Join us on May 15th for a day of activities centered on learning more about endangered species. The GSC staff will be joined by community members to provide special presentations on animals ranging from bees and butterflies to tigers and sharks! As guests tour that day be sure to stop by and watch local artists at work. CARE (Coalition of Artists for the Recognition of Endangered species) will be located through the property showcasing their talents by creating works of art that spotlight the GSC’s endangered species. From sculptors to painters guests will get a beautiful view of these majestic animals as seen through the eyes of artists.
So, exactly who are these talented, smart, community minded people, well here’s a little background.
Linda Walbridge – Bee Keeper – Linda became a beekeeper after observing a local beekeeper remove a hive from their family camper. The local beekeeper caught the queen and removed the bees to take them to his apiary. Since Linda was so intrigued by the process the beekeeper offered to show her how to keep the bees safely in a hive. Linda spent 2 years contemplating the offer. Then Christmas 2010 she received a bee keeper suit and all the necessary gear to get started with her own hive. And that was all she needed, she was committed! That began her now 5 year journey of beekeeping.
In 2013 Linda moved to Greensboro where she met with Executive Director of the GSC, Glenn Dobrogosz and Zoo Curator, Jessica Hoffman. They discussed the importance of bee education at a facility like the Center. After a lot of prep work and time, the GSC welcomed their first hives in April 2015. Visitors were really interested in seeing the bees at the Center and the Center is thrilled to work with Linda to educate visitors and tell the story of the honey bee.
Karine Thoresen – Artist – Karine Thoresen is a Nationally and Internationally recognized oil painter specializing in animals. Born and raised in Norway, she came to the US after high-school and studied art with the Hicks Art Center in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. She started out painting canines because they have always occupied positions in the animal world that were closest to our affections and they continue to play roles that mirror the activities and needs of the humans they live with. Karine’s paintings are present in private collections all over the US and Europe. Karine makes her home in Greensboro, North Carolina.
Addren Doss – Artist – North Carolina artist, Addren Doss, works in oils and pastel, and has been painting professionally for over twenty five years. Her paintings of landscapes and animals are filled with light and bold strokes of vibrant color.
Addren spent the first twenty years of her art career as a graphic designer doing corporate and freelance work. In 1990 she decided to follow her true passion, and began her career as a painter. Over the years she has studied with many noted American artists. She now feels the need and responsibility to use her gift to help raise funds for worthy organizations, and to share what she has learned by teaching classes and workshops in oil and pastel.
Andrea Hennings – Artist – Andrea Hennings was born in Koblenz, Germany in 1963 and currently lives and works in Greensboro, NC. Mostly self-taught, but inspired and supported by her likewise artistically talented father, she developed her realistic style, preferably expressed through acrylic on canvas.
Cecelia Cox – Artist – Cecelia Cox is an accomplished artist who creates works of painterly realism. She works in oils, under north light. This beautiful soft light imbues the objects she thoughtfully arranges with an evocative tranquility. Cecelia studied art at Mississippi University for Women and the Atlanta College of Art. She continues her art study with workshops and classes given by well-known artist/instructors, including Scott Burdick, Susan Lyon, and Sherrie McGraw. Cecelia is an Associate Member of Oil Painters of America, American Women Artists and The International Guild of Realism. Her works are in many private and public collections, including that of noted collector of Russian art, Lyle Finley, and the collection of Elon University. Paintings have been juried into several prestigious national exhibits, including American Women Artists, Oil Painters of America and Salon International. www.ceceliacox.com
John Gibbs – Artist – John is a multi-talented artist currently working as an sculptor, painter, illustrator and designer. John’s paintings have been exhibited at a number of galleries in the triad area. John received his B.F.A. in Sculpture and Scientific Illustration from the University of Michigan. His artistic education also included study in Florence, Italy (through the study abroad program at the University of Michigan), as well as at the College for Creative Studies in Detroit, MI and at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He began exhibiting paintings at galleries and festivals in Chicago while working as an Art Director for a marketing firm. John co-founded Super Duper Art Co., a gallery in Chicago’s Lincoln Park neighborhood before moving to Lancaster, PA. There, John was Artist in Residence at Keystone Art & Culture Center, a non-profit gallery and educational bronze foundry. At Keystone, he worked to establish the facilities, while exhibiting paintings and completing commissioned sculptures. John’s work was recognized by New American Paintings Magazine as a featured artist in issue #69, which represented artists of the Mid-Atlantic Region. John currently lives and works in Greensboro, NC and more of his work can be seen at www.gibbsgallery.com.