Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Letter to Panthera

Regina Case "Water Palace 2," 1989 detail, sold
In 1988 when I got my first gallery representation in San Francisco, I began a series of tiger paintings. My partner, John, brought me a book of Bengal tigers photographed at Ranthambore Tiger Reserve in India, a wild, amazing landscape with ruins of palaces on the water. The book made me aware of the decline of tigers in the wild. I just couldn't imagine a world without tigers. As a self-employed artist, I've never had much to give, but I couldn't stop thinking about it. 

Kathrin Burleson, sold
In April of this year, with Rachel Schlueter of the C Street Hall Gallery in Eureka, we put on an auction to benefit animal rescue in Japan after the earthquake. (I only have a few images left on my computer, but I'll list others with website links at the right.)
It was an unbelievably wonderful experience to see how much both artists and collectors wanted to help. We were able to raise $6000 to donate to Animal Refuge Kansai and Japan Earthquake Animal Rescue and Support. I was unprepared for how good it felt to be able to donate so much money. 

Amy Granfield, sold
I began to think I could make a way to help the tigers. 
With this site, an Etsy shop and a section of the C Street Gallery devoted to Art Helps the Planet we are beginning to gather awareness and donations for and Sequoia Humane Society.

Libby George, sold, intaglio, more available
In April of 2012 the C Street Hall Gallery is organizing a show to benefit Panthera. Panthera and Save the Tiger Fund have now joined forces to protect tigers in the wild. Tigers can be helped. I want to be part of it.

Sara Starr, sold

Art Helps the Planet is a group of professional artists donating part of the proceeds from original art, print and card sales to animal rescue organizations. 

Rachel Schlueter, sold
John King, sold

Regina Case, sold
Linda Parkinson, sold

Lida Penkova sold, more available (linocut)

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