Wildlife artist Ed Anderson from Boise, Idaho, has been selected to participate in a new artist “in residence” educational program at the J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge.”
Working from his studio at Blind Pass through July 1, Anderson will be involved in a number of projects focused on modern-day wildlife and travel journaling art.
The refuge plans to establish pop-up studio locations along Wildlife Drive throughout Anderson’s stay, so that visitors can informally meet and learn from the artist. He will conduct formal art and journaling workshops and demonstrations, and will also be mentoring children and engaging them in mural and journaling projects.
Anderson’s work this spring and summer will culminate in an exhibition of his journals and art starting in mid-February 2020 in the “Ding” Darling Visitor & Education Center auditoriums. The Refuge Nature Store will also be turning his art into one-of-a-kind souvenirs to benefit conservation and education efforts at “Ding” Darling.
Anderson’s fine art has been published in publications around the United States including Gray’s Sporting Journal, Backcountry Journal, and, locally, Gulfshore Life. In the interest of conservation, he has donated his work to DDWS, Bonefish & Tarpon Trust, Captains for Clean Water, and various other non-profits. He has been visiting Sanibel Island since his childhood, for some 40 years.
Ding” Darling Wildlife Society-Friends of the Refuge (DDWS) is hosting the program as part of the refuge’s 75th anniversary celebration running through Dec. 1, 2020.
“Our refuge was created by conservation artist Jay Norwood ‘Ding’ Darling in 1945, so it’s more than fitting that we begin celebrating our 75th anniversary with interpretive art programs,” said supervisory refuge ranger Toni Westland. “Darling, who created the Federal Duck Stamp program, designed the first duck stamp and the refuge system’s Blue Goose logo. He won the Pulitzer Prize twice for his popular political cartoons throughout the 1920s and 30s.”