Ten percent of artwork sales at a current wildlife photography exhibition – featuring local photographers – at the Long Beach Island Foundation of the Arts and Sciences in Loveladies will be donated to Conserve Wildlife Foundation of New Jersey.
“Contributing to this effort will not only support local artists, but also the environment and ecosystem that CWF works to protect,” noted Jillian Schratz, membership and community coordinator.
The primary goal of the “Wild_Life Photography” exhibit, as Schratz explained, “has been to bring awareness to the wildlife and landscapes found throughout the great state of New Jersey.”
“As an organization that prides itself on both art and science, the LBIF has combined these two subjects in one exhibition to show the natural diversity that New Jersey has to offer. From oceans to forests to marshlands, New Jersey’s landscape covers a broad range of habitats, providing refuge to a variety of wildlife animals. The exhibiting New Jersey photographers were selected to participate in this show because of their style and unique focus in what they capture.”
Exhibiting artists, all of whom reside in the state, include Susan Allen, Robert Barnes Laucks, Shawn J. Casey, Mike Cassella, Mark Ceres, Rutger Hagan, Erica Heusser, Ray Hennessy, Albert D. Horner, Christopher Huston, Jennifer Khordi, Allyson Kennedy, Ryan Morrill, Ali Omelio, Joan Phillips, Matt Reitinger, Christopher Smith, Michael Torres, Jim Verhagen and Ben Wurst.
Wurst, a CWF employee, will donate 100 percent of his proceeds from this show to CWF, which is aiming to raise enough money to purchase a new boat to help with osprey monitoring and protection.
For more information on the project, or to make a direct donation to this cause, visit gofundme.com/njospreys. “CWF receives no funding from the state, so every donation, small or large, allows them to keep working to protect N.J. wildlife and ecosystem,” said Schratz.
The photography exhibit, free and open to the public, runs through March 16. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. All work in the exhibit is for sale.