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February 2014

Charlotte Art League in Charlotte, NC, Offers Exhibition on Disappearing Frogs

The Charlotte Art League in Charlotte, NC, will present the Disappearing Frogs Project, featuring a large exhibit of works on the subject by many artists, on view from Feb. 1 - 28, 2014. A reception will be held on Feb. 7, beginning at 6pm.

Charlotte artist Terry Thirion was saddened when 10 years ago she read about the growing extinction of 300 frog species due to pollution and habitat loss. This sorrow grew over the years into an overwhelming need to speak out about the travesty. For her platform she chose the medium she knows best to communicate passion, statements and ideas: Art.

The Disappearing Frogs Project culminates more than a year of extensive research and collaboration by Thirion to tell the tragic, yet hope-filled story of the plight of frogs worldwide. The Charlotte Art League is honored to host this special event during the month of February.

More than 100 artists responded in support of Thirion’s call, contributing 190 original paintings, sculptures and photos, which are on display throughout the month. Proceeds from art sales will be used to expand the Project to other cities. The Project also includes presentations with films and discussions led by environmental experts. A puppet show for the youngsters raises environmental awareness with a cast of frogs. The project closes Feb. 22 with an evening of music, poetry and discussion.

Disappearing Frogs Project schedule of events:

On Feb. 1, at 5pm - Discussion and presentation by Monica Pearson, a conservation biologist from British Columbia, Canada, whose focus is wetland and multi-species ecosystem restoration.

On Feb., 7, at 6pm - Opening reception for the Disappearing Frogs Project art exhibit. Exhibit runs through the end of the month.

On Feb. 15, at 5pm - Panel discussion moderated by Barbara Vermeire featuring Professor Reid N. Harris, research biologist at James Madison University, on the causes and effects of a devastating fungus among amphibians; Sam Perkins, Catawba Riverkeeper, on effects of habitat destruction on amphibians and the ongoing protection efforts; and Stephen Hutchinson, Mecklenburg County Parks and Rec, on how frogs function in our ecological system, their benefits to humans, and the County’s educational efforts.

On Feb. 22, at 6pm - An evening of open mic, music, poetry and discussion of the disappearance of frogs.

Performances of Green Haven, an original puppet show written and produced by Johanna Steinz, will be shown on Feb. 1, 7, 15 and 22 at 3:45pm. Local illustrator Judy Love has created a coloring book to accompany the production.

All events are held at the Charlotte Art League, 1517 Camden Road, Charlotte, and are free and open to the public.

For further information check our NC Institutional Gallery listings, call CAL at 704/376-2787 or visit (www.charlotteartleague.org).

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