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Wildlife artist attracts interest of global conservation group
By Janice Christie, Local Journalism Initiative reporter
Founded by Canadian artist Jeffrey Whiting in 1997, Artists for Conservation (AFC) has a global membership of 500 nature or wildlife artists from 30 countries that have a commitment to conservation. The mandate of the non-profit organization is to support wildlife, habitat conservation and the environment through art.
Sheet Harbour artist Sandy Moser received notification she has been juried for AFC. Artists apply to join the organization and must meet artistic standards and benefit conservation efforts or organizations. Once juried and accepted by the AFC committee, membership is deemed life-long.
“I have chosen the Nova Scotia Nature Trust to benefit from a portion of my sales on the [AFC] website. I will also donate a painting for their annual auction,” Sandy Moser told The Journal via email.
Moser has been working with the Nature Trust, which has purchased more than 200 islands off the coast of the Eastern Shore as part of their Wild Islands Program. Their intent is to protect islands’ wild spaces while allowing the public to continue to use the islands.
“I also hope that others will be able to see and support this worthwhile organization,” said Moser. “This Wild Island initiative will help grow the economy of the Eastern Shore.”
“I consider myself to be a wildlife artist who paints in a realistic style. I also paint scenery, florals and seascapes,” explained Moser. “I use acrylics and paint with many glazes to create fine details. I also use pastel pencils, gouache, scratch board and watercolors to create my art.
TOP: Sheet Harbour artist Sandy Moser has been juried into Artists For Conservation. AFC is a global organization, founded in Canada, that promotes and supports conservation for wildlife and their habitats through the work and sales of the artists.
BOTTOM: Sandy’s painting of Wild Island. Contributed Photos
I challenge myself to try new methods, colors and paints.” Moser has attained significant accomplishments with her art over the years. “I started entering contests a decade ago. I have been extremely fortunate to win awards with my art. I have won over 100 awards – of which seven have been first place awards.”
Moser taught school for 20 years and two of the courses she offered during those two decades were art and drama.
“I was always interested in art and colours when I was a child. My parents would give me colouring books, paint by numbers and sand art. I started painting my designs when I was in junior high. In grade 10 and 11, I was able to take an adult painting course through the adult education program,” Moser recalled. “When I retired, I continued to take workshops and courses throughout my life. The latest workshops were about wildlife art.
“I think that the most important aspect of creating art is the self-satisfaction of being able to create something. I have been painting for over 50 years and I never get tired of it. One of my goals – early on – was to share my artwork with family and friends. Now I use my artwork to help conservation causes; for benefits for community members or families; and for community causes,” Moser said.
“It has been an interesting time, to say the least, since the pandemic started,” Moser reflected. “I think that the isolation has forced me to concentrate on my artwork. I have painted 20 paintings this past year which is the most productive year ever.”
Moser belongs to the Artisans of the Eastern Shore, whose mandate is to celebrate, foster and promote the artistic talent of diverse artists and crafters who make the Eastern Shore of Nova Scotia their home. The group is an eclectic mixture of genres of artists and crafters. Pre- COVID-19, the artists met once a month and had presentations as part of the meeting.
“During non-COVID times, I mentor a group of artists one morning a week through the library program,” she noted.
Creativity for Moser is not confined to paints.“I do photography such as landscape, sea- scapes and animal images. I have worked with stained glass and I have been making sea glass jewelry for about eight years. I do rug hooking and have made a few quilt pieces. I also paint on silk scarves which is quite relaxing.”
Before COVID-19 hit, Moser and her husband Robert – a photographer – attended Christmas fairs and markets. The couple would participate in the Artisans of the Eastern Shore summer art sales and other events in NS and PEI. Currently, they use social media as a means of promoting their product.
“I feel that it is important that each of us must do our part to try to preserve the environment and the habitat of all species on this earth,” said Moser. “I believe every individual has a responsibility to co-exist on this planet in a way that respects and protects wildlife and their surroundings. If we do not protect our lands, our water, our plant and animal species – who will?”
AFC empowers professional artists as ambassadors for the environment by promoting international art exhibits, art-science expeditions, festivals, awards and publications. AFC dedicates resources to nurturing a world-class community of artists and using these talents to support their mission through programs and initiatives.
By leading online initiatives, AFC works to inspire and inform the public. ArtistsForConservation.org supports and promotes programs and features thousands of original and limited edition nature-inspired artwork. There are 8,000 original paintings and hundreds of original sculptures for sale valued collectively at more than US$30 million.
I am excited to say that I have been chosen as one of ten Artist Showcases in the current issue (August, 2020) of Arabella magazine. Check the link below.
My artist showcase starts on page 51.
Debra Usher is the editor and owner of this splendid magazine and she promotes Canadian artists.
