A Wildlife Crossing at G2 Gallery – ART WALK NEWS

A Wildlife Crossing at G2 Gallery

wildlifeg2On View Apr. 21–June 7, 2015 with Opening Reception Apr. 25, from 6:30–9:00 PM.

On April 21, 2015, The G2 Gallery will premiere Getting There: A Wildlife Crossing Over the 101, a photography exhibit focused on the nationally recognized effort to build a landbridge in Liberty Canyon for Los Angeles area animals.

Getting There is a group exhibit that culled images from Southern California photographers in pursuit of showing just how many animals could benefit from a wildlife crossing. Coyotes, mountain lions, deer, foxes, lizards and many other creatures are killed each year trying to cross Los Angeles highways and roads. A crossing would save animals, decrease car accidents and help improve the genetic diversity of many species, especially mountain lions.

“I’ve worked in Yosemite and Yellowstone national parks and on some amazing wildlife projects, but nothing has inspired me more working to build what could potentially be the largest wildlife crossing in the world to help save this population of mountain lions,” says California Director of the National Wildlife Federation (NWF), Beth Pratt-Bergstrom.

The project gained national attention last year after NPR, The Telegraph, Wall Street Journal and other outlets covered the P-22 mountain lion story, mentioning the proposed overpass as the best possible solution. Since then, thanks to the efforts of a dedicated coalition of groups and individuals, including NWF, CalTrans, Santa Monica Mountains Fund and various elected officials, the project has been given a $1 million grant from State Coastal Conservancy.

To be shovel-ready by 2018, an additional $3 million is necessary to complete the needed engineering for CalTrans, and to fund the vital ongoing research of the National Park Service and other scientists, along with education, outreach and advocacy for the campaign. The hashtag, #SaveLAcougars, and a text-fundraiser campaign are just a few of the ways the project is expanding its outreach.

“We need the entire Los Angeles area—and beyond—to rally behind this cause,” says Pratt-Bergstrom. “Los Angeles has a chance here to be a world leader in helping urban wildlife.”

The opening reception for Getting There: A Wildlife Crossing Over the 101, along with Bird L.A. and Nature LA: Ron Azevedo, will be held on April 25 from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m. 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 NWF. RSVP to rsvp@theg2gallery.com.

Location: The G2 Gallery (www.theg2gallery.com)
1503 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice, CA 90291-3742
Tel. 310.452.2842, E-mail info@theg2gallery.com

Diane Shader Smith
Bennett Rea

About The G2 Gallery
The G2 Gallery is an award-winning nature and wildlife photography gallery that facilitates change by bringing attention to environmental issues through the persuasive power of photographic art. G2 shares this passion with both celebrated and emerging environmental photographers, who use the camera as a tool to inspire conservation