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News, events, shows and schedules for Connie's photography and the Guardians of the Everglades project.

Summer Fun - and CHANGE

NEW MEXICO ROLLER COASTER

Well, not really a rollercoaster but the second longest tramway in the world - from the Albuquerque foothills to Sandia Crest — and back.  We took a vacation, a real vacation in the high, dry Land of Enchantment and we were, indeed, enchanted through our skin, our eyes and through our stomachs.  I’m Green and Nicholas is Red, and if you know New Mexico, you’ll know I am referring to your chile (yes, chile, not chili) preference. You may know that I was born and raised there, still have family there, and even went to UNM Law School in the 70s, so the land and sky and cool, dry air are all “home” but the growth and sophistication of this multi-cultural, unique piece of the USA is all new. 

Sandia Peak Tramway ©Connie Bransilver

Green Burrito ©Connie Bransilver

EMAIL CHANGE - FINALLY

I have hated AOL for years, but seemed to be locked in because of the effort required to change.  Lately, AOL has simply not delivered a number of emails — not in Trash or Junk or anywhere.  So, we are biting the bullet.  AOL will be discontinued as of August 31st so . . .

PLEASE DELETE: bransilver@aol.com & PetrucciNicholas@aol.com

NEW BUSINESS EMAIL: nicholasandconnie@gmail.com

CONTINUING BUSINESS EMAILS:
connie@ConnieBransilver.com
nicholas@NicholasPetrucci.com
GuardiansoftheEverglades@gmail.com

Season Closeout - Last Public Lecture April 11, 2017

Nicholas at the podium at a private event earlier this year.

Nicholas at the podium at a private event earlier this year.

Evenings at the Conservancy of SW Florida lecture series is featuring Guardians of the Everglades April 11.  It’s our last public appearance of the season, so come, enjoy and let’s Sell It Out!  It’s the glory of our unique Everglades in photos, rough cut video clips, portraits, and even a song, “River of Grass,” written for Guardians of the Everglades.  It’s a high tech iMovie presentation followed by talk of the 11 Guardians’ portraits and what the project means for all of us.  Maybe even some of the Guardians themselves will be there to speak for themselves . . . Register here: https://www.conservancy.org/evenings

WHEN: Tuesday, April 11 @6:30 p.m.
WHERE: Conservancy of SW Florida - next to the Zoo on Goodlette Frank Road, Naples

 

We've Been "Scouted" Again

The prestigious Scout Guide to the best local businesses in the Naples area has again selected us for inclusion in the 2017-2018 Scout Guide.  We are captioned as “Luxury Home and Corporate Art” for both Connie’s “Dramatic Images from Around the World” and Nicholas’ “Oil Portraits and Commissions.”  Bud. E. Cockatoo Bird supervised the shoot last week.

Art & Conservation

Light Plays-Esta-Noche ©MarcRivers

Light Plays-Esta-Noche ©MarcRivers

World View - Madagascar ©Connie Bransilver

World View - Madagascar ©Connie Bransilver

Intelligent Thought ©Connie Bransilver

Intelligent Thought ©Connie Bransilver

Under the Mangroves ©Connie Bransilver

Under the Mangroves ©Connie Bransilver

ART ALIVE WEDNESDAY, MARCH 1st, 2017

5 - 8 pm
1719 Trade Center Way, #3
Naples, FL 34109

Look for the slide projections on the front wall of the studio.
Check out the Scout Guide video from December Art Alive on Facebook - scroll down!

https://www.facebook.com/connie.bransilver
https://www.facebook.com/nicholas.petrucci.16

You can see the next Guardian portrait in progress - Roy McBride & Chili.

Special Guests, LEA BORKENHAGEN, Ph. D. Fulbright Scholar, Cote d’Ivoire.
Presently Nike - Sustainable manufacturing - Asia
https://www.linkedin.com/in/lea-borkenhagen-80ba071
http://www.eci.ox.ac.uk/about/advisory.html

MARC RIVERS, MFA Oxford Brookes University - Artist exploring light and time.  See his images on display in the studio.
Portland, OR
www.MarcRivers.com

Join us in French, English, Bahasa Indonesia, or American.

 

KUNJANI COFFEE & GALLERY

780 Seagate Dr, Naples
https://kunjaninaples.com

Come see some of Connie’s African images.  Buy and support projects in Africa.

 

ADD YOUR PHOTO

As most of you know, I am a Senior Founding Fellow of the International League of Conservation Photographers and now on the Board. We created 1Frame4Nature to share our dedication to conservation and to encourage everyone to participate.

“We are all connected to nature, and through it, to each other. Join our community and share your pictures and stories of your personal connection to nature. Tell us what action(s) you are taking on behalf of nature! Tag #1Frame4Nature on Instagram

Share your #1Frame4Nature images and stories here! www.1Frame4Nature.org and while you are on the site, check out my images about climate change and its potential effect on south Florida. Climate Change Is Real.  Floridians should know!