By Dee Dwyer
On a beautiful sunny February day I drive east to Sheet Harbour to talk with Sandy and Robert Moser who paint and photograph the landscape and wildlife of the Eastern Shore. Robert greets me outside and inside Sandy gives me a tour of their house with paintings and photographs on many walls. Robert’s photographs of sunrises and sunsets in Mushaboom and Taylor Head, and Sandy’s large paintings of loons sitting on an emerald lake, her jewelry of sea glass and silver–these are the jewels of the sea and lake that are the rich, colourful artwork of this husband and wife team.
Sandy Moser is a self-taught artist who has taken many workshops. Raised in the Annapolis Valley, she started painting as a child, did oil painting in grades 11 and 12, but switched to acrylic, watercolour, and gouache when she took up painting again in the 1990s after teaching high school and raising three children.
She shows me a binder of her artwork, of award-winning paintings, such as “Momma’s Treasures” of a mother loon with two young loons sitting in a rich green lake. This won first prize in the exhibit for the Contemporary Art Room Online Gallery in December 2018.
Another painting. of a piping plover and two young, won a Special Merit Award in the Light, Space & Time Online Art Gallery’s Nature Art Competition in August 2016. The binder is thick with many pages of award-winning paintings of owls, loons, and endangered wildlife such as snow leopards.
“I want the viewer to be able to appreciate the scenery and habitat and the beauty of these creatures,” writes Sandy in her Artist Statement. As I survey the wildlife in her binder I find a recurring theme of animals and their young. “Raising babies in the wild is challenging,” she says, and she feels the responsibility that we have of preserving the environment.
Sandy has donated artwork and her time and effort to help the Nova Scotia Nature Trust and Hope for Wildlife. She organized the Festival and sale of wildlife art at Cole Harbour Place for Hope for Wildlife several years ago. More recently she organized the Seacoast Trail Art Studio Tour in Sheet Harbour on September 29, 2018. She is multi-talented, creating beautiful jewelry from sea glass with pearls, and sterling silver. She also paints on silk, and hooks rugs.
“They would ask him to stop taking pictures so they could open their gifts,” says Sandy of her children and their father at Christmas. Robert Moser has been a photographer for over 35 years and bought his first camera, a Canon TLb, when he was a student at Dalhousie.
A member of the Truro Image Makers Photography Club, Robert has also won numerous awards. He twice won first place in the animal category of the NS Photo Guild. Now he and Sandy take their cameras in waterproof containers and step into their canoe to photograph loons.
“Living on the Eastern Shore of Nova Scotia for most of my life has allowed me to photograph wildlife and different landscapes and seascapes,” writes Robert, who has taught workshops in Sheet Harbour and at Liscomb Lodge. He will be teaching a photography workshop related to the 100 Wild Islands in late May through the local Parks and Recreation office.
To view the work of Robert and Sandy Mosher go to their website at www.moserartandphotograpy.com or to Norse Cove Supply, Liscombe Lodge, craft shows, or the Seacoast Trail Art Association Sale.
4th Annual Animal Kingdom
Welcome to Fusion Art’s 4th Annual Animal Kingdom International Online Juried Art Exhibition for the month of March 2019.
For this competition, both 2D and 3D artists were invited to submit their best art and photography depicting animals, both domestic and wild. The artwork could include any animals that live on land, in the sea or in the air. All artists, regardless of location or experience, were encouraged to submit their work in any media.
We once again received a diverse collection of quality artwork from artists all around the world including the US, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, Germany, Guatemala, the Netherlands, Italy, India, Russia, Poland, Estonia, Spain, Ecuador and Brazil.
The remaining finalists in the exhibition all exemplify uniquely creative talents and we’re honored to showcase their artwork on the Fusion Art website.
Fusion Art strives to create interesting and enjoyable art exhibitions with a variety of artistic styles and media represented. The art that is selected is based on the theme of the exhibition and the gallery’s objective is to include, in every Fusion Art exhibition, a broad representation of quality, style, media, creativity, originality and artistic composition. Art tells a story and we strive to select artwork, particularly for awards, that make the viewer think and wonder what story the artist is trying to tell.
For anyone interested in purchasing any of the artwork in this exhibition, please contact the artists directly. You will find the artist’s website and/or email information below their work.
Please visit our YouTube Channel on March 10th to see the Traditional, Digital & Photography and 3-Dimensional videos for the exhibition.
Thank you for visiting our website and enjoy the exhibition!
Our first Art competition “Animals” started in December 2018 and concluded on January 06, 2019. Art Room Gallery received entries from many countries around the world: USA, Canada, China, Australia, Germany, Italy, Norway, Iran, Indonesia, Phillipines, United Kingdom, India, Austria, Ireland, Poland, Malta, Greece, Chille, Russia, Mexico, Switzerland and South Korea. The Animals theme in this competition included a diversity in types, styles and mediums (oil on canvas, acrylic, photography, mixed media, digital, photo on aluminum, etching, pencil, pastel, ink, watercolor, collage, graphite, drawing, chalk, charcoal, scratchboard, egg tempera). The following evaluation criteria has been used for judging the artwork: creativity, interpretation of the theme, originality and quality of art, overall design, demonstration of artistic ability, and usage of medium. Jury decided to select 72 artworks for inclusion in the exhibition. Aside from First, Second, and Third place Jury also presented Merit awards and Honorable Mention awards.
