Conservation

"You often hear artists speak of the “beauty” of nature.  I find it interesting that a synonym for beauty is lovely; the suffix “ly” meaning “having the nature or qualities of” love.  It is a recognition of the interconnected reality here on earth of everything between the sun’s rays and the earth’s core.  It’s that interconnectedness that creates beauty and which makes planet earth an extraordinarily rare entity in the universe, with its dazzling display of colors, ordered patterns and widely diverse life forms. It is this preciously beautiful (and oftentimes fragile) connectedness, which we must both cherish and secure. "

In 2017 I founded The Conservancy Press to create a platform to use artwork to raise funds for conservation causes.  I have created many paintings intended to support conservation organizations, only to find that the organization did not have the human resources, or know how, to convert that artwork into funds.

The Conservancy Press uses commemorative fine art posters as rewards for giving. We connect an artist with a cause and create 500 posters for $650. The organization then uses our online platform to advertise their cause. All money collection and fulfillment is handled by The Conservancy Press, all the organization has to do is promote it and recieve a check. With a minimum donation of $24 and a poster run of 500 - our goal is to raise $12,000 for very specific and concrete organizational needs.

Our initial two pilot programs include a campaign to raise funds for Red Wolf Awareness and Recovery for The Endangered Wolf Center and a campaign to upgrade The Turner Shelter on the Katy Trail for The Conservation Federation of Missouri.  To learn more please visit www.ConservancyPress.com

Like all AFC signature members I donate a percentage of every artwork sale to conservation causes. Some of the causes I have created artwork for include:

The Endangered Wolf Center

The Missouri Prairie Foundation

The Trumpeter Swan Society

Operation Migration

The Goualougo Triangle Ape Project

The Great Rivers Habitat Alliance

Chesapeake Bay Conservation Causes

The St. Louis Zoo Wildcare Institute

Among many others.

    

Conservation Projects & Causes

<em>Edit Conservation Project/Cause</em> Katy Trail Turner Shelter 2017 Campaign - Conservation Federation of Missouri Charitable Trust | Rob Dreyer

Katy Trail Turner Shelter 2017 Campaign

The Turner Shelter sits on mile 171.2 of The Katy Trail in Missouri. It's the first of what we hope to someday be a series of shelters extending across the length of the Trail. The shelter offers a bed, shower, refrigerator and hotplate for hikers, cyclists and other naturalists making their way across the beautiful state of Missouri. The shelter desperately needs upgrades to its heating, lighting and shower units. This years commemorative poster features the fabulous artwork of well-known Missouri legacy artist Bryan Dawes Haynes and hope to raise $12,000 through the sale of 500 posters...

<em>Edit Conservation Project/Cause</em> California Condor Recovery - Ventana Wildlife Society | Rob Dreyer

California Condor Recovery

About Ventana Wildlife Society

Founded in 1977, Ventana Wildlife Society is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization committed to conserving native wildlife and their habitats. We successfully recovered a breeding population of Bald Eagles in central California and are in the process of doing the same for California Condors. With our main office in Salinas and our field office down the coast in Big Sur, we are in prime position to manage the central California condor population (with National Park Service), lead amazing outdoor education opportunities for...

<em>Edit Conservation Project/Cause</em> Red Wolf Education and Recovery - Commemorative Poster To Raise Awareness About Red Wolves | Rob Dreyer

Red Wolf Education and Recovery

The Endangered Wolf Center's educators will be heading to the Ozark mountain region of Missouri and Arkansas to increase public awareness about red wolves and their essential role in keeping the ecosystems across the Southeast healthy and thriving. Awareness is the first step in protecting the current wild population and helping to expand the benefits of this species to other areas throughout its native range. We’ll also be using this opportunity to assess and measure perceptions of wolves and carnivores, and evaluate the effectiveness of education on reducing negative misconceptions....