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Apes and Art - How Art is Helping Rescue Orangutans and Chimpanzees

Miami, Florida – December 1, 2014 – Art is helping chimpanzees and orangutans, both mentally and physically. Painting is one of the many enrichment activities, imperative to their mental health, provided to rescued apes living at the Center for Great Apes, an award-winning, non-profit sanctuary in Florida. Art by the apes will also help raise funds for the sanctuary during the annual ENDANGERED: Art4Apes exhibition. This special show features art by winners of the ENDANGERED Art & Photography contest as well as art by Bubbles, the chimpanzee once owned by Michael Jackson, who now has a permanent home at the Center for Great Apes. A limited number of paintings by Bubbles will be for sale with proceeds benefiting the sanctuary. The exhibition will be open from 2pm – 9pm, December 4-6, 2014 the same week as Art Basel Miami Beach. The exhibition is located at the Miami Club Gallery and Distillery, 2320 North Miami Avenue in the Wynwood district of Miami. For more information visit www.Art4Apes.com.

“The paintbrush is mightier than the sword and the pen combined,” stated Dr. Lindsey Matheson, Founder and Director of ENDANGERED: Art4Apes, “Painting is a valued enrichment activity for both the chimpanzees and orangutans at the Center for Great Apes. Their interest in painting illustrates their creative abilities and it also help raise funds for the non-profit sanctuary as a limited number of pieces by Bubbles will be on show and for sale during the ENDANGERED exhibition.”     

The chimpanzees and orangutans at the Center for Great Apes enjoy many enrichment activities including painting. Only non-toxic paints, chalks and other products that are certified child-safe are used in enrichment art activities. To donate more art and enrichment supplies for the apes, visit the Wish List page at www.CenterForGreatApes.org

More than 300 entries were received for the ENDANGERED Art & Photography 2014 contest. The judges for the annual art contest included Thomas Collins, Director of the Pérez Art Museum Miami; Joel Sartore, the acclaimed National Geographic photographer, author, speaker and teacher; and Carolyn Benesh, co-editor and publisher of Ornament magazine. Bruce Helander, Editor-in-Chief of The Art Economist, judged the Young Artist entries.  

ENDANGERED: Art4Apes was launched in 2012 to raise awareness of issues facing animals and the environment. All entry fees, donations and a portion of all art sales go to the Center for Great Apes, a non-profit, top-rated sanctuary for orangutans and chimpanzees. As a part of the program, winners of the annual ENDANGERED Art & Photography Contest, along with selected entries and art by Bubbles from the Center for Great Apes, will be displayed during Art Basel Miami week at Miami Club Gallery & Distillery, located at 2320 N Miami Avenue in Miami, Florida. The special exhibition will be open to the public from 2-9 pm, December 4-6th, 2014.

About ENDANGERED: Art for Apes

Established in 2012, the ENDANGERED Art & Photography Contest received more than 300 entries from around the world including submissions from artists in the United States, Canada, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, the Far East and Africa. Approximately 2,000 guests toured the exhibition last year. The ENDANGERED Art & Photography Contest and Exhibition raises awareness of threats to wildlife and the environment.  Entry fees and proceeds support the Center for Great Apes, a 501(c)3 registered non-profit sanctuary for orangutans and chimpanzees. The Center for Great Apes’ mission is to provide a permanent sanctuary for orangutans and chimpanzees who have been rescued or retired from the entertainment industry, from research, or who are no longer wanted as pets. The Center for Great Apes provides care with dignity in a safe, healthy, and enriching environment for great apes in need of lifetime care. For more information about the ENDANGERED Art & Photography Contest and Exhibition visit http://www.Art4Apes.com

ENDANGERED: Art4Apes is very grateful to our generous sponsors for their help and support.  Sponsors of “ENDANGERED: ART for Apes” include Miami Club Rum, Miami's only distillery producing award winning rum, Juried Art Services and Merrill Lynch Wealth Management, Private Banking and Investment Group.

For more information about the ENDANGERED Art & Photography Contest and Exhibition visit http://www.Art4Apes.com

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About The Center for Great Apes

The Center for Great Apes is a 501(c)3 registered non-profit sanctuary for orangutans and chimpanzees founded in 1993 by Patti Ragan. The Center for Great Apes’ mission is to provide a permanent sanctuary for orangutans and chimpanzees who have been rescued or retired from the entertainment industry, from research, or who are no longer wanted as pets. The Center provides care with dignity in a safe, healthy, and enriching environment for great apes in need of lifetime care. It is the only orangutan sanctuary in North America and one of the leading chimpanzees sanctuaries in the world. With 45 apes at the Sanctuary, expenses total $1.4million annually. The Center receives no government funding and relies on memberships, donations, private grants and fundraising efforts to support this vital work.    

For more information please visit www.Centerforgreatapes.org

 

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