Guardians of the Everglades®

To introduce the public to the fragile beauty of the Everglades and its unique ecosystem; to honor today’s leadership in conservation and restoration through great art and compelling human stories; and to encourage the public and policy makers to participate in the protection of the Everglades.

Season Closeout - Last Public Lecture April 11, 2017

Evenings at the Conservancy of SW Florida lecture series is featuring Guardians of the Everglades April 11.  It’s our last public appearance of the season, so come, enjoy and let’s Sell It Out!  It’s the glory of our unique Everglades in photos, rough cut video clips, portraits, and even a song, “River of Grass,” written for Guardians of the Everglades.  It’s a high tech iMovie presentation followed by talk of the 11 Guardians’ portraits and what the project means for all of us.  Maybe even some of the Guardians themselves will be there to speak for themselves . . . Register here: https://www.conservancy.org/evenings

WHEN: Tuesday, April 11 @6:30 p.m.
WHERE: Conservancy of SW Florida - next to the Zoo on Goodlette Frank Road, Naples

Nicholas at the podium at a private event earlier this year.


We've Been "Scouted" Again

The prestigious Scout Guide to the best local businesses in the Naples area has again selected us for inclusion in the 2017-2018 Scout Guide.  We are captioned as “Luxury Home and Corporate Art” for both Connie’s “Dramatic Images from Around the World” and Nicholas’ “Oil Portraits and Commissions.”  Bud. E. Cockatoo Bird supervised the shoot last week.

Art & Conversation

ART ALIVE WEDNESDAY, MARCH 1st, 2017

5 - 8 pm
1719 Trade Center Way, #3
Naples, FL 34109

Look for the slide projections on the front wall of the studio.
Check out the Scout Guide video from December Art Alive on Facebook - scroll down!

https://www.facebook.com/connie.bransilver
https://www.facebook.com/nicholas.petrucci.16

You can see the next Guardian portrait in progress - Roy McBride & Chili.

Special Guests, LEA BORKENHAGEN, Ph. D. Fulbright Scholar, Cote d’Ivoire.
Presently Nike - Sustainable manufacturing - Asia
https://www.linkedin.com/in/lea-borkenhagen-80ba071
http://www.eci.ox.ac.uk/about/advisory.html

MARC RIVERS, MFA Oxford Brookes University - Artist exploring light and time.  See his images on display in the studio.
Portland, OR
www.MarcRivers.com

Light Plays-Esta-Noche ©MarcRivers .jpg

Light Plays-Esta-Noche ©MarcRivers

Join us in French, English, Bahasa Indonesia, or American.

World View - Madagascar ©Connie Bransilver


KUNJANI COFFEE & GALLERY

780 Seagate Dr, Naples
https://kunjaninaples.com

Come see some of Connie’s African images.  Buy and support projects in Africa.

Intelligent Thought ©Connie Bransilver


ADD YOUR PHOTO

As most of you know, I am a Senior Founding Fellow of the International League of Conservation Photographers and now on the Board. We created 1Frame4Nature to share our dedication to conservation and to encourage everyone to participate.

“We are all connected to nature, and through it, to each other. Join our community and share your pictures and stories of your personal connection to nature. Tell us what action(s) you are taking on behalf of nature! Tag #1Frame4Nature on Instagram

Share your #1Frame4Nature images and stories here! www.1Frame4Nature.org and while you are on the site, check out my images about climate change and its potential effect on south Florida. Climate Change Is Real.  Floridians should know!

Under the Mangroves ©Connie Bransilver

Art for Conservation

ART ALIVE WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 1st. 2017

5 - 7 pm
1719 Trade Center Way, #3
Naples, FL 34109

Look for the slide projections on the front wall of the studio.
Check out the Scout Guide video from December Arts Alive on Facebook

https://www.facebook.com/connie.bransilver 
https://www.facebook.com/nicholas.petrucci.16

You can see the next Guardian portrait in progress - Roy McBride & Chili.

 

NEXT ARTS ALIVE - WEDNESDAY, MARCH 1st, 2017

Special Guest, LEA BORKENHAGEN, PH. D. Fulbright Scholar, Cote d’Ivoire
Join us in French or English

Baby Gator - Fragility of Endangered Species ©ConnieBransilver

Baby Gator - Fragility of Endangered Species ©ConnieBransilver

 

CLIMATE CHANGE IS NOT A HOAX

As most of you know, I am a Senior Founding Fellow of the International League of Conservation Photographers. We just created 1Frame4Nature to share our dedication to conservation and to encourage everyone to participate.  Our letter states, in part,

“We are all connected. The water we drink, the air we breathe, and the food we eat unite us in caring for our world.

“The Fellows of the International League of Conservation Photographers are dedicated to furthering conservation and the health of nature through their photography.  They do so by sharing their pictures and stories of what they hold most dear - their connections to the land, water, wildlife, and all of nature for the nourishment of both our bodies and spirits.

“1Frame4Nature (1F4N) is an iLCP led campaign that aims to use our Fellows’ images and stories to encourage online audiences, the general public, to share their images and stories of their own personal connection to nature.”

Share your #1Frame4Nature images and stories here! www.1Frame4Nature.org and while you are on the site, check out my images about climate change and its potential effect on south Florida. Climate Change Is Real. 

Aerial of Florida Bay ©Connie Bransilver

Aerial of Florida Bay ©Connie Bransilver
 

Eye of the Dolphin ©Connie Bransilver

Eye of the Dolphin ©Connie Bransilver

 

DID YOU MARCH?

