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Art Meets Conservation
Each year during our selling season we are asked to donate artwork to some of the larger outdoor expo trade shows we attend. In the past we have offered 100% donations for any proceeds received from these pieces; with funds going to the various conservation groups highlighted by these shows.

If you have ever been involved in a live auction where artwork, either prints or originals are offered, then you know as a general rule of thumb art is sold for much lower values than when on sale in a retail setting, unless of course you are a very big name in the art world… this generally means buyers obtain very good artwork for extremely reasonable prices, but also charitable recipients do not gain as much financially, and the artist, in a 100% offer, gains virtually nothing, not even a tax break for a charitable contribution.

Having said this, we still believe art can successfully generate funding for charities, so we decided to try something different. This season we decided to offer our donations on a 50/50 split. With 50% of the proceeds going to the show and their conservation groups, and the remaining 50% to go to a conservation group that was closer to home for us; a group we felt strongly needed financial assistance and more global recognition.

Though funds raised were not as high as we had hoped, we are very happy we have a bit more control on our donation offerings and we are very proud to announce this season the recipient of our “collaborative” donation efforts is
The Big Life Foundation.

This is an extremely worthwhile project that works to protect over 2 million acres of wilderness in the Amboseli-Tsavo ecosystem of East Africa.

Please visit their website: biglife.org to learn more about their various projects and the amazing teams of men and women that work so diligently to protect Africa’s wildlife.

Thank you all for your continued support of art and African conservation.

Sincerely,

Pete and Lisa Blackwell

 


 
 
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