Florida painter, Everglades, Marco Island, artist Jo-Ann Sanborn


Everglades Protection, and Close Family, daily painting by Everglades artist Jo-Ann Sanborn

Close Family, 2013, Jo-Ann Sanborn
oil on board, 8"x8"
When talking about my book, Embracing the Everglades, in my last post, I should have mentioned  that when I sell a book, $1 goes as a donation to groups that work to protect the Everglades. 
I belong to several such organizations, and want to support them with my work.  Friends of the Fakahatchee, a support group for the Fakahatchee Strand State Park, is close to Marco and does a great job of promoting and education people.  Their budget is not large, and it gives me a warm feeling to know that my small bit helps. 
One of the problems I see with Everglades protection is that there are so many stakeholders spread over such a large area.  They need to work together to have their voice heard.  The Everglades Foundation works to gather and build consensus among the myriad of Everglades support groups, so they can speak with one, hopefully a bit louder voice.  I like it that my contribution might be used for this purpose.'
Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, in the Ten Thousand Islands is also close to home.  The reserve works with coastal communities to promote good coastal stewardship, something I also believe in and support.
The Everglades are fragile and at risk now.  If we don't take care of our environment, it will not be there for our children and grandchildren.  There are many other organizations that promote awareness and protection of the wonderful Everglades environment we live it.  Google "Everglades protection" and pick an organization of your own to support?  Even a small donation makes a difference! 
This post was inspired by Seth Godin's blog "Just Give."  Thanks for reminding us to be generous, Seth!


Cynthia Adams said...

I can't remember if I wrote something a few weeks ago, but just wanted to say how beautiful your work is! I loved what you were doing with the acrylics but must say the luminosity that comes through in the oils truly captures the lighting, beauty and mystery of the Everglades!

Cynthia Adams
Naples, FL

Jo-Ann Sanborn said...

Thanks, Cynthia! I love the luminosity too, and am learning more about it with the oil palette I'm using. Hopefully there will a luminosity post in the near future

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