Celebrating Wildlife exhibit educates the public on endangered species | WDVM25 and DCW50
GAITHERSBURG, Md. (WDVM) – According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency, there are more than 1,300 endangered species in the United States. The Maryland Department of Natural Resources said at least 500 of them live in Maryland.
In an effort to raise awareness of the importance of preserving our wildlife, residents of the town of Gaithersburg have come together to create an art exhibit dedicated to the protection of these creatures.
The gallery is located in Gaithersburg at Bohrer Park in the activity center. It was created by John Duke, who is a policeman by day and an artist by night, along with other local artists.
The purpose of the gallery is to educate visitors about the importance of wildlife. Each painting features different elements of wildlife and allows people to see the impact it has on our world.
If some species go extinct, experts say it could cause our ecosystem to collapse.
“We really want to highlight the wildlife because the city is very concerned about environmental issues. We hope these paintings spark conversations about wildlife and hopefully we can make a difference, ”said Jaree Donnelly, Galleries and Public Art Program Coordinator.
Artists featured in this exhibition include Judy Anderson, Michael Brown, Howard Clark, John Duke, Hiral Joshi, Carol Leo, Timothy Lynch, Sheryl Massaro, Mary Paul Barnaby, Jean Phillips, Scott Roberts, Elizabeth Steel, Angela Suggs, David Terrar, Caroline Thorington, William Waller, Deborah Walmer, Richard Weiblinger and Freddi Weiner.