St. Tammany Art Association presents a new exhibition on display February 13 – March 27, 2021: Anima Vestra by Anne London-Zyejnieks
St. Tammany Art Association (STAA) presents a new exhibition, “Anima Vestra,” by Mandeville artist Anne London-Zyejnieks, on display February 13 through March 27, 2021 in the Miriam Barranger Gallery of the Arthouse.
Anne London-Zyejnieks was just nine years old when she saw the movie “Born Free,” and nineteen when two lionesses playfully pinned her to a wall at actress Tippi Hedren’s Shambala Wildlife Preserve. These two events left a powerful and lasting impression. After graduating from art school, Anne never doubted her calling as a self-described, “frustrated zoologist who paints and draws.”
Utilizing renaissance techniques, Anne applies four decades of studying anatomy, attending animal surgeries, and observing natural behaviors in the wild, to create art that captures the true spirit, majesty, and emotional depth of our planet’s endangered species. Today, her work is used in several Art College curriculums and exhibited in galleries in Seattle, Aspen, Jackson Hole, Beaver Creek, Finland, and South Africa.
As a signature member of The Society of Animal Artists, she has used her evocative and empathetic artwork to win numerous international awards and helped raise over a million dollars for conservation organizations, field research, and anti-poaching units across Africa. Her work has been showcased in international print and television media and used to bring attention to the plight of threatened species on our planet.
For Anne, the culmination of 40 years of tireless conservation efforts was founding her thriving non-profit, ARTS FOR ANIMALS, which reaches thousands of children around the world, “connecting creativity with conservation.” Anne’s work can be found internationally in prestigious private and corporate collections ranging from the office of the President of Botswana to the inside of a memorable San Bushman’s grass hut. In 2020, Anne was awarded the International Artists for Conservation’s highest honor, the Simon Combs Conservation Artist Award, for lifetime achievement.
Anne holds a B.A. from California State University Northridge and attended Otis Parsons College of Art and Design, a private art and design school in Los Angeles, and California Institute of the Arts School of Design in Pasadena. She resides in Mandeville, Louisiana, with her noted marine conservationist husband, Jim Hart. More information about Anne’s passions can be found at www.aelondonstudio.com.
The St. Tammany Art Association is located at 320 N. Columbia Street in downtown Covington. Current gallery hours are Fridays 10:00 am – 4:00 pm, Saturdays, 11:00 am – 4:00 pm and by appointment Tuesday through Thursday. All exhibitions are free and open to the public unless otherwise indicated.
St. Tammany Art Association is supported by the generosity of members, volunteers, sponsors and by a grant from the Louisiana Division of the Arts, Office of Cultural Development, Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism, in cooperation with the Louisiana State Arts Council, and as administered by the St. Tammany Commission on Cultural Affairs, St. Tammany Parish Government. Funding has also been provided by the National Endowment for the Arts, Art Works.
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