South Lake Tahoe, CA…His art is big: on the sides of skyscrapers, roofs of sports arenas, school walls, the U.S. National Mall in Washington, D.C., and just about everywhere in between. But for environmental artist Wyland, the last 35 years have been about making a statement about how one person can change the world. He has helped shaped the way millions see, understand, and appreciate the oceans and planet.
“This is a distinguished accomplishment in the art world — and one we look forward to sharing with great pride,” Wyland said as he begins a year of special events, gallery shows and celebrations marking this milestone. “That’s because our mission of showcasing the world’s finest marine life art, introducing people to the power of nature, and giving back to communities everywhere has redefined what an artist and an art gallery can mean to the world.”
In 1978, Wyland started a small gallery in the renowned art community of Laguna Beach, California. As the response to his art and mission grew, Wyland Galleries expanded across the United States, from Hawaii to Florida. Today, these galleries have become destinations on the itineraries of many travelers. Collectors and fans around the world have Wyland’s inspirational art.
An important aspect of Wyland’s work has been his non-profit Wyland Foundation. 2013 will mark the 20th anniversary of the foundation, which uses art and science education to inspire millions of young people to become stewards for the environment. As part of his commitment, in the past 20 years, Wyland has held art clinics for more than one million kids in all 50 states and many countries around the world.
The Wyland Foundation has helped children and families around the nation to rediscover the importance of healthy oceans and waterways through public art programs, classroom science education, and live events. The foundation gives children the tools they need to become more creative, positive, and solution-oriented. The foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and has worked directly with more than one million children since its inception in 1993.
For more info on the foundation and for a video message from Wyland see: www.wylandfoundation.org.
National Mayors Challenge for Water Conservation
In 2013, Wyland will lead his second annual “National Mayor’s Challenge for Water Conservation” a friendly, community-based competition where cities across the nation are encouraged to be “water wise.” With the Wyland Water Mobile Learning Experience, an 18 wheel, mobile interactive, “hands-on” educational display and with the support of Toyota, the United States Environmental Protection Agency, Forest Service, National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration, National League of Cities, Rain Bird Corporation, CH2M Hill, and Lowe’s Home Improvement Stores, mayors and civic leaders nationwide will challenge their residents to conserve water, energy and other natural resources on behalf of their city through a series of informative events and online pledges. Last year, the challenge awarded more than $50,000 in prizes, including a Toyota Prius, Lowe’s gift cards, custom lawn and garden irrigation and water-saving fixtures, to 1,200 residents in U.S. cities. Info at www.mywaterpledge.com.
Blues Planet: Sounds: Award-Winning Documentary on Tour
In 2012, Wyland put together the award-winning documentary called, “Blues Planet: Sounds,” a new documentary narrated by famed oceanographer Dr. Sylvia Earle. This powerful and moving visual masterpiece sheds light on the environmental challenges of our day and the many people who through art, music, and science are creating an environmental renaissance. Original music from the Wyland Blues Planet Project by Taj Mahal, Rod Piazza, Steve Turre, Nick-I, and 40 blues icons, recorded in New Orleans on the anniversary of the Gulf Oil Disaster. This film will be shown at various venues across the county in conjunction with Wyland’s gallery shows and will be used for fund raising and community awareness for local water and ocean charities. See the movie trailer here: www.wyland.com/wylandrecords.
MORE ON WYLAND: Wyland is a celebrated painter, sculptor, muralist, writer, film maker, and music producer, his work and lifetime of achievements have been recognized by the world’s most prestigious organizations, including the United Nations, the Guinness Book of World Records, the International Scuba Diving Hall of Fame, and the famous Explorer’s Club, who’s members were the first to the North Pole, the South Pole, the summit of Mount Everest, first to the deepest point in the ocean and first to the surface of the moon.
As an official artist for the United States Olympic Team, he created large-scale art events for the Vancouver and Beijing Olympics, including the completion of his 100th and final Whaling Wall mural, “Hands Across the Ocean,” a nearly mile-long series of giant canvasses painted with kids from over 100 Olympic countries for the Olympic Cultural Festival in Beijing. The artist also painted on the lawn of the White House with 14,000 kids to celebrate the health of the oceans.
For more information please visit: www.Wyland.com.
DAY AND TIME:
Friday, June 28 at 5-9 pm
Sat. June 29 at 3-7 pm
4000 Lake Tahoe Blvd
South Lake Tahoe
Gallery phone number is 530-541-7099.