“Art and Conservation: Our Hidden Treasures” – a conservation-themed art show and sale – will be presented April 12-14 by the Cibolo Nature Center & Farm, the Hill Country Council for the Arts and Boerne Professional Artists.The exhibit will be part of Boerne Professional Artists’ Parade of Artists 2013, an annual walking/riding tour of art venues in Boerne.
Twenty-five Texas artists from across Texas spent a year getting to know 19 private Hill Country ranches to create art for theshow.Participating landowners provided access to their properties to allow the artists toexplore and study the land through the seasons and interpret their experiences in nature through works of art. The exhibit will be held in the auditorium at the Cibolo Nature Center & Farm, and will be open to the public from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. April 12 and 13 and from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 14.
Artists were selected to participate via a jury process, for which they submitted works created on public lands. The works submitted for the jury will be shown and offered for sale along with those created during the time the artists spent on private lands. Twenty percent of sale proceeds will help support outdoor education and citizen science programs at the non-profit Cibolo Nature Center & Farm, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year.
For the works created on private lands, judges will bestow aBest of Show award of $1,000 and two honorable mention awards of $100 and $75 to the artists. Exhibition attendees also will be able to vote on a People’s Choice Award of $100.
“Art and Conservation: Our Hidden Treasures” began in 2007 as a project to raise awareness about and promote conservation of Hill Country animals, plants, land and water. The project is held in two-year cycles.
Doris Perez, director of operations for the Cibolo Nature Center & Farm and president of the Hill Country Council for the Arts, explained the exhibit is subtitled “Hidden Treasures” because the properties are not generally open to the public. “Through these works of art, the public has a chance to see something special they would not ordinarily get to experience,” she said.
“The landowners who invite the artists to spend time on their land are committed to conserving the natural beauty, habitat for wildlife and the resources the land provides for people,” Perez added. “Everyone involved in this project hopes the artwork will inspire a deeper appreciation for the importance of conserving our natural lands and waters on both private and public lands.”
The Cibolo Nature Center & Farm in Boerne is located on 162 acres of natural lands at Boerne City Park off Highway 46 just west of the Kendall County Fairgrounds. With a mission of conservation of natural resources through education and stewardship, the CNC is celebrating its 25th year. Call (830) 249-4616 or visit www.cibolo.org.