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500 and Rising: Celebrating Sierra Bighorn
Public Art and Conservation Project Highlights Endangered Species Native to Eastern Sierra
Bishop, California, January 17, 2013 – On the evening of February 16th, local conservation organizations and concerned citizens of the Eastern Sierra will partner with a San Francisco-based art studio to host an art exhibit and fundraiser dedicated to protecting the iconic Sierra Nevada bighorn sheep from extinction. From 5:30 to 8pm, Bishop’s Mountain Light Gallery will showcase the Migrating Mural, a public art and conservation project created by science illustrator Jane Kim, the founder of INK-DWELL Studio, in partnership with the Sierra Nevada Bighorn Sheep Foundation.
“It is exciting to bring an elusive animal to the forefront and make hard to see wildlife easy to see. But this is just the first step. We need active community support to ensure the recovery of Sierra bighorn,” says Kim.
The Migrating Mural is a series of murals depicting endangered animals along migration corridors they share with humans, with the goal of driving support and protection for species in peril. The first chapter of the Migrating Mural showcases Sierra bighorn in four communities along a 150-mile stretch of Highway 395. The first site was completed in November 2012 with two murals at the Mount Williamson Motel in Independence.
To commemorate the completion of the first mural in the Migrating Mural project, as well as the recent growth of the Sierra bighorn population to 500 animals from a low of 100 in the 1990s, the Mountain Light Gallery opens a new guest exhibit, “500 and Rising”, on February 16. In addition to Kim’s work, the exhibit will showcase local photographers including Andy Selters, Jim Stimson and Moose Peterson, who will share photos of Sierra bighorn habitat, forage, natural and cultural history as well as the photographers’ experience, in Selters’ words, “knowing that the odds of getting a good Sierra bighorn photograph are slim.” Of more than a thousand endangered species in America, Sierra Nevada bighorn sheep are uniquely poised to achieve recovery.
Opening night, February 16, 2013 from 5:30 – 8:00 pm offers an art auction fundraiser hosted by the Sierra Nevada Bighorn Sheep Foundation. An evening of bighorn education, culture, and history, the fundraiser will also feature brief presentations by guest speakers and a chance to win terrific prizes via raffle and silent auction. John Wehausen, the leading authority on Sierra bighorn, will lead a bighorn-tracking field trip the day after the party on Sunday, February 17. The exhibit runs through April 30, 2013.
Tickets are $25 in advance or $30 at the door and include the bighorn-tracking field trip.Proceeds benefit the Sierra Nevada Bighorn Sheep Foundation and the Migrating Mural. For more information and to purchase tickets visit www.sierrabighorn.org or www.sagetosummit.com.
The Sierra Nevada Bighorn Sheep Foundation is a non-profit dedicated to securing the future of Sierra bighorn through research, education, and advocacy.
When: Saturday, February 16, 2013 at 5:30pm
Where: Mountain Light Gallery, 106 South Main Street, Bishop, CA.