Wildlife Artists’ Legacy Celebrates and Supports Nature through Art

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The World Acclaimed Latham Family Exhibits Their Art at Seaside Art Gallery

The esteemed three-artist exhibition features Karen Latham and her daughters, Rebecca and Bonnie. Each member is internationally recognized for their distinctive interpretations of the wildlife they endear. The family is inspired by their love of the outdoors, from their home in Minnesota to their travels throughout the country. The award winning Lathams are renowned for their realistic expression of wildlife with mesmerizing detail in their paintings of animals, birds, and nature. It is as if one can reach into the painting and pet the animals’ fur.

Award winning artist Karen Latham studied with prominent contemporary artists. She is dedicated to evolving her unique artistic style and is internationally recognized. “Exploring nature has always been a big part of my life,” says Karen. She shares the magic of wildlife in her paintings, and hopes to help viewers better appreciate nature around them.

Rebecca too, is passionate about her art and wildlife. After studying many mediums & styles of painting and sculpture, she now works primarily in watercolor in a traditional Flemish style of working “in miniature.” She is well versed in realism and miniature art, and at times even paints with genuine 24 karat gold and sterling silver.

Rebecca says, “I hope to capture the unique beauty of nature that I see to share it with the viewer, that they may treasure them as I do.” Her primary goal in her work is to help the creatures she paints as well as their habitat. She participates in wildlife & habitat conservation fundraising events. Her art has been featured on United States and Canadian conservation stamps.

Bonnie Latham works in watercolor, acrylic, oil, inks, graphite and charcoal. She is widely traveled and spends extensive time in the field observing wild animals in varying habitats. She expresses her personal experiences with quality, depth and shape portrayed in her work such that, the viewer feels as if they are in the field with her.

“It’s important to see not just the animal, but the twigs, grass, moss. I bring these into my work,” says the artist. Bonnie paints nature, landscapes, animals and birds, and often includes raptors and predators in her artwork. She exhibits in the United States and England, and her artwork has been featured on the United States Fish & Wildlife Service Federal Junior Duck Stamp.

The Latham family’s shared love of celebrating wildlife in art has raised thousands of dollars for wildlife and conservation through their works featured worldwide. The family’s art works are in galleries and museums in the United States and abroad. They are associated with many art and miniature societies in Australia, Canada, England, Europe, Italy and the United States, to name a few.

The Latham Family Art Exhibition can be seen at Seaside Art Gallery from November 1st through November 29th, 2014. A special catered reception will be held at the gallery on Saturday November 29th, from 7pm – 9pm. H'ordeuvres will be served and attendees can meet the artists, Karen, Rebecca and Bonnie, in person. The reception is open and free to the public.

Seaside Art Gallery is family owned and operated, and is located in Nags Head, NC, a coastal community surrounded by the natural beauty of the Outer Banks’ Cape Hatteras National Seashore. It is the Outer Banks’ first art gallery and was established by the Smith family in 1961. Seaside Art Gallery is one of the largest privately owned galleries in the Southeast. It is known for its expansive 12-roomfuls of original fine art spanning the 19th - 21st century masters, famed animation studio art, current day artists from every locale, antiques, sculptures, estate jewelry, and collector items. Seaside Art Gallery specializes in original works of art, not reproductions, and the authenticity of the art is fully guaranteed.

Seaside Art Gallery contact is Melanie Smith, Owner at (252) 441-5418 or (800) 828-2444, email info(at)seasideart(dot)com, or http://www.seasideart.com for viewing times and hours of operation and more information. Seaside Art Gallery is located at 2716 Virginia Dare Trail, Milepost 11, in Nags Head, NC.

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