Today we’d like to shed some light on an incredibly talented and motivated group of Philadelphia-area artists who recently came together to deliver Countdown to (En)Danger: A Show to Benefit the World Wildlife Fund.
Curated by Ryann Casey and Josh Robeson, Countdown to (En)Danger features donated artworks by over 40 artists currently on display/sale at B2 Cafe in South Philadelphia through this Wednesday, November 7th. Blow The Scene’s Joshua T. Cohen recently had the joy of catching up with Countdown to (En)Danger on the opening night of its B2 residency with a full photo gallery of the evening’s festivities featured below. For those just tuning in, WWF is the largest multinational non profit conservation organization in the world, working in 100 countries, supported by 1.2 million members in the US and close to 5 million globally.
One of our favorite Philadelphians, the wonderful Ryann Casey, may sound familiar to you as she was one of the organizers of the successful Empty Night Skies art benefit show we recently covered that featured tons of fun bat-themed art to help spread awareness about the horrific White-nose Syndrome currently decimating cave-dwelling bat populations in the US.
Countdown to (En)Danger: A Show to Benefit the World Wildlife Fund once again found Casey and crew armed with knowledge and passion, this round focused on the plight of endangered animals globally. When it comes to protecting species, the WWF mission statement is straightforward and easy to get behind:
From elephants to polar bears, WWF fights to secure a future for animals on the planet we all share. WWF helped bring back the Amur tiger and Africa’s black rhinos from the edge of extinction. We are giving isolated, dwindling populations of black footed ferrets and river dolphins a second chance. WWF continues to keep habitats and landscapes thriving. We envision, create, test and deliver solutions for a crowded planet. We work with partners at all levels, from community leaders to governments and multinational bodies. But our work is far from done, and WWF constantly strives to protect the species we all care about.
The range of artworks here was truly inspiring. From traditional oil-on-canvas to silk screened bags, prints, and T-shirts, to three-dimensional mobiles, mixed media with glass, stains, and much more.. there was no shortage of inspiration, creativity, or passion. Toss in a delicious spread of vegan treats, and you’ve got the fixings for a fantastic evening for a great cause.
If you cannot make it out to B2 by Wednesday evening to enjoy all of this awesome animal art, don’t fret, WWF has set up a site where you can donate directly in the name of Countdown to (En)Danger HERE. Ryann Casey and friends have set up an Etsy Store where you can buy the remaining donated works!
We’ll be touching base with Casey and many of the artists you see featured below, so stay tuned!
Earth Hour 2013
Making a Difference for Rhino Conservation
Contributing artists for Countdown to (En)Danger: A Show to Benefit the World Wildlife Fund Includes:
Eric Danger Clark
Dylan Garrett Smith