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“ELEPHANTS AND OTHER BIG SUBJECTS”
An exhibition of works by Liora Davis, the Elephant Messenger
FORT LAUDERDALE, FL -- The Broward based artist, Liora Davis, known as an Elephant Messenger, is raising her brush in order to shed light on the grave and critical situation in which elephants are at risk of extinction. Liora and many experts believe that our actions and decisions as humans now will make all the difference in ensuring the survival of elephants.
The “ELEPHANTS AND OTHER BIG SUBJECTS” exhibition, on display at ArtServe in Fort Lauderdale from February 3 - 28, will also feature the inter-connectivity of our world and will display a selection of art pieces displaying some of the beautiful native Florida plants and wildlife which are currently facing environmental challenges.
One of Liora’s signature pieces, "Wake UP, Save the Earth!" is a statement about how we need to respond, speak up, and engage pressing environmental challenges in order to preserve this beautiful and vulnerable planet for future generations.
Guests will experience music by Laura Sue, The Silver Nightingale as well as recorded music by Vicki Hallett featuring elephant rumblings courtesy of The Elephant Listening Project.
The exhibit is open to the public February 3 – 28. A portion of proceeds will be shared with The Elephant Listening Project, The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, and The South Florida Wildlife Center.
WHAT: Art Exhibition Featuring the work of Liora Davis, the Elephant Messenger
WHEN: Reception: February 22, 2018 6-9pm • Open to Public February 3 - 28
WHERE: ArtServe • 1350 E. Sunrise Blvd • Fort Lauderdale
Artserve is open to the public from 9- 5 pm, most weeks 7 days, but do call about Sundays.
Funding for this project is provided in part by the Broward County Board of County Commissioners as recommended by the Broward Cultural Council.
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A TRIBUTE TO ELEPHANTS
and other works
by a Broward artist who has been called “Vibrant Elephant Messenger”
Liora Goldfield Davis
This exhibit will focus on elephants, and to shed a light on their beauty, their tenderness and how similar they are to us emotionally in an effort to raise awareness of their plight. Liora’s art reflects an urgent need to act decisively to ensure the survival of this iconic species. Elephant populations are being decimated, with estimates of 35,000 or more being killed in 2012 and 2013 in Africa alone, each year that is approximately 10% of their current population. The soaring price of ivory has put a price on each elephant's head.
Thursday, March 6, 2014 6 - 9 p.m.
Parker Playhouse www.parkerplayhouse.com
707 NE 8th Street
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304
March 5th - April 1st, 2014
“In October 2012, I heard a story on NPR radio about the poaching in the Preserve in Tanzania titled ‘In A Tanzanian Village, Elephant Poachers Thrive’. The story shook me to the core. It shed light on the severity of the poaching in Africa. Over 35,000 Elephants were slain brutally, (entire families with babies and pregnant females) for their ivory last year alone in Africa. Estimates are that if this continues at this rate, they could be extinct in 10-12 years. That horrifies me. I truly had the feeling that I didn't want to live in a world where this could happen to these magnificent beings, and just couldn't shake the devastating feeling in my gut. The next day I was in a meditation and saw elephant paintings. I started painting immediately and then contacted The Elephant Listening Project, who gave me permission to use their amazing photos. http://www.birds.cornell.edu/brp/elephant./index.html
I am also painting the orphans from The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust. Check out their website to learn more about what they are doing to stop poaching and about their orphan project. ” http://www.sheldrickwildlifetrust.org/ Since the cost of ivory has skyrocketed, organized crime and terrorist groups are using it to quickly get money.
50% of proceeds of Elephant pieces will be donated to The Elephant Listening Project and/or The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust. 20% of proceeds of Non elephant pieces will also go to support these organizations and other organizations that protect and care for elephants.
At an early age, Liora was profoundly affected by the quote by Robert Kennedy; “There are those that look at things the way they are, and ask why? I dream of things that never were, and ask why not?” Her love of art and beauty led her to attend Parsons School of Design in New York, which honed her eye for design and color. Living and traveling in Europe as an adult has had a great influence as well. Liora grew up in Norwalk, Connecticut, and has been living and working mostly in South Florida since 1986. She has been a full time artist since the late eighties.
Exhibits include a solo show at the Gildo Pastor Center Gallery at The World Trade Center in Monte Carlo. Here in the U.S., there were a series of solo shows at the Northern Trust Banks, Broward College and numerous galleries. Collections include The Smithsonian Museum, the Virginia Beach Center for Contemporary Art, The Art of Living Foundation, and The Northern Trust Bank.
“My works are the expressive reflections of inner and outer journeys. Each painting documents a fleeting moment in my life, infused with all of it's emotions and perceptions. I venture in and out of reality playing with shifts in focus and viewpoint. Using mixed media, including the finest watercolors, I encourage the paint to flow and burst into magical shapes, helping to birth its own creation. Regardless of media, each stroke of the brush inspires the next, and ultimately, the outcome. Interwoven in all of the art that I create is my love for this magnificent planet and all of her creatures, particularly and most recently, elephants. My goal with each piece is to transport the viewer to a place of awareness and beauty, regardless of the subject.”
Liora will also be showing pieces spanning the last two decades of European Architecture, Mandalas, and my Backyard Series along with other works. This will be the largest showing of her works to date.
Music by The Silver Nightingale
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Postcards from Europe
An Art Exhibit and Classical Concert
Featuring artwork by Liora and music by
the South Florida Chamber Ensemble.
Take a multi-sensory journey through
Europe. See the art, hear the music and
taste cheeses from around Europe.
The music is inspired by the regions
depicted in the art.
Sunday, September 30, 2012 at 2PM
1350 E. Sunrise Blvd, Ft Lauderdale, FL 33304
$15 general admission