THE ART OF CONSERVATION
Plantation Grille, Brays Island Plantation, SC
Guest Speaker: John Banovich, Artist/Conservationist
March 13, 2017, 3:30-5:00pm
Hosted by Chris & Amy Dorsey,
"When I was born in 1964 there were 3.5 billion people on earth, today it has doubled to over 7 billion, and growing every hour. With a little math, that adds up to approximately 600 billion pounds of added biomass, omnivore bio mass. Humans consume more than any other vertebrates of equal size and they like a surfeit of food, cars, electronics, air conditioning...so they, we, represent a tremendous demand on the world's resources. We are expected to swell to nearly 9.5 billion by 2050. The concern for all of us should be, can these extra billions not only be fed, but rise out of poverty through economic development without the planet being destroyed? Can it be done without rainforests being torn down for agriculture; without the fish stocks of the oceans being void of life; without the atmosphere being swamped with climate-changing carbon from thousands of new power stations; without savannas turning to deserts? Less than eight percent of the earth's terrestrial surface is protected, not nearly enough to maintain enough space for animals, therefore wildlife must coexist with man in a human dominated landscape. It has a fighting chance on those landscapes only if it can be managed as a natural resource.
On Monday, March 13th we will explore man's relationship to nature and the ways in which man can co-exist with Big Things With Big Teeth in a world of shrinking habitat."
After nearly 5 years in the making we have now completed our new 6500 square foot Art Center in one of the most beautiful places in North America, Paradise Valley, Montana. Located 11 miles south of Livingston, Montana and 45 minutes from Yellowstone National Park, with the Absaroka Mountains rising like a fortress behind it, the new Banovich Art Center stands tall above the valley floor. With reverence paid to the agricultural roots of the region, architectural design including cold rolled steel and wood siding give a seasoned appearance, as if it has experienced decades of the extreme Rocky Mountain elements.
Inside you will be transported through art to some of the wildest places on earth. New art, new collectibles and new stories will continually emerge from behind the 10 foot doors. A place that will continue to evolve with timeless creative energy, every visit will be an unique guest experience. We will be hosting special events, public appearances and important exhibitions centered around the celebration of Wildlife and Wild Places and the important role both play in enriching our lives. Through this cultural platform we hope to imbue an understanding that art can move, reveal and inspire to seek a deeper understanding of the world around us; it can paint a face on an idea, a region, a cause and help engage us at visceral level to conserve our wildlife heritage. You are all welcome to come and visit as something WILD awaits you!
The Banovich Art Center is located BANOVICH ART CENTER 2 Pine Creek Road, Livingston, MT 59047