Welcome to the wonderful world of wildlife! – life that is all around us all the time, yet passes by largely unnoticed, except for the occasional trip to the zoo. Zooinitas invites you to take a closer look at the animals that usually exist in the background of our worlds, bringing them to the forefront. You’ll come face to face with lions, then zebras and even sea creatures. So join us as we let the fur and feathers fly,. “Lions and tigers and bears, oh my!” Indeed
“This is a celebration of our area's lively art scene, with a particular focus on art experiences that encouraged everyone to get involved, connect, and gather, possibilities seem endless and imagination has no limits”, states artist and curator, Cheryl Ehlers.
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The afternoon will provide support for the Rancho Coastal Human’s Society (RCHS). President and CEO, Jim Silveira has extended his sincerest appreciation to all the artists for their collaborated efforts and is excited about the event, and “we’re so honored that these local artists have chosen Rancho Coastal Humane Society’s Animal Safehouse Program as the beneficiary of Zooinitas,” says Amy Heflin, Director of the program. “Safehouse is a safety net for the pets of domestic violence victims. When they know their pets will be safe, it allows them to escape and break the chain of violence. Safehouse is also a lifeline for veterans, senior citizens, accident victims, and…most recently…victims of the fires. Thank you Zooinitas!”
The event has something for all ages and explores new techniques and celebrated self-expression by exceptionally talented artists. The original artworks truly represent the animal world in a natural environment and will be available for sale.Free to the public; enjoy music by Second Cousin, and refreshments as you take a tour into the virtual art studios of three artists, Joan Hansen, Gary Johnson and Linda Luisi who will be creating art, just in time for the silent auction. “Instead of spending thousands of dollars to travel to exotic places to see wildlife, Zoonitas will bring images of these unique animals to you”, stated Zooinitas artist, Joan Hansen. You can show your support by dropping a small toy into the “Toys for Pups” drop box out front, the day of the reception, browse array of auction items and show your support by learning about the RCHS programs.
What image does “stalk” inspire in your mind as you start your tour and explore. Come meet the internationally respected animal artist and animal intuitive, Debra A. Saum, “Talking Art and Animal Portraits That Speak”, who telepathically communicates with the animals, she paints….while she is creating their portraits. Her award winning “Talking Art” is known for its revolutionary ability to inspire inter-species communication between the subjects in her portraits and the people who enjoy their vibrantly colorful canvases. Because her unusual portraits capture the essence of each animal, many people comment upon seeing her art “I feel like the animals are talking to me!” Enjoy the tour-guiding artists: Adele Richert, Bobbi Harrington, Brian Batemen, Bruce Stewart, Cheryl Ehlers, Debra Saum, Francine Filsinger, Gary Johnson, Gwenn Beope, Joan Hansen, Krista Timberlake, Linda Luisi, Mo McGee, Stephen Frank Gary, Terry Oshrin, Thomas Thomas and Tish Wynne, who proudly represent the animals on the planet, and are looking forwarding to sharing their experiences in painting each piece.
“This is great! We are pleased to be able to provide artists a venue that they can exhibit in as well as promote our community programs. It’s becomes a winning situation for everyone when the artists go the extra yard to bring awareness to the arts, this will be a wonderful opportunity for the public,” stated Jim Gilliam, Encinitas Arts Administrator.
The Zooinitas exhibit runs through August 24 at the Encinitas Library Art Gallery, open 7 days a week, Mon-Sat, 10am – 5pm, Sun – 12-5pm. For more information about Zoonitas call 760-519-1551 or log on to www.zooinitas.zohosites.com. For more information about the Animal Safehouse Program at Rancho Coastal Humane Society visit the shelter at 389 Requeza Street in Encinitas, call 760-753-6413, or log on to http://rchumanesociety.org/