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Paint the Forests 2010
National Tour

December 3 - 31, 2010

Edgewater Gallery
356 N. Main St.
Fort Bragg, CA

Redwoods, by Judy Hope The Redwood Forest Foundation is pleased to announce that the Edgewater Gallery in Fort Bragg, CA will host winning art and photographs from its "Paint the Forests 2010" National Juried Art and Photography Competition.

The exhibit opens on December 3, 2010 with a reception from 5:00 - 8:00 p.m. at the Gallery, 356 N. Main St. in Fort Bragg.

The exhibit features the works of nationally recognized artists and photographers. It will remain at the Edgewater Gallery through December 31, 2010, when it continues its National Tour of the United States as part of select, regional shows celebrating the United Nations "International Year of Forests - 2011."

The exhibit features the art and photography of the National Gold and Silver medal winners: Caesar Citraro, Gold Medal, Artwork: "Waiting for Trilliums;" Jacob Neagle, Silver Medal, Artwork: "Summer's End;" Frank Weston, Gold Medal, Photography: "Tree Generations" and Winifred Helton-Harmon, Silver Medal, Photography: "Lean on Me."

Willits' artist Judy Hope's "Redwoods Jedediah Smith" (above right) won the Gold Medal in the "Paint the Redwoods" division. Lake County photographer Faith Rigolosi's "Wildlife," a stunning photo of a Ferruginous Hawk (below left), won the Bronze Prize and is on display at the exhibit. Mendocino artist Edward Duarde is among the Top 50 Honorees (below right).

Wildlife, by Faith Rigolosi Visit RFFI's website for a preview and to see the work of the medalists and Top 50 Honorees. You can also purchase winning art and limited edition prints online.

Hundreds of accomplished artists and photographers from across the United States submitted artwork depicting the beauty and the plight of our woodlands in each of the US Forest Regions, with a special competition for art depicting the Northern California Redwood Region. The Redwood Forest Foundation sponsored this event to foster awareness of the importance of forests to people and the planet.

Internationally renowned artist, juror, critic and curator Bruce Helander served as the Juror. His work is in over fifty museum collections, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Smithsonian, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, to name just a few. He has also served as Provost and Vice President of the distinguished Rhode Island School of Design.

Birch, by Edward Duarde Net proceeds from the sale of the artwork go to support the Redwood Forest Foundation, which is engaging the community in rebuilding a vibrant resource-based economy in the redwood region. They own, manage and are restoring Usal Redwood Forest in Mendocino county. They are pioneering a unique model of 'working community forests' that has injected over $6 million dollars into the local economy over the past 5 years. Visit www.rffi.org to learn more about them. For more information, call Lin Barrett at 707.937.4808.

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