This Saturday, April 26th the work of renowned photographer J.J. L’Heureux will be featured in a group exhibition at G2 Gallery entitled “On the Brink." Showcasing images of over 200 endangered species by twenty-five renowned photographers, the exhibit was timed to run during both Earth Day and the 50th anniversary of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List. http://www.iucn.org/
Curated by gallery director Jolene Hanson, L’Heureux has worked with Hanson in several other group shows at G2 Gallery as well as two additional one-person shows. “To participate with The G2 gallery with a similar view on conservation by education as I do is always special for me,” explains L’Heureux.
Each year, L’Heureux returns to the Southern Ocean dealing with different weather and lighting conditions with the hopes of photographing new species. She continues, “I have revisited many locations and had the opportunity to have a second chance at photographing special environments and animals. I have learned much, check my settings and for those dark historic huts carry a tripod. Each visit is different as the animals change quickly. On my 12th visit to Antarctica I was pleased to finally see an Adelie Chick. I had seen nest building, vocalizing, eggs, hatchings but never a chick. When animals live in cold environments they must grow fast. I just returned from Newfoundland where I photographed the Harp Seals. The mothers only feed the pups for 2 weeks. The pup gains approximately 5 - 6 lbs. a day and changes from having a yellow coat to a white coat overnight. We had arranged to visit the seal rookery every other day to be able to see these changes.”
L’Heureux currently has two one-person exhibitions installed: The Science Spectrum Museum, Lubbock, Texas and The Lafayette Science Museum, Lafayette, Louisiana. http://www.jjlheureux.com/http://www.penguinspirit.com
Additional featured photographers are: Aran Mooney, Art Wolfe, Beverly Houwing, Brian Skerry, Chris Huss, Ciro Albano, Doug Wechsler, Ian Shive, J. Scott Altenbach, Jeff Yonover, Jennifer MaHarry, Joel Sartore, Mark Strickland, Merlin Tuttle, Michael Durham, Michael Forsberg, Michael Forsberg, Michele Westmorland, Morgan Heim, Nolan Nitschke, Otto Plantema, Piper Mackay, Rebecca Jackrel, Robb Hirsch, Robin Moore, Ron LeValley, Sheri Mandel, Thomas D. Mangelsen, Vaughn Hart, and Will Burrard-Lucas.
The opening reception for On the Brink will be held on April 26 from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m. at the G2 Gallery (1503 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice, CA 90291). Admission is $10 at the door and includes wine, hors d’oeuvres and complimentary valet in front of the gallery. All proceeds from admissions will be donated to IUCN. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org; www.theg2gallery.com