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Special Event - "Witness" Exhibit Launch Party with Artist Robin Huffman


Portraits and Stories from Africa

The rainforests are disappearing at an alarming rate, as are the primates and the environments they call home. Sanctuaries provide rehabilitation, care and a safe haven to these vulnerable displaced creatures. Robin Huffman, a caregiver at primate sanctuaries, has created this collection of paintings, photographs, tales and voices of the primates in Africa, in order to draw attention to their plight and show the world how close to us these primates are.

A project manager and designer with Gensler for more than 29 years, Huffman has spent much of the last few years volunteering at those sanctuaries and championing their work and the primates themselves. Once she learned first-hand of their plight, she stepped away from her career and shifted her focus to do so, embracing her art skills as a way to serve.

Painting the primate portraits to introduce this subject to a wider audience is a core component of Huffman’s mission. The scale of the work creates a startling presence and evokes a sense of intimacy, hopefully igniting a powerful experience within the viewer, a witness to the power of the portrait and struggle of nature and man. Huffman was recently named a Signature member of the Society of Animal Artists.

Rachel Hogan, director of Ape Action Africa sanctuary in Cameroon where Huffman volunteers, will speak at The Explorers Club Monday, May 22.

Witness the exhibit is on display through May 31, and open to the public.

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Date: Wednesday, May 10

Time: 6:00 pm Reception, 7:00 pm Collection Presentation and Commentary, Q&A to follow

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

Reservation Notes:

This event is free to Members and the general public. Please contact us at 212.628.8383 or email us at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) to ensure a seat. Walk-ins welcome pending availability.

Pictured Art by Robin Huffman:

Top - “Sunshine”  acrylic on canvas, 24x36
Middle - “Witness”  acrylic on canvas, 60x48

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