Archive for May, 2016

My latest series “Survivors” is dedicated to the orphaned Kodiak bear cubs that were rescued in May of 2015 and relocated to the Wildwood Zoo, Marshfield, WI.  If you search through some of my earlier posts listed under (Kodiak bear cubs)  you’ll find links to news articles and video segments offering information  on the rescue efforts and relocation of the cubs and learn about why I’ve been inspired by the orphaned Kodiak bear cubs.
Many of the original prints I’ve created are also offered as reproduction prints in the format of greeting cards.

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I’d like to invite everyone to come explore the north woods and  tour  32 of the finest north woods art studio’s this Summer and Fall.  The 2016 NORTHWOODS ART TOUR is held on July 29th, 30th, 31st and October 7th,8th and 9th.   The “iMAGiNETHAT! Art Studio and is located at 1843 Bayer Lake Road, Arbor Vitae, WI.  Traveling  on Hwy 51, it’s five miles north of  Woodruff, turn west on Airport Road.  The studio is 1.2 miles north of Lakeland Airport,  just off of North Farming Road, it’s the first driveway on Bayer Lake Road.

To obtain a map and  learn more about all the art studio’s participating in the 2016 NORTHWOODS ART TOUR go to the following link.

Here’s a little preview  of what to expect when you visit my art studio.

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The past few days I’ve been watching and photographing the cubs climbing trees, having water fights and chasing each other around the woodland habitat area. Yesterday  evening Munsey  decided to climbed 30  to 40 feet up one of the trees.

While it’s always fun to watch the cubs at play, I do worry about them when they choose to climb 30 feet up a tree!

Munsey has been holding his own when interacting with Boda these days, he’s no longer the passive Kodiak bear cub.  I must say it’s good to see the cubs treat each other with kindness from time to time.  It doesn’t happen often but I had the opportunity to see the cubs demonstrate  their affection for each other yesterday afternoon.

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The cubs are around 260 pounds each and are going to be 16 months old in June.

Yesterday morning I had the pleasure of sharing  my knowledge on the Kodiak cubs with the first grade teachers and students from Neilville, Wisconsin.

The photograph below is of Munsey running with his chunk of watermelon.aDSC_5790 2016 4 14 munsey

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Check out the news article written on the Kodiak bear cubs.  I’ve shared a few video’s and  300 of  my photographs with biologist  Nate Svoboda, to assist him with the creation of the educational signage and other educational publications for the Kodiak bear cub exhibit.

This group of photographs were taken between May 5th and May 7th, 2016.  Munsey and Boda are now about 260 pounds and are 15 months old.  Boda is pictured chasing a couple of ducks that kept landing in the pond located in the Woodland habitat area.  At this time Boda still has blond fur on his hind quarters, while Munsey has a sold brown fur coat.  It appears that Munsey’s Summer fur coat is beginning to take on a lighter color.  It will be interesting to see if they  both have a honey blond fur coat during the Summer months.

I continue to work on charcoal drawings, collages and photography all based on the Kodiak cubs and how they’ve survived all the adversities that have been placed before them since they’ve lost their mother in May of 2015.  I’ve decided that the series of  my Kodiak bear cub artwork will be titled “Kodiak Survivors”.  I do have  my first photographic book published and ready for sale and a selection of 20 Kodiak bear cub greeting cards.  The book has 20 pages of full color photographs of the cubs from age 9 months to 13 months.  The photographs are dated and share information about the cubs and how they’ve been growing and developing during those months.

Please contact me if your interested in purchasing one of my Kodiak Bear Books or greeting cards.   Here two new links to news articles that have been published about Munsey and Boda.

Here’s a few photographs of the cubs that I had taken yesterday afternoon.

Check out this link to learn more about Munsey and Boda.

A new news article was written this month by Riley Woodford in the the Alaska Fish & Wildlife News.  It’s wonderful to see that Alaska is still interested in the health and growth of Munsey and Boda as well as keeping in touch with the Wildwood Zoo in Marshfield Wisconsin.

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