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NYC - Public Lecture Series feat. Alison Nicholls

African Conservation through the Eyes of an Artist

This event will be streamed live. Please visit our Live Stream page at 7pm on the evening of the event to view the lecture for free.

Alison Nicholls is an Artist inspired by conservation in Africa. Her links with the African People & Wildlife Fund (Tanzania) and Painted Dog Conservation (Zimbabwe) allow her to visit the projects, sketch on site and see their work first-hand. On return to the studio, Alison bases her paintings on conservation issues she has encountered in the field - using her sketches, journals and mental library of images as her reference.

An example is On The Edge, a painting based on the doctoral thesis of Dr Esther van der Meer, exploring why African wild dogs (Lycaon pictus) are choosing to leave the relative safety of Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe to live in the surrounding buffer zone where they have frequent fatal encounters with people.

On The Edge by Alison Nicholls

Living Walls is a painting based on the African People & Wildlife Fund’s successful Living Walls boma program, which reduces human-wildlife conflict by protecting livestock, predators and habitat on the Maasai Steppe in Tanzania.

Elephant! examines the differing opinions tourists and rural-dwelling Africans often hold about elephants, while Maize Maze explores the struggles of pastoralists on the Maasai Steppe who are finding rangeland converted into often unproductive farmland.

Alison will discuss these paintings and the work of the African People & Wildlife Fund and Painted Dog Conservation. Using her field sketches, studio notes & color studies she will explain how she turns a complex conservation issue into a finished piece of art, and how this benefits the conservation project.

Alison Nicholls is a member of the Salmagundi Club, Artists For Conservation, the Society of Animal Artists and a member of the Creative Board of Pencils For Africa. She lived in Botswana & Zimbabwe for a number of years and returns annually to sketch in the field and lead Sketching Safaris for Africa Geographic Magazine. Her Conservation Sketching Expeditions allow her to work closely with African conservation projects, visit them in the field, learn about their work and sketch on site. On return to the studio she creates a traveling exhibition and lecture series to raise awareness and funds for the conservation project. Alison is English by birth but has traveled widely and currently resides in Port Chester, New York, with her husband Nigel.

Date: 09/29/2014

Time: 6:00pm Reception, 7:00pm Lecture

Location: NYC Headquarters, 46 E 70th Street, New York, NY, 10021

Member Ticket Price: Free

Guest Ticket Price: $20

Student Ticket Price:

Free to EC Student Members, $5 w/ valid Student ID

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