Friends of High Park Zoo Announce Peacock Fundraising Initiative and Partnership with Local Artist To Raise Funds for the Zoo

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FHPZ Partners with visual artist Leanne Davies to reproduce High Park Zoo peacock artwork – Starry Night Flyer #Roncesvalles (2015)

Postcards and Posters available at the Llama Pen (for a suggested donation of $1 and $3)

Limited edition Giclée prints for sale (a portion of the proceeds donated to High Park Zoo)

Meet Leanne in person at the Llama Pen Saturday October 31, 2015 11:30 am to 1:30 pm

Toronto – October 22, 2015 – Friends of High Park Zoo (FHPZ) has partnered with local visual artist Leanne Davies to raise funds for High Park Zoo.  Leanne was inspired by High Park Zoo’s infamous resident this summer, the High Park peacock, who toured Roncesvalles and the neighbourhood to help raise awareness for High Park Zoo.

Leanne, along with the entire City of Toronto and including local and followers on Twitter from afar (#TorontoPeacock), was inspired by the escapades of the peacock this past summer and created an original acrylic:  Starry Night Flyer #Roncesvalles (2015).  Critics have called this work: “an embodiment of freedom that captures the spirit of a renegade in all of us” and “A dream inspiring Goodnight Moon of our day”.

FHPZ has entered a licencing agreement to reproduce Leanne’s important peafowl work and has printed postcards and posters celebrating Starry Night Flyer #Roncesvalles (2015).  FHPZ will make these mementos available at the llama pen (on weekends at the Llama Pen until the end of October) and other events throughout the remainder of the year.  FHPZ is suggesting a $1 and $3 donation to own a piece of local history.

Leanne has also commission a limited edition run of 50 giclée prints of Starry Night Flyer #Roncesvalles (2015) that are available for purchase on her website http://leannedavies.com/store/starry-night-flyer-roncesvalles-2015-giclee-print/ and in person at the Llama Pen at High Park Zoo on Saturday October 31, 2015. These prints retail for $65 ($73.45 including taxes).  Leanne will donate a portion of the proceeds to Friends of High Park Zoo for capital improvements at the Zoo.

“The City was so enamoured by the adventures of our peacock this summer, FHPZ wanted to ensure visitors could take home a piece of this history of our fine feathered peafowl,” exclaims John Formosa Chair of the Board of Friends of High Park Zoo.  “These items not only make a wonderful Christmas or holiday gift but also help to support your local community zoo – High Park Zoo.”

Background:

In the spring of 2015 the #TorontoPeacock captivated the people of Toronto as it took hiatus from his home @HighParkZoo, one of the oldest zoos in North America.  It frolicked on the roof tops of Toronto homes reaching celebrity status on the Internet.  #TorontoPeacock inspired local artist Leanne Davies to capture this quintessential moment in High Park Zoo’s over 120 year history.

Twitter:  #TorontoPeacock #peacock #highparkpeacockontherun @TorontoPeacock @HighParkZoo

 

About Leanne Davies

Leanne Davies is a visual artist working in Toronto.

Her paintings and drawings feature both people and animals caught in moments that don’t necessarily mesh with reality. Inspired by modernist literature, social media and contemporary culture she illustrates beauty in the absurd and ironic.  Desire, identity, and the complexity of human relationships are common themes found in her work.

Born in Victoria, B.C. on the west coast of Canada, she moved to Toronto in 1993 to pursue a visual arts degree at York University (BFA 96).

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