Artexpo Exhibitor Helps Raise Money for South Asian Elephants

Live painting Lily Marneffe at International Zurich 2009-

Artence artist Lily Marneffe paints a polyester elephant at Art International Zurich 2009.

Dutch artist/painter Lily Marneffe is a woman with a mission: saving endangered animals. Her publishing company, Artence, established the Animal Art Fund to help raise money to support animals on the brink of extinction. Through the Animal Art Fund, Lily and other artists paint and auction polyester animals, with proceeds going to benefit animals in need.

Above, Lily is shown painting a 30″ elephant (affectionately named “Flowerphant”) at last year’s Art International Zurich fair in October. The elephant went on to be auctioned at the Amsterdam Elephant Parade in November, along with 112 elephants painted by other artists. In total, the Amsterdam Elephant Parade raised € 872.500 euros (($1,265,000. USD) to support South Asian elephants.

Lily will be exhibiting her lush, floral artwork at Artexpo New York 2010, along with painted animals whose proceeds will go to the Animal Art Fund. You can see more of her work at Artence.com (here’s her online gallery). Look for her at the Artence booth!

It’s going to be a knockout show this year, and there’s still time to reserve a booth and register as a trade attendee. Info on general admission coming soon…!

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