“Art on the Wild Side”
Spring 2019 Season | February 1 – May 31, 2019
Savanna Grill | Phoenix Zoo
The Arizona Center for Nature Conservation/Phoenix Zoo is introducing a rotating art exhibit program to enhance our visitors’ experience and to help communicate its important national and international conservation efforts. Exhibited Artwork will embrace the mission of the Phoenix Zoo: to advance the stewardship and conservation of animals and their habitats while providing experiences that inspire people and motivate them to care for the natural world.
From February 1 through May 31, 2019, artists Tania Bolin, Lawrence Finkel and April Howland will showcase their unique vision of wildlife and conservation via photography, paint and mixed media. Through this exhibit, guests can engage in the Zoo’s mission to care for the natural world while being inspired by nature and animals. Art will be available for purchase and Zoo admission is required to visit the Savanna Gallery.
The Savanna Gallery is located in the Savanna Grill. A portion of the proceeds benefits the Zoo’s conservation initiatives.
~ Featured Artists ~
TANIA BOLIN is an artist raised in California and currently residing in Yuma, Arizona. Her artistic process began as a child when she remembers a box of crayons, markers and a coloring book being her best friends. In 2009, she received her Bachelor of Arts from California State University Northridge.
Plant life, life cycles, insects and animals are her primary source of inspiration for her paintings. Bolin’s work relies heavily on the imaginative use of bright and bold colors to create an emotional connection with the imagery. Acrylic is the primary medium in her paintings, allowing her to work faster and create exclusive effects. In 2015, she was part of the Southwestern Invitational: a statewide Art event designed to document, exhibit and celebrate Arizona’s most exciting visual Artists. Her painting “Dreamy Dragonfly” was selected to travel to five prestigious galleries throughout Arizona for one year. Her work has been featured in a solo show in Palm Springs, different galleries in Arizona, and at the Phoenix Airport Museum.
Bolin has been the recipient of several awards, one of them being the Helios Award. This recognition is given to someone who illustrates an exceptional aspiration to be an advocate of the Arts in Yuma. At the moment, she enjoys making art full-time.
LAWRENCE FINKEL has had an interest in the natural world since childhood. He is a passionate photographer of wildlife and nature who specializes in birds.
It is his goal to excite and inspire viewers by capturing beautifully detailed photographic images of birds’ lives in the wild.
He hopes these images will contribute to people’s desire to protect and conserve these amazing creatures and their natural habitat.
Lawrence is based in Scottsdale, Arizona.
APRIL HOWLAND has been a professional artist for over 15 years. After studying under a wonderful art mentor in Sedona, Arizona, and receiving her degree, she sought out various acclaimed artists and instructors and began honing her fine art skills.
Inspired by conservation, nature and animals, April’s primary focus remains steady in her thriving wildlife series and domestic animal portrait business. As she travels the globe from Alaska to Africa for inspiration, April’s eye for composition and design combined with her love of color enables her to create rich and unique art pieces. Her one-of-a-kind style is a successful blend of contemporary and realism.
She uses a variety of materials to accomplish her works but her methodology remains consistent. “To me, each piece of art is a beautiful learning experience with amazing shapes and tones working together to tell a story.” April’s works have been in a number of juried shows. She has shown in various galleries and is now represented by Beals & Co in Santa Fe, NM.
April has been featured in a variety of publications and television news programs for her artwork which include Images Magazine, Voyage Magazine, Scottsdale’s Foothills Focus, The Arizona Republic, PBS Horizon Arizona, Phoenix People, The Barking Beast San Diego and many local NBC, FOX and ABC news programs. April has many collectors both national and abroad. She resides in Central Phoenix, Arizona with her husband Glen, her son,and a small group of rescue animals.