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.
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.
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.
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).
“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/.