Jacksonville Artists Guild Zoo Fundraiser – LIONS, TIGERS, AND SQUARES

ZOO_Monkey-artThe Jacksonville Artists Guild (JAG) developed a creative fundraiser for the Jacksonville Zoo & Gardens’ 100-Year Anniversary called “Post to Post Links II error: No link found for term slug "Lions, Tigers and Squares",” which immediately raised more than $4,100 at the launch. JAG’s goal is to surpass the $10,000 mark through this effort to recognize the Zoo’s continued service to Jacksonville and the surrounding area.

JAG artist members painted 105 small square paintings in celebration of the Zoo’s centenary year. Though some of the creative and often humorous paintings are already purchased, all will remain intact and on display at the Palm Plaza Café until September 1, giving the visiting children and families an opportunity to see and purchase a piece of art in this important suite. Whimsical monkeys, flying Roseate Spoonbills, a soulful watercolor giraffe, flowers from the Zoo’s prolific Botanical Garden, predatory birds and more – there’s a painting for everyone.

Wharty Pig by Mary Owen
Wharty Pig by Mary Owen
Lynn McClow, president of JAG, was pleased with the event and that so many JAG artists participated in support of the Zoo. JAG’s mission is to elevate artistic awareness and participation by artists through dynamic programs and exhibitions that enhance, encourage and promote the arts. The Zoo is a community treasure as evidenced by the beautiful collection of images from dozens of JAG members, who took the time and used their talent to showcase this special suite as a fundraising event.

JAG board member and treasurer, as well as an honored 2014 Cultural Council award recipient, artist Cookie Davis coordinated the “Zoo 100th Anniversary Art Panel” fundraiser.

Diane David, director of Development at the Zoo, stated, “We appreciate the Jacksonville Artists Guild joining with us to help celebrate the Zoo’s 100-Year Anniversary. I hope everyone will come out to view the extraordinary artwork that has been created by these talented artists.”

For more information on how you or your company can purchase a piece of the 100-year history of the Zoo made possible by JAG, contact Yarira Osborne, 100-Year Anniversary Coordinator at 757-4463, ext. 390 or email [email protected].

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