Courtesy of The Nature Conservancy | Ed Mell, “Pine Cone”
You’ve likely heard of The Nature Conservancy … you know, the leading conservation organization working around the world to protect ecologically important lands and waters for nature and people? But did you know this wonderful group also has a gallery in Old Town Scottsdale? True story and here’s why you should visit this little gem. Through May 31, The Nature Conservancy gallery is showcasing its newest exhibit, Restoring Arizona’s Forests. The exhibit is designed to illuminate the story of Arizona’s forests and the efforts made to restore them to health.
“With the closest ponderosa pine forest two hours away, we’re hopeful this exhibit will raise awareness about the poor condition of Arizona’s forests and the Conservancy’s new model for restoring forest health,” says Patrick Graham, the Conservancy director for Arizona.
Restoring Arizona’s Forests also explores the important role of Arizona forests in the Phoenix watershed and explains the collaborative Four Forest Restoration Initiative, the largest forest thinning project ever, with 300,000 acres treated over the next 10 years.
The gallery includes forest-related art by recognizable artists, including Ed Mell, Mitch Fry, Hayley Smith, Todd Hoyer Roger Asay, Rebecca Davis and Christopher Brown.
Best of all, this exhibit is free. So hurry and visit before May 31.
Information: Open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The gallery is located at 7056 East Main Street, Suite 2 in Scottsdale.
If you haven’t heard of Ed Mell, you’ve probably seen his work. If you haven’t seen his work, you’ve probably sent a letter out using the “Forever” stamp he designed in honor of Arizona’s Centennial — you can see his beautiful work above.
So why are we talking about Ed Mell? Well, Mr. Mell was recently awarded the Governor’s Arts Award Artist of the Year and we wanted to say congratulations on this well-deserved award.
You can view his collection of work here.
Now, the entire country can toast Arizona’s upcoming Centennial thanks to the U.S. Postal Service’s issuance of a new “Forever” stamp due out in February.
The stamp, which was designed by artist Ed Mell of Phoenix, was unveiled last week during the Best Fest in Prescott. Mell, a native of the state, took three weeks to complete his image of Sedona’s Cathedral Rock. He called the task of designing this special piece of postage, “a great honor,” adding that “it’s one of those bucket list things that artists like to do.”
Well done Mr. Mell!
>>Photo courtesy of USPS Corporate Communications