Art for Conservation

Baby Gator - Fragility of Endangered Species ©ConnieBransilver

Aerial of Florida Bay ©Connie Bransilver

Eye of the Dolphin ©Connie Bransilver

Selfie at the March ©Connie Bransilver

ART ALIVE WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 1ST, 2017

5 - 7 pm, 1719 Trade Center Way, #3, Naples, FL 34109

Look for the slide projections on the front wall of the studio.
Check out the Scout Guide video from December Arts Alive on Facebook

facebook.com/connie.bransilver    facebook.com/nicholas.petrucci.16

You can see the next Guardian portrait in progress - Roy McBride & Chili.
 

NEXT ART ALIVE - WEDNESDAY, MARCH 1st, 2017

Special Guest, LEA BORKENHAGEN, PH. D. Fulbright Scholar, Cote d’Ivoire
Join us in French or English
 

CLIMATE CHANGE IS NOT A HOAX

As most of you know, I am a Senior Founding Fellow of the International League of Conservation Photographers. We just created 1Frame4Nature to share our dedication to conservation and to encourage everyone to participate.  Our letter states, in part,

“We are all connected. The water we drink, the air we breathe, and the food we eat unite us in caring for our world.

“The Fellows of the International League of Conservation Photographers are dedicated to furthering conservation and the health of nature through their photography.  They do so by sharing their pictures and stories of what they hold most dear - their connections to the land, water, wildlife, and all of nature for the nourishment of both our bodies and spirits.

“1Frame4Nature (1F4N) is an iLCP led campaign that aims to use our Fellows’ images and stories to encourage online audiences, the general public, to share their images and stories of their own personal connection to nature.”

Share your #1Frame4Nature images and stories here! 1Frame4Nature.org and while you are on the site, check out my images about climate change and its potential effect on south Florida. Climate Change Is Real. 
 

DID YOU MARCH?

I did along with about 3,000 of my brothers and sisters in Naples.  Comment here or on my FB page about what the march means to you.

Africa - Kunjani & Art Alive

AFRICA IN HIS BLOOD

Did you know that Nicholas lived in Africa with his father as a young man?  Yes, Uganda and Kenya, and he took an art course at Makerere University in Kampala.  His painting, Mombasa, 32” x 28” Framed Oil with Palette Knife on Canvas, link Nicholas’ love of Mombasa, where his father had a house on the beach, with his current work. 

“Her Honor - the African Mona Lisa,” 20” x 24” Framed Oil on Canvas, is, some say, his best work.  He met and immediately was in the spell of Nigerian jurist, Mrs. H. A. Balogun, a long time friend of Connie’s.  His respect for her inner beauty is evident in his delicate brush strokes and in the almost-living hijab in red.  These and several other paintings will be featured at Kunjani Craft Coffee and Gallery during the month of January.

 
Mombasa, 32” x 28” Framed Oil with Palette Knife on Canvas ©Nicholas Petrucci

Mombasa, 32” x 28” Framed Oil with Palette Knife on Canvas ©Nicholas Petrucci

“Her Honor - the African Mona Lisa,” 20” x 24” Framed Oil on Canvas ©Nicholas Petrucci

“Her Honor - the African Mona Lisa,” 20” x 24” Framed Oil on Canvas ©Nicholas Petrucci

 

Kunjani Craft Coffee & Gallery  -  780 Seagate Drive, Naples, FL 34103
across from Waterside Shops and just west of US 41  http://www.kunjaninaples.com

“Lifting each other up with love.”  dedicated to doing good and spreading awareness . . . about the humanitarian crises in Zimbabwe, Zambia and South Africa and offer hands-on, practical improvements . . .”

"The Way Back”  A Naples mother and daughter reconnect with their African homeland: http://archive.naplesnews.com/news/local/the-way-back-a-naples-mother-and-daughter-reconnect-with-their-african-homeland-333876f5-8301-061f-e-381872581.html
 

Nicholas selected Bird Gardens of Naples as the Charity of the Month.  Keri is dedicated to parrot welfare in captivity and conservation of wild parrots.  Bud. E. Cockatoo Bird lived there for three years before he and Nicholas were reunited. Buddy now “owns” both Nicholas & Connie. Check it out and support Keri’s great work: https://birdgardensofnaples.org
 

ART ALIVE WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 4, 2017

5 - 7 pm, 1719 Trade Center Way, #3, Naples, FL 34109

Look for the slide projections on the front wall of the studio.
Check out the Scout Guide video from December Arts Alive on Facebook

https://www.facebook.com/connie.bransilver  and  https://www.facebook.com/nicholas.petrucci.16

You can see the next Guardian portrait in progress - Roy McBride & Chili- see some of Nicholas’ abstract pieces, and check out five of Connie’s photographs just printed on canvas and ready to hang later this month — We will tell you where as soon as we can.

 
Bud E. Bird ©Connie Bransilver

Bud E. Bird ©Connie Bransilver

Guardian Roy McBride and Chili ©Connie Bransilver

Guardian Roy McBride and Chili ©Connie Bransilver

 

NEXT ART ALIVE - WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 1st, 2017

We Wish You Joy and Contentment

In Buddhist symbolism the lotus is symbolic of purity of body, speech, and mind. While rooted in the mud, its flowers blossom on long stalks as if floating above the muddy waters of attachment and desire.

The lotus is also symbolic of Spirituality.

At this special time of year, we wish you joy and contentment.  May we all rise above the mud and reach for the stars.

Nicholas and Connie