Artists for Conservation Art Exhibit Tours to the Houston Zoo

Sonia Reid's artwork "Reaching Out"

Vancouver, B.C. CANADA - November 1, 2013 - Artists for Conservation (AFC) announces a tour venue as part of its sixth annual juried exhibit in partnership with the Houston Zoo. A portion of the Artists of Conservation exhibit will travel to Houston, Texas in support of the Houston Zoo's Save the Elephants campaign, focusing on a time-sensitive, critical mission: saving elephants from extinction.

The art exhibit will feature original sculptures and paintings from AFC's exhibit that recently premiered in Vancouver, Canada will be on display, with proceeds from sales supporting the Save the Elephants campaign. Artists featured include Doug Aja, Linda Dupuis-Rosen, Esther Lidstrom, Pollyanna Pickering and others. The exhibit will open at the Gremillion Gallery in Houston on November 14 and runs through December 1, 2013. The art exhibit will compliment a photographic exhibit from around the world focused on the same theme. All proceeds to benefit conservation efforts championed by the Houston Zoo.

Jeff Whiting, AFC President & Founder comments, "We are proud to continue our partnership with the Houston Zoo and support an important and urgent campaign to save the elephants by raising awareness, educating the public and raising funds thorough proceeds from the sales of AFC member artworks."

The elephant is one of Africa's most iconic species. It is in peril due to illegal poaching, habitat loss and conflict with local human communities. We need your help today to turn the tide and protect wildlife and communities in Africa.

AFC has worked in partnership with the Houston Zoo in previous years, including collaboration in AFC's Flag Expedition program and first documentary film about Mountain Gorilla conservation in Rwanda and DRC.

Learn more about the the exhibit.

Artwork credit:  Sonia Reid painting "Reaching Out", and Doug Aja sculpture "Orphans"


The Houston Zoo
The Houston Zoo is made up of many moving parts. We have over 6,000 permanent residents (our animals) for whom we provide housing, meals, medical care and, yes, even education! There are over 1.84 million guests each year who come to experience our incredible variety of animals and ecosystems, as well as attend special private and public events and entertainment. Our dedicated staff works around the clock to ensure that the Zoo is always running smoothly for the safety and well being of our residents and guests.

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. Dedicated to nurture, promote and leverage its world-class community of artists in support of our natural world, AFC drives its mission through three key programs: Art & Environmental Education; Field Work & Research; and Artist Development. The Artists for Conservation Festival is AFC's annual flagship initiative to showcase, support and further these programs.

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