Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Don Stewart's Gator Aid

I received this in an email from our fellow SHC Don Stewart --


Hello, Everyone -

The NOLA alligator drawing is finally finished, and the “Gator Aid” project is ramping up for December kick-off!

Just to bring you up to date, I have been working with the Wetland Watchers - an energetic group of middle school students in New Orleans. These seventh and eighth graders are on a mission to preserve and expand the wetlands in their area, as part of their class work in environmental science. Their award-winning science teacher, Mr. Barry Guillot, is keeping track of their progress on their class web site, www.wetlandwatchers.org.

Last April I visited Mr. Guillot and his students at Harry Hurst Middle School in Destrehan, LA. They asked me to come up with an alligator picture to help raise awareness for the Wetland Watchers program, and gave me a long list of items that they would like to see in the design.

Take a look here to watch the ’Gator grow from preliminary sketches to the finished ink drawing, with commentary along the way:

Prints of the Gator Aid drawing will be released on December 6th, at a fundraising gala in New Orleans. Advance orders are already being accepted, with plenty of time for delivery before Christmas. Signed and numbered prints will be available in two sizes:

17 x 22” Giclee (Digital) Prints: Edition of 100 (One Hundred) pieces: $100 each
16 x 20” Offset Lithograph Prints: Edition of 1000 (One Thousand) pieces: $50 each

Half of the proceeds from print sales will be donated to support the Wetland Watchers program. In addition, a number of celebrities with New Orleans connections will be signing copies of the Gator Aid drawing, which will then be auctioned at the fundraiser. Chef Emeril Lagasse, writer Andrei Codrescu, musicians Dr. John and Branford Marsalis, and exercise guru Richard Simmons have all agreed to autograph Gator Aid prints, in support of the Wetland Watchers program.

Those of you in the New Orleans area are invited to come and join the fun! The Wetlands Reveillon will be held at the Destrehan Plantation from 5-8 p.m. on Sunday December 6th. Food, Music, Art, and Les Bon Temps for everyone!

Hope to see you there,

DS Art ™ – The Visual Humor of Don Stewart
2805 Crescent Avenue
Birmingham, AL 35209

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