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Oradell, NJ
Hiram Blauvelt Art Museum, November 15-January 4

Carrie Heiberger Cook, Ghost of Madagascar, oil, 24 x 24.

Carrie Heiberger Cook, Ghost of Madagascar, oil, 24 x 24.

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From November 15 through January 4, the Hiram Blauvelt Art Museum in Oradell, NJ, hosts the Society of Animal Artists’ annual traveling exhibition, Art and the Animal. Back in August, the group premiered its 54th Annual Exhibition, featuring wildlife and animal works by 125 member artists, at The Wildlife Experience in Parker, CO. Beginning this month, a portion of the exhibition goes on tour to three other venues—and the Blauvelt is its first stop.

The exhibition features 60 works by 60 artists in a diverse range of media—
including watercolor, acrylic, oil, bronze, steel, marble, and serigraph—that depict subjects spanning the entire spectrum of the animal kingdom. Participating artists include Carel Brest van Kempen, James Coe, Anne Faust, Brian Jarvi, Terry Miller, Sean Murtha, Leo Osborne, Carrie Heiberger Cook, Julia Rogers, and Shawn Gould. “Each artist is unique and brings to life the richness of wildlife art,” says James Bellis Jr., the president of the museum’s board of directors.

Of course, the museum is no stranger to the Society of Animal Artists, which boasts nearly 500 artist members worldwide. “Each year, we look forward to collaborating with the [organization] by featuring their exhibits, which tour throughout the country,” Bellis says. Considering the two organizations’ shared interests and goals, it’s no surprise that they’ve come together on many occasions. “The Hiram Blauvelt Museum is unique in its focus and dedication to wildlife art,” explains Bellis. The museum was established in 1957 by the Blauvelt-Demarest Foundation, a legacy of the late philanthropist, conservationist, and collector Hiram Blauvelt. Through the contribution of his private wildlife art and big game collections, Blauvelt hoped to promote the cultural value of wildlife art and the need for conservation of its subjects and their habitats. Similarly, the Society of Animal Artists is “dedicated to the portrayal of our living heritage and its preservation through demonstrations, seminars, lectures, and exhibitions.”

The Blauvelt has also hosted several SAA members through its artist-in-residence program. “We hope people will also visit the museum next spring and meet five former participants in the program: Guy Combes, Dwayne Harty, Geordie Millar, Terry Miller, and Aaron Yount,” Bellis says. —Lindsay Mitchell

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