James Museum of Western and Wildlife Art

On Saturday April 10, 2021, we visited the James Museum to view a traveling exhibit “Go Artfully Wild.” The exhibit showcases Artist for Conservation (AFC)’s International “Nature in Art” exhibit. The exhibit features “60 paintings and sculptures that awaken our responsibility to conserve the diversity and wonder of our natural world.” The exhibit is on view from March 13 to May 23, 2021.

Patsy Lindamood – Jaguar with a Twist 2019. Colored pencil and pastel
Michelle McCune – Shake. 2020 Oil on Canvas

AFC is a non-profit Canadian-based organization, founded in 1997. The work of John Seerey-Lester, a signature member of AFC, is included in the exhibit as a special tribute. John Seerey-Lester (1945-2020) was a British-born painter who became a citizen of the United States of America in May 2011.

Rachel Ivanyi – A Delicate Balance. 2018. Watercolor and gouche on handmade paper. Shows importance of one lttle bird (Clark’s nutcracker) spreading seeds of the endangered whitebark pine that are more resistent to forest destructive bark bettles and blister rust. The whitebark pine is crititical to regulating snowpak retention/melting and thus critical to regulating the water supply downslop

AFC is the world’s leading artist organization whoses mission is to support wildlife and habitat conservation and to promote environmental education. They have hundreds of members from five continents and thirty countries. Each work of art in the “Go Artfully Wild” exhibition is dedicated to their mission.

Laurie Riley – Green Iguana 2018 Scratchboard and acrylic. NN note: The artists depicts less cuddly animals with an “aim to bring their true beauty to the eye of the beholder.”
Dorset Norwich-Young – Ancient in Time. 2020. Acrylic on canvas. “Forest bathing is a Japanese healing art known as “Shinrin -yuku”. The practice is based upon reconnecting with nature through the senses of sight, hearing, taste, smell and touch. The essence is to bathe yourself in the forest atmosphere, to feel the spirit of the trees, to learn to carry the forest within you. …Worldwide, forest wisdom has been passed down by the elders and Indigenous peoples througout history. It is as ‘Ancient as Time.'”
Kathy Kleinsteiber – Please Don”t Let This be All That”s Left. 2017. Morning Dove feather. Oil on panel. NN note: I am always amazed when an artist can provide a 3 dimensional look to a painting. The dove feather looked as if it were a feather floating in air from a nail in a piece of wood.

The James Museum of Western and Wildlife Art is located at 150 Central Ave, St. Petersburg, FL 33701. Founded by businessman Thomas James (https://www.raymondjames.com/about-us/art-collection), the museum opened in April 2018. The 26,000 square feet museum gallery space houses contemporary and traditional premiere works of art (sculpture, paintings and jewelry).

sculpture outside museum
Robert Griffing – Another Broken Treaty 2013. Oil on canvas.

“The James Museum of Western & Wildlife Art provides experiences that inspire human connection and transformation through art depicting the peoples, landscapes, and history of the American West, and wildlife of the world… The museum engages the community through programs and educational opportunities, for all ages, that bring our history to life and amplify voices that are not often at the forefront of mainstream western art”. For more information on The James’ Mission/Vision go to https://thejamesmuseum.org/mission-vision-values/.

4 thoughts on “James Museum of Western and Wildlife Art

    1. Your next trip here! This exhibit will not be here; but the museum is fantastic by itself. Plus they will have a different but equally inspiring traveling exhibit

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