC Conservation Artist of the Month for April, 2018

Dale Weiler feels he was born to be a stone sculptor. "Sculpting stone nurtures my soul and allows me to create something in which I can truly take pride. Plain and simple, it’s what I was put on this earth to do."  He was also destined to devote much of his time, energy and artistic skills to the conservation of the natural world. 

Having spent twenty years refining and elevating his craft, he is honored to be an elected member of the National Sculpture Society, The Society of Animal Artists, Artists for Conservation and The American Society of Marine Artists. His work resides in the permanent collections of numerous museums including Brookgreen Garden, The Ward Museum, The Woodson Museum, the Hiram Blauvelt Museum and most recently, The Roger Tory Peterson Institute (RTPI).        In May, 2018 his sculpture “Hellbenders Rock” will be installed in a new amphibian exhibit at the NC Zoo.

"As my art form and mindset continues to evolve, I am now entering a new chapter in my artistic pursuits. Immersing myself in the art world has given me the opportunity to more intimately appreciate the delicate balance that exists between the environment and all living things, especially species that are endangered."

"Because we see this balance being disrupted, my wife Loti Woods, and I have made a conscious decision to concentrate all of our energy and efforts to support wildlife conservation causes around the globe. To this end, we are currently working with the NC Zoo, RTPI, The WNC Nature Center, Conserving Carolina, The Bat Sanctuary, Merlin Tuttle’s Bat Conservation and Defenders of Wildlife to pursue critical conservation programs."  100% of the net proceeds from all of Dale's sculptures now being sold will be donated to causes they support. “Protecting Wildlife and the Environment through Art” is their mission statement. 

Two of their most recent endeavors involve the sale of bronzes, cast from Dale’s stone originals. Dale sculpted a snowy owl for an art exhibition of his and his father’s artwork in 2017 at the Roger Tory Peterson Institute in NY.  In addition to donating the stone original to the institution, he and Loti had bronze castings made of the original and are donating 100% of the net proceeds of the sale of these bronzes to migratory bird research and other conservation causes being championed at RTPI. 

They have also just made another bronze available for funding of amphibian conservation causes at the North Carolina Zoo. 100% of the net proceeds of his bronze sculpture “Jumpin’ Jack-in-the-Pulpit” will be used to support hellbender habitat restoration and frog research being done by the zoo. And to bring awareness to the plight of one amphibian, hellbenders, the NC Zoo is installing “Hellbenders Rock”, a sculpture completed and donated by Dale in late 2017.

Moving forward, they are educating themselves and others on making a positive impact on conservation issues. Dale’s sculptures will continue to be available to private art collectors and public institutions with the sales proceeds donated to worthy initiatives. Their ultimate goal is to use art to raise awareness and funds for protecting wildlife and their habitat.

Learn more about Dale Wielier 

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