Congratulations!!! Your work has been accepted for the “Animals” art exhibition. We are pleased to inform you that your artwork will be included in our online exhibition. Your work has been awarded 1st Place. Please find attached your winner’s certificate for the 2018 “Animals” Art Competition.
Thank you, and enjoy the exhibition!
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The gallery’s competition for October 2017 was the 7th Annual “Nature” Art Competition. 2D and 3D artists (including photography) from around the world, were called upon to make online submissions for possible inclusion in to the Gallery’s November 2017 online group art exhibition.
Artists were asked for their interpretation of the theme “Nature” by submitting their best representational or abstract art. The “Nature” theme will be the artist’s interpretation and depiction of nature art. Nature subjects will include geographical subjects, landscapes, natural objects, wildlife and natural environments.
The art competition and the submission process for the artists began in September 2017 and concluded on October 27, 2017. The gallery received 615 entries from 21 different countries from around the world, including Armenia, Australia, Canada, Croatia, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malaysia, New Zealand, Philippines, Romania, Scotland, Singapore, Sweden, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom and Wales. In addition, the gallery received entries from 35 different states.
The exhibition has been divided into three media categories. Painting & Other Media, Photography & Digital Media and 3 Dimensional Art. In addition, there is an overall Winning Artists Category, which is the “best of the best” and consists of the ten (10) best entries comprised from the 3 media categories.
Special Recognition Award Category
The gallery also included Special Merit awards and Special Recognition awards for outstanding art. Many of the artists in either of these groups could have easily been included in the upper tier of our winners, as their art was also exceptional.
Special Merit Award Category – These are the artists and their artwork which we felt could easily have been placed higher but due to the size constraints in each media category, this art was placed in this special category. Any of the Special Merit art, in many cases, is interchangeable with the best art that we selected for the top tiers
GETTING COZY – PIPING PLOVERS
Richeson 75, Animals, Birds & Wildllife 2013
Friends of Taylor Head
The Early Bird Gets The Fish
Eye’m Wide Awake
Our art competition for January was “All Women” and the subject was an “open theme” and for women artists only. The submission process and competition for the artists began in the middle of December 2011 and concluded on January 29, 2012. We received entries from 310 artists, from 21 different countries from around the world.
Any of the artists in the Special Recognition group could have easily been included in the upper rank of the winning entries in each category, as their art was also exceptional.
Congratulations! We are writing to let you know your painting entitled “Loon Dance” was chosen as the 4th Place winning submission in the Leading Artists Gallery online Nature Competition and Exhibition.
Please visit our website to see the Nature exhibition and juror comments.
Your name, painting titles and website, as well as the other award winners, is officially announced and will premiere in the Leading Artists (Current) Exhibition Gallery and on the Leading Artist Gallery Facebook page. Please confirm your website address if you would like us to use it. Additional promotions of press releases and other social media outlets will begin tomorrow as well.
Again, congratulations and thank you for participating in the Leading Artists Gallery Nature Competition and Exhibition.
R.Smith, Gallery Director
Loon Dance by Sandy Moser
Our art competition for July was “Animals” whereby artists were asked to submit their best Animal art. Animal art will include mammals, birds and animals that live in the water. The submission process and competition for the artists began in the middle of June 2012 and concluded on July 28, 2012. We received 734 entries from 237 artists, from 23 different countries from around the world.
Congratulations to our artists who made our “Animals” Art Exhibition so successful this month. Thank you for being part of the gallery.
John R. Math
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Animal Arts Exhibit ~ Grand Opening ~ Jan 1st
You are invited to visit the juried exhibit of Infinity Art Gallery’s Animal Arts Exhibit, where 48 pieces of outstanding artwork were selected as finalists from over 170 submissions from around the world.
When you visit the gallery, you will see a wide variety of animals and wildlife, unique styles, utilizing all different mediums from acrylic to photography.
Animal Arts 2010 Award Winners
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Honorable Mention – Sandy Moser – “The-Guardian-of-Innocence”
Sandy Moser and has been painting most of her life. In recent years, she has been painting birds and animals. Her realistic style captures the essence of these animals. She wants to capture a moment in time; a gaze of an eye, or a realistic look of an animal or bird. Sandy is especially inspired to paint the endangered and vulnerable species of the world with the hopes that people will learn to protect these beautiful creatures.
The theme for our March Exhibition is “Animals”. The submission process and competition for the artists began in the middle of January and ended on February 27, 2011. We received 419 entries from 11 different countries from around the world, including the United Kingdom, Canada, Barbados, Australia, Poland, Czech Republic, New Zealand, France, Netherlands and Germany. In addition, we had entries from 28 different states. We received a broad selection of media including, watercolors, oils, acrylics, digital art, photography, mixed media and pencils. We would like to thank everyone for participating in this event.