years ago this April, Jill Robinson first walked onto a bear bile farm. On that day in April 1993, Jill could have walked away, but she chose to act and do what she could. Today, you also have a choice. If everyone reading this donated just US$20, it would pay for the care of over 150 bears at our China sanctuary for a full year. Please help us celebrate 20 years of progress. Donate US$20 today (or whatever you can afford).
After a hugely successful week at the Menier Gallery, the Moonstruck exhibition has now closed. There were many highlights in the week, including the Private View on Tuesday night when Jill officially opened Moonstruck and the artists both spoke very movingly of their inspiration following their visit to the Chengdu sanctuary last year.
We are indebted to the incredible generosity of Richard and Suzie in giving up a whole year of their lives to immerse themselves in bears of all shapes and sizes and, in Richard's case, to beautiful drawings of other endangered Chinese wildlife, such as snow leopards and tigers. Everyone agreed that their depictions of Oliver, Jasper, Emy, Paddy, Jingle and many others were absolutely inspired. We were particularly thrilled when Chinese superstar Karen Mok bought the beautiful sculpture of “her” bear, Boa Be.
Although the physical exhibition has closed, these beautiful, inspired, amazing works are still available at our online gallery. Please take this wonderful opportunity to purchase some of these incredible drawings and sculptures of our beloved bears in support of our work to end bear bile farming.
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Two acclaimed British wildlife artists have joined forces to mount a unique exhibition of pencil drawings and sculptures of moon bears and other Asian wildlife at the Menier Gallery, London from 25-28 April 2012. Richard Symonds and Suzie Marsh will be presenting “Moonstruck” in aid of our campaign to end bear farming.
The inspiration for this joint exhibition follows their visit to the Chengdu sanctuary in China in 2011 and we are very grateful to both artists who are generously donating up to 50% of the proceeds from the exhibition to Animals Asia. Moonstruck is kindly sponsored by empath-e Ltd.
“Apart from capturing these fantastic brave, heroic and playful animals for eternity on canvas so that they will never be forgotten, I hope above all else to help bring awareness of the terrible plight of the bears’ suffering at man's hand. It is without doubt that Jill has started a ball rolling that just will not stop until the last bile farm is closed and these majestic souls can finally live a life of peace. I am honoured to be a small part of this huge ball.”
“To express what it means to me to help these bears is almost impossible to put into words. I know I am completely under the bears’ spell and will do what I can for them in my own small way and I know I will always wish it were more.”
This online gallery affords all those who are unable to attend Moonstruck in person the opportunity to see the stunning images being exhibited and contribute to Animals Asia’s vital work to end bear farming by purchasing a beautiful piece of artwork.