I did along with about 3,000 of my brothers and sisters in Naples.  Comment here or on my FB page about what the march means to you.

At the march ©Connie Bransilver

Selfie at the March ©Connie Bransilver

Africa - Kunjani & Arts Alive

AFRICA IN HIS BLOOD

Did you know that Nicholas lived in Africa with his father as a young man?  Yes, Uganda and Kenya, and he took an art course at Makerere University in Kampala.  His painting, Mombasa, 32” x 28” Framed Oil with Palette Knife on Canvas, link Nicholas’ love of Mombasa, where his father had a house on the beach, with his current work. 

Mombasa, 32” x 28” Framed Oil with Palette Knife on Canvas ©Nicholas Petrucci

Mombasa, 32” x 28” Framed Oil with Palette Knife on Canvas ©Nicholas Petrucci


“Her Honor - the African Mona Lisa,” 20” x 24” Framed Oil on Canvas, is, some say, his best work.  He met and immediately was in the spell of Nigerian jurist, Mrs. H. A. Balogun, a long time friend of Connie’s.  His respect for her inner beauty is evident in his delicate brush strokes and in the almost-living hijab in red.  These and several other paintings will be featured at Kunjani Craft Coffee and Gallery during the month of January.

Kunjani Craft Coffee & Gallery
780 Seagate Drive
Naples, FL 34103
across from Waterside Shops and just west of US 41
http://www.kunjaninaples.com

“Lifting each other up with love.”  dedicated to doing good and spreading awareness . . . about the humanitarian crises in Zimbabwe, Zambia and South Africa and offer hands-on, practical improvements . . .”

“Her Honor - the African Mona Lisa,” 20” x 24” Framed Oil on Canvas ©Nicholas Petrucci

“Her Honor - the African Mona Lisa,” 20” x 24” Framed Oil on Canvas ©Nicholas Petrucci

 

"The Way Back”  A Naples mother and daughter reconnect with their African homeland:  http://archive.naplesnews.com/news/local/the-way-back-a-naples-mother-and-daughter-reconnect-with-their-african-homeland-333876f5-8301-061f-e-381872581.html 
 

Nicholas selected Bird Gardens of Naples as the Charity of the Month.  Keri is dedicated to parrot welfare in captivity and conservation of wild parrots.  Bud. E. Cockatoo Bird lived there for three years before he and Nicholas were reunited. Buddy now “owns” both Nicholas & Connie. Check it out and support Keri’s great work: https://birdgardensofnaples.org

Bud. E. Cockatoo Bird ©Connie Bransilver

Bud. E. Cockatoo Bird ©Connie Bransilver

 

ART ALIVE WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 4, 2017

5 - 7 pm
1719 Trade Center Way, #3
Naples, FL 34109

Look for the slide projections on the front wall of the studio.
Check out the Scout Guide video from December Arts Alive on Facebook

https://www.facebook.com/connie.bransilver

https://www.facebook.com/nicholas.petrucci.16

You can see the next Guardian portrait in progress - Roy McBride & Chili- see some of Nicholas’ abstract pieces, and check out five of Connie’s photographs just printed on canvas and ready to hang later this month — We will tell you where as soon as we can.

Guardian Roy McBride and Chili ©Connie Bransilver

Guardian Roy McBride and Chili ©Connie Bransilver

 

NEXT ARTS ALIVE - WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 1st, 2017

News for December 2016

YOU ARE INVITED!

JOIN US - WEDNESDAY DEC. 7TH, 5:00 - 8:00 PM

ART ALIVE - Naples Art District - 1st Wednesdays
+ SALON AT SEVEN - “ART FOR GOOD”

Studio - 1719 Trade Center Way #3
Naples, FL 34109

Look for the Fuchsia Flag!

Special surprise - OUTSIDE WALL IMAGES Check it out.

Guardian Franklin Adams, Leadership in Giving — Click Here

Guardian Franklin Adams, Leadership in Giving — Click Here


iLCP Senior Founding Fellow and Board of Directors, Connie, spent a week in Washington at WILDSpeak

with her international conservation photographer colleagues.  Steve Winter keynoted Big Cats — remember the photo of the panther on a ridge in front of the HOLLYWOOD sign? — while Brian Skerry brought us Luminous Seas - his are the memorable shark images — while Sandesh Kadur explored India’s Mountains of Life. Many awesome others. We need, now, especially, to support conservation efforts not only for our precious Everglades (Guardians of the Everglades, of course), but also conservation around the world.  iLCP members bring the beauty and need for care to all of us.  It’s past Giving Tuesday, but not too late to make your 2016 tax deductible contributions to Guardians of the Everglades - http://www.wifv.org/events/#id=245&cid=783&wid=401 or to the International League of Conservation Photographers - http://www.give2gether.com/projects/focus-on-conservation-2016.babyrat/  

WE ALL NEED TO STEP UP NOW!
 

It's Scary Out There

It's Scary Out There

Beautiful, too.  Let’s keep it all safe forever.   

Beautiful, too.  Let’s keep it all safe forever. 

 


EMPTY BOWLS - for Harry Chapin Food Bank

We will have several hand crafted ceramic bowls on display in the studio to announce the Jan. 28th Empty Bowls event in Cambier Park in support of Harry Chapin Food Bank of SW FL.  Stand by for more info or go to www.emptybowlsnaples.org.

©Connie Bransilver Photographer not painter

©Connie Bransilver Photographer not painter

Bud E. Cockatoo - NFS

Bud E. Cockatoo - NFS


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