Artist Deirdre Hyde Presents Magnificent New Painting
Renowned wildlife artist and conservationist, Deirdre Hyde (shown left, below) was at the Museo Nacional in San José, Costa Rica last night to present a magnificent new painting depicting the diversity of the tropical rainforest of her beautiful adoptive country.
'Amanecer en La Salva / Dawn in La Selva' by Deirdre Hyde
The US Ambassador to Costa Rica, Sharon Day, was delighted to pose with the original artwork, prints of which will be sold to raise funds for the Organization of Tropical Studies (OTS) - please enquire for details.
With over 100 guests in attendance, the evening provided an ideal opportunity for the Vice President of the Republic of Costa Rica, Ana Helena Chacón, to make an impassioned speech praising the work of the OTS and promoting the continued need to protect the environment and study of the phenomenally diverse web of life found in the tiny country.
Incorporating no less than 110 different animal and plants species, the painting was created to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Estación Biológica La Selva - a biological research station in Sarapiquí, North-eastern Costa Rica. Encompassing an area of 1,536 hectares of lowland tropical rainforest, research and investigations from the protected area generate globally significant information on the flora and fauna of the region.
Formally established in 1968, the La Selva Biological Station (owned and operated by the OTS) aims to preserve and protect the unique and intact forest whilst providing research and education facilities. As well as the vital ecology data, the centre is also also interested in how local communities relate to the protected area.
Funds are raised by offering a wide range of courses and ecotourism.
Information can be found here.
To see more of Deirdre Hyde's amazing artwork, click here.