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11. The Power of Art
      October 19, 2018


At the end of our month at the Southern African Wildlife College, April decided to put on an art show of the work she had done during our stay. As I watched visitors arrive, I was struck by the way the event brought together various parts of the community; visitors included professors, students, wildlife managers, hunters-in-training, rangers-in-training, and more. Even though I had been living and working among many of these people for a month, and had shared stories of New Hampshire, Costa Rica, and the Three-wattled Bellbird, I hadn't yet seen people react with the same joy and emotion that they expressed in the presence of the paintings, drawings, sculpture, and graphics on display. People were clearly moved by what they experienced.

The power of art.

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Flyer advertising the reception


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Visitors in front of The Sameness of Newness


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The Sameness of Newness -
found wire fencing, organic materials, salvaged coppery wire, text.


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Closeup of The Sameness of Newness



Tomas (future bird guide) exploring bird images
of a mural April painted at a local high school


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The nearly finished mural at Acornhoek High School


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Ostrich closeup


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Crested Barbet closeup


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Rirhandzu and the Go-away Bird, oil on paperboard


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Agnes and the Ghost Bird, oil on paperboard


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Gustav admiring sketches


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Bird Sketches


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View from House A, acrylic on canvas


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First Love, oil on canvasboard



Some "red carpet" photos in front of Cosmogenesis (conte crayon on wall), with and without the artist...

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