The Endangered Exhibition

The “Endangered Exhibition – Art4Apes,” an exciting three-day event hosted by the Center for Great Apes is in its third year and focuses on interpretations of the word “endangered” in fine art, photography, wearable art and jewelry. It features leading contemporary artists from around the world, including the winners of this year’s “Endangered Art and Photography Contest.” Plus, you will see works by Florida-based artists Norman Gitzen, Anthony Burks, Sr., Rolando Chang Barrero and Alison Armstrong, along with a new piece of art created by Bubbles, the chimpanzee formerly owned by Michael Jackson.

Lion. Robert Hooke. All Rights Reserved.

Meet guest artists at each evening’s themed cocktail reception from 7 to 9 p.m. On Thursday see hats designed by Judi Bradford and Milda Bublys, along with handbags by Agata Ren, at “Hat Night.” Friday showcases an extraordinary living artwork featuring Beju, Sherryl Muriente and Linda Nerhboss. Their work is a plea to help orangutans in the wild created on a human canvas, accompanied by the tribal drumming of Robbie Powell. Saturday evening will feature a fashion show of dresses, jewelry and wearable art by Irina Grammatina, Rickson Sharkey, Jean Parsons and others. A portion of all art sales will go to the Center for Great Apes, a non-profit, top-rated sanctuary for orangutans and chimpanzees.

Vanishing Dolphin. Norman Gitzen. All Rights Reserved.

Be sure to wear something orange (for orangutans) and have your photo taken as part of a photomosaic being created in collaboration with Belgian artist Joël Moens de Hase. For the piece, 5,000 head shots will be merged into a dramatic photomosaic portrait of an orangutan.

Enjoy cocktails and a tour of Miami’s only legal rum distillery while you view this amazing art and support Center for Great Apes. Music provided by DJ Blondie, and Spanish TV personality Mari Monge will serve as emcee for the proceedings.

More than 300 artists entered “Endangered: Art4Apes,” the juried art contest that was judged by Thomas Collins, Director of Pérez Art Museum Miami; Joel Sartore, the acclaimed National Geographic photographer, author, speaker and teacher; and Carolyn Benesh, Co-Editor and Publisher of Ornament magazine. Bruce Helander, Editor-in-Chief of The Art Economist, judged the Young Artist entries. The work will be displayed during Art Basel Miami week, December 4 – 6 from 2 to 9 p.m. at Miami Club Rum Distillery and Gallery, 2320 N. Miami Avenue in Wynwood Art District.

Osprey at Sunset. Sandy Scott. All Rights Reserved.

To learn more about the Center for Great Apes and Endangered: Art4Apes, visit www.Art4Apes.comand, or email

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