Well there is no doubt how much I adore pandas..Live and breathe pandas…. and am just plain ole tickled black and white over pandas. I would be creating panda art even if not a single other soul in the world gave a rip about pandas because that’s just the way I roll!!
Fortunately this little black and white bear has endeared itself to the entire planet which is the hope we all cling to for his existance. At PANDAS INTERNATIONAL their slogan “Endangered means there is time…Extinction is Forever” is what keeps me motivated and ready to give what I can, when I can to help preserve the habitat for the 1600 Pandas left in the wild..It’s not always possible to send cash so my art is the next best thing I can offer…and of course my time to spread the panda luv.
YES MY FRIENDS.. only 1600 pandas exist in the wild..that’s it!. Think about this number for a moment…just think how few 1600 is. It is frighteningly low. But I am getting off track. That is just one of those reality checks I need to remind myself of often because the popularity of pandas leads most to believe they are plentiful, when they are not…and I have been known to let my guard down too!!
So to get back on track..the reason for this post…a little black and white brag and a CONGRATS to Pandas International on your 10 years of very hard work and dedication to this wonderful cause!!!!
I am so excited that Pandas International (Thank you founder Suzanne Braden) chose my artwork to represent their 10th Anniversary Year in existence. What an honor!! My “INTO THE SUN” panda artwork will be featured on all Pandas International branding and merchandise for the Chinese Year of the Tiger 2010.
The advertising for their fundraising dinner just came in the mail today and I was blown away at how classy the entire “Black and White” theme turned out…the PI graphics department totally did my artwork justice and I can’t thank them all enough for beautifully showcasing my design I donated to this incredible non profit
Pandas International has done such wonderful work for our pandas to help protect them from extincition. Whatever way we can all help whether it be through art donations to auctions, education, enlightment of our younger generations, or cash donations…they need all we can afford to give for our black and white friends
THE DINNER SPONSOR INVITATION I RECIEVED TODAY
THE BACK OF THE INVITE INSERT WITH ARTIST INFO AND OUR PROJECT PANDA LOGO..(thank you so much Suzanne..unnecessary but sooooooooooo incredibly appreciated)
If anyone is able to make it to this important event, please contact PANDAS INTERNATIONAL to make your reservation and/or become an event sponsor if you can. Unfortunately I will not be able to make it as Gayle and I will be in Chengdu at that time , but we will be there in panda spirit in our finest black and white attire!!
Suzanne sent this timeless quote in her letter asking for sponsorship of the dinner on February 20, 2010 in Colorado. I thought you all would like to read this too.
What is man without the beasts? If all the beasts were gone, men would die from great lonliness of spirit, for whatever happens to the beasts also happens to man. All things are connected. Whatever befalls the earth befalls the children of the earth.
Suquamish & Duwamish