Born in Champaign, Illinois, Nicholas Petrucci was raised in a family that valued travel, experience and the arts. Visiting the great museums of Europe and the United States, Nicholas was enchanted by the creations of the Old Masters. Rembrandt and Caravaggio still inspire his art. World-renowned for his portraits, Nicholas, in the words of Oscar Wilde, paints “life’s experiences into each portrait.”
Nicholas believes, “there will be a paradigm shift in these uncertain times back to the clarity of the wisdom of the Old Masters; in essence, a renaissance of simple beauty in its pure form.” If this is true, he is on the forefront of a powerful new movement in art.
Regarding the Guardians of the Everglades® Nicholas says, “I want to honor those who have given so much of themselves to their belief in this unique natural habitat, to communicate to everyone that we must protect it and preserve it for those who will come after us.” www.NicholasPetrucci.comRead more here.
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Connie Bransilver's dedication to conservation photography spans 20 years and all seven continents with special emphasis on her own southwest Florida. Her two published books focus on the conservation of Florida’s swamp wetlands: Florida’s Unsung Wilderness: The Swamps, with a foreword by Dr. Jane Goodall, and Wild Love Affair: Essence of Florida’s Native Orchids. Her articles have appeared in many dozens of books and magazines in Europe, Asia, Australia and North America, and she is widely known for her multi-media slide and music, poetry lecture presentations on human interaction with the natural world. Her artwork hangs in museums and major corporate and private collections. Her photograph of a Ghost Orchid was selected as a main image at the IUCN Congress in Barcelona, Spain. She is a charter Fellow in the prestigious International League of Conservation Photographers (ILCP) dedicated to ethical conservation photography.
Connie says, "The totality of the images in the Guardians of the Everglades® installation gives this conservation story emotional appeal. It connects, inspires, and engages us, and paired with solid science and strong grass-roots conservation support, I believe we can protect our unique heritage." www.ConnieBransilver.com Read more here.
Petrucci and Bransilver strongly believe education and understanding are the keys to conservation. In conjunction with Guardians of the Everglades® they will develop political and funding goals for Everglades restoration. Teaching tools will be downloadable and school groups will be encouraged to visit.
Speaking for all participants, Nicholas said, “We envision the exhibition entertaining, educating and inspiring people to know, love and protect the Everglades.”