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If you've ever worked with me on a project you'll know that I try to avoid leaving things to the last minute - who needs the stress eh! If you want to get a head start on a low-stress holiday season, I'd love to reward a kindred spirit and give you an early Christmas present of a small (18cm) archival print for every

purchased via my online shop through to Nov 15. Keep it for yourself or give as a gift. You can choose from The Bird Watcher, The Scenic Route, Arise, or Uncharted Waters (all pictured above) - just let me know in the order notes which one(s) you'd like.

This offer is only available to you wonderful bird-art-loving folk on my email newsletter as a special thanks for letting me tell you about my favourite birds every now and then. Please feel free to forward this offer on to your friends and family too.

All prints come with free shipping anywhere in the world. And if you can't quite find what you're after, just reply to this email and I'll help you out.

The July page from the Zealandia 2020 calendar

The Zealandia Storyteller's labour of love is the yearly fundraising calendar. It literally takes a year to prepare, with the photographers tasked to get the very best seasonal photos. Once the photos are chosen, the writers get to work, creating mini stories inspired by our wonderful wildlife. I hope you love the results as much as I do! And this year there is no plastic shrink wrap - instead each calendar is in a paper envelope, perfect for posting. Available for $19.90 from the Visitors Centre (no online sales sorry, but if you're out of town and would like one, do get in touch and I'll get one on your behalf).

When you're next at Zealandia, do check out our latest exhibition by the Storytellers and guests from my Art of Birding Photography Challenge. The aim is to inspire and encourage people to use their photos for wildlife advocacy. There are photo essays on composition by Janice McKenna, planning wildlife photography by Chris Helliwell, getting creative by Hannah Shand, along with stories about recent Zealandia events like the kākahi translocation by Linton Miller & Louise Slocombe, and many more. And keep an eye out in December for the 2020 challenges to be released!

Jim Lynch and Mayor Justin Lester, holding Jim's book

Zealandia - the valley that changed a nation

It's been full-on with Zealandia projects, as you can see, and the last one to mention in this update is about founder Jim Lynch's book on the history of Zealandia to date. You might recognize the cover art - I was greatly honoured to be asked to create it. The Zealandia project has been life-changing for Linton and me, and for many, many others over the project's 25 year history. Would you believe that Wellington is now one of the only cities in the world where bio-diversity is actually increasing! To be a small part of that accomplishment is amazing.
Limited edition prints of the cover art "Imagine" are available from Zealandia and online, with 10% of my proceeds going to Zealandia. (Photo of Jim with Mayor Justin Lester at the book launch, by Brendon Doran).

Judi being photographed at the opening

Bringing Back the Birds
Thank you to everyone who came to the Bringing Back the Birds opening night and who have visited the exhibition. I love this photo Linton took of Irene Bick taking a photo of Hon. Eugenie Sage taking a photo of me - it's turtles all the way down! The exhibition is getting rave reviews so do check it out if you can. It's on for one more week, with public hours 10am-3pm on Wed and Thurs 30-31 Oct (or by appointment). Entry is free - just head through parliamentary security at Bowen House, 78 Lambton Quay, and let them know at reception that you're visiting the Exhibition Space (which is just upstairs).

What's happening...
  • 25 Sept - 31 Oct 2019 "Bringing back the birds". A group exhibition at the NZ Parliamentary Gallery in Bowen House. Open to the public on Weds and Thurs 10am-3pm on the days that parliament is sitting. More details...
  • 1 Oct - 30 Nov 2019 "Sanctuary Stories: the art of wildlife advocacy". A group exhibition at the Zealandia gallery by the Sanctuary Storyteller team and guests on using your photos for wildlife advocacy. Free entry to the Stairwell Gallery.
  • 23 - 29 Nov 2019 "Canvas 200" - NZ Academy of Fine Arts Fundraiser, with gala night 29 Nov.
  • 23 Nov 2019 - 12 Jan 2020 "Art To Go" - NZ Academy of Fine Arts Cash & Carry Exhibition.
  • 7 Dec 2019 - 12 Jan 2020 "Summer Exhibition" - NZ Academy of Fine Arts Member Exhibition.
Creepy kōwhai moth caterpillar
In the spirit of Halloween, next week it's a "Creepy" challenge in the Art of Birding Photo Challenge. Jump on in and join us as we explore different ways of using our photos for wildlife advocacy.
Spring fever in kākā-land - we came across these two young lovers last week courtship feeding. It's been a bit of a late start to the breeding season but eggs are now popping out everywhere and we'll soon be busy checking on baby chicks.
Wishing you a happy Labour weekend if you're in NZ!
Stockists in New Zealand:

Inspirit Gallery - Tamahere, Hamilton
Artel Gallery + Store - Kapiti Coast (note new premises in Ōtaki!)
Kotare Art Studio - Greytown, Wairarapa
The Mandarin Tree - Gordonton, Hamilton
Edges Art + Framing - Havelock North, Hawke's Bay
Make - the NZ Academy of Fine Arts Store - Wellington
Zealandia EcoSanctuary - Wellington
Copyright © 2019 Art by JLM, All rights reserved.

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