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WILD!: Celebrating Wildlife & Diversity Through Art Opens May 20th (2-4pm)

May 14, 2017 Amy Ditto

Timely Art Exhibition Opens for Endangered Species Day: “WILD! Celebrating Wildlife & Diversity Through Art”

Albuquerque, NM - 12 May 2017 - Ghostwolf Gallery and The Defenders of Wildlife (DoW) announce a juried exhibition entitled “WILD!: A Celebration of Wildlife & Diversity Through Art” for endangered species day. WILD! aims to raise awareness regarding wildlife and related issues, a topic that is particularly relevant in today's political climate. The exhibition will run from May 20th – June 20th 2017 with an opening May 20th (2-4pm). A percentage of proceeds of sales from the show will benefit DoW. WILD! will feature the work of 21 local artists with special guest artists Amanda Banker and Rocky Norton. Opening festivities include an interactive live painting demo on the patio by Mr. Norton and talks by DoW and local artists including Sandra Corless and Ghostwolf artist, mammalian biologist, and owner Amy M. Ditto. A representative from Wildlife West will also be present with a rescue animal the public can interact with.

Defenders of Wildlife is a national organization that works to protect and restore imperiled wildlife across North America and around the world. Michael Dax says “We are expecting large-scale legislative attacks on the Endangered Species Act in Congress, and Endangered Species Day and WILD! is the perfect opportunity to celebrate native wildlife, especially those species whose continued survival is due to this landmark law. Defenders is a science-based organization focused on recovering threatened and endangered species, but we recognize that people relate to wildlife in many different ways, and we think its important to highlight those connections. Considering New Mexico’s deep artistic traditions, we’re excited to be a part of WILD!”

Twenty-one artists will be exhibiting work in the juried exhibition. Artwork ranges from the serious to the irreverent with lots of wonder in between. The show also features special guest artists Amanda Banker and Rocky Norton. Ms. Banker's whimsical, surreal, anthropomorphized animal characters delight the eye and tickle the funnybone. Her rich, highly detailed imagery has been widely exhibited and is in the permanent collection of the Albuquerque Art Museum. Amanda says: Animal behavior has always fascinated me. I love the strange and unexplainable things that animals do, such as a lion befriending a dachshund, or a blue bird that is obsessed with a tv remote. These behaviors give rise to unique and complicated personalities. They show a complex individual with ideas, wants, and needs that humans often overlook.

Mr. Norton's work resonates on a more serious note. The artist, once a competitive skateboarder, is well-known for his dynamic large-scale paintings and organic, landscape- inspired furniture designs. Rocky's current imagery emphasizes a juxtaposition between street life and wildlife utilizing homelessness as a metaphor for challenges threatened and endangered species currently face.

Ghostwolf owner, artist, and curator Amy M. Ditto is a multiple award-winning artist featured throughout New Mexico. Amy's bold, vibrant digital collages cover a variety of subject matters with wildlife being a regular theme. Amy also holds a PhD in Mammalian Ecology and has a strong commitment to the preservation and protection of natural species and spaces. “At a young age, I was struck by how careless we as a species are in our daily lives where others are concerned. When Defenders of Wildlife approached me regarding an outreach event, I was thrilled. As a biologist, I understand the interrelationships between ourselves and our environments and feel that it is imperative that we act responsibly with regard to protecting and managing all elements of the natural world. My own wildlife-related work is sometimes serious but largely playful. I hold wildlife in great reverence. I do not recognize western hierarchical valuations which suggest we as Homo sapiens are somehow radically disjunct/distinct from the rest of the animal kingdom. Surely, our evolutionary trajectory has made us unique, but we share a kinship with our wild little brothers and sisters and I aim to celebrate that through my work.”

Ghostwolf Gallery was established one year ago and is located in Old Town Albuquerque. Focused exclusively on displaying contemporary fine art and craft, Ghostwolf features artists with truly unique visions. WILD! Is Ghostwolf's second juried exhibition. Opening May 20th from 2-4pm, the show runs continually from May 20-June 20, 2017. Regular gallery hours are 11-6 daily (closed Tuesdays). Ghostwolf can be found at 2043 Sth Plaza St. NW, Albuquerque, NM. Visit http://www.ghostwolf.gallery or call (505) 246-WOLF for more information.