June 2017 EXHIBIT
The Elephants of BLES
July 1 – 29, 2017
The Newburgh Free Library is pleased to announce the Elephants of BLES photo exhibit. Jackie Chiger, a local photographer, traveled to Boon Lott’s Elephant Sanctuary (BLES) in Sukhothai, Thailand to take these magnificent photos.
The elephants of BLES have all been rescued from long lives of exploitation, spirit breaking, pain and cruelty. Now they are able to spend the rest of their lives wandering, eating, swimming, playing and socializing with their friends on the 600 acre sanctuary filled with lush forests, rivers and ponds.
Jackie Chiger and her husband Richie spent eleven days helping Katherine Connor, founder of BLES, along with her devoted staff, with the feeding and caring for the elephants. From walking with the elephants in the forest, to watching them while they swam in the river and ponds to even sharing breakfast with them; Jackie and Richie were in constant awe and amazement at these magnificent being. Jackie has said, that the “love, intelligence and sweetness of these gorgeous creatures were at times heart-stopping; we were constantly spellbound by their beauty and grace.”
Jackie’s photography is an homage to these beautiful, intelligent and loving giants, who were lucky enough to be saved. She took these photos as a labor of love to share with the world what love and caring can accomplish. 100% of the proceeds from the sale of any photo directly to the Boon Lott’s Elephant Sanctuary.
Thousands more elephants are in need of rescue and sanctuary from their dismal existence. Hopefully, they will someday find sanctuary.
The art show runs through July 29 in the lobby of the Newburgh Free Library, 124 Grand St., Newburgh, NY 12550. For questions, Please contact Richard at 917-597-7053.
If you wish to view the art show and the gate is down, please see a security guard. The Newburgh Free Library is open from 9-9 Monday through Thursday, 9-5 Friday and Saturday and 1-5 on Sunday. For more information about library programs or upcoming art shows, please call (845) 563-3600.
A spacious gallery space in the lobby of the Newburgh Free Library is the site of monthly exhibits and art shows by local artists. Many of the artists offer receptions to showcase their art and meet the public. In addition, glass cases showcase local collections and displays related to library and literary-related events.
The Newburgh Free Library welcomes exhibits by Hudson Valley artists. The exhibits are hung by the artists themselves and are usually on display for one month. For more information, please see the Exhibit and Display Registration Form and Waiver as well as the Exhibit Spaces and Bulletin Boards Policy. If you are interested in exhibiting, please call the library, 845-563-3619 or 563-3639. Samples of work are required before an exhibit can be scheduled.
In addition, the library has a number of display cases that showcase special collections or materials loaned by local artists and individuals. If you have a special collection or small project you would like to display, please call 845-563-3644 or 563-3619.