Art for Nature exhibition raises fund for WWF

 |Jan 19, 2017
WWF-Malaysia executive director and CEO Dionysius Sharma (standing third from left) with WWF representatives and artists during opening of at The Art for Nature (AFN) 2017 at Hin Bus Depot, George Town, Penang ... photo Doris Lim.
WWF-Malaysia executive director and CEO Dionysius Sharma (standing third from left) with WWF representatives and artists during opening of at Art for Nature (AFN) 2017 at Hin Bus Depot, George Town, Penang … photo Doris Lim.

The recent art exhibition – Art for Nature (AFN) 2017 launched at Hin Bus Depot, George Town had renowned local artists donating their paintings for sales to raise funds in aid of World Wildlife Fund (WWF) for Nature Malaysia.

Artists Awang Damit Ahmad, Delwin Cheah, Lim Anuar, Christine Das and Tan Chor Whye were there to support annual charity art exhibition.

Held annually since 1997, this unique event brings together Malaysian and international artists to showcase their artworks inspired by ‘Mother Nature’.

This is the third year that AFN will be held in Penang with 50% of the proceeds from the sale of artworks channelled to WWF-Malaysia’s conservation efforts.

The exhibition was launched by Lee Khai who invited and encouraged everyone is invited to view the exhibition and purchase artworks for a worthy cause.

At the official opening, WWF-Malaysia executive director and CEO Dionysius Sharma said that “Art for Nature 2017 aims to nature environmental conservation awareness among members of the public.”

“Like a nurturing parent, ‘Mother Nature’ provides us with water for our survival. The Ulu Muda forest in Kedah is one of the most important water catchment areas providing 96% of all water to Kedah and 80% of all water to Penang.

“This magnificent forest provides upstream protection of major rivers that supply water for domestic, industrial, agricultural use and for tourism hubs of Penang.”

Nature’s gift to us is our forests and eco-systems.

WWF-Malaysia works to protect vital forests and advocate gazetting the Ulu Muda Forest as a protected area.

The NGO work to develop a ‘Payment for Ecosystem Services’ scheme to ensure that the forest was safeguarded for the nation.

WWF-Malaysia undertakes research to understand the effects of land-use changes to the quality and quantity of water and developing an economic case for the protection of Ulu Muda.

“We hope that these efforts to nurture nature will protect our natural resources, which will be critical in nurturing future generations in time to come,” Dionysius Sharma concluded.

Sculptor Jason Min’s cultured marble artwork titled 'Dedication 1' at The Art for Nature (AFN) 2017 at Hin Bus Depot, George Town, Penang ... photo Doris Lim.
Sculptor Jason Min’s cultured marble artwork titled ‘Dedication 1’ at the Art for Nature (AFN) 2017 at Hin Bus Depot, George Town, Penang … photo Doris Lim.

Sharma urged collectors to purchase the Art for Nature artworks as 50% of sales proceeds will go to WWF-Malaysia’s conservation efforts.

The Art for Nature 2017 exhibition was organised by Cheong Mei Fong, the owner of Island Gallery with support from art and antique enthusiast Tan Chor Whye and Hin Bus Depot as venue hosts.

For queries about AFN 2017, please contact Sharon Lo, WWF-Malaysia manager, major donor and corporate engagement (Northern Region) at email: [email protected]

Art for Nature 2017 participating artists are Alice Chang Oi Lai, Awang Damit Ahmad, Cheong Mei Fong, Chia Tick Chiam, Choo Beng Teong, Choy Meng Foong, Christine Das, Delwin Cheah, Esther Reutens, Felysia Chew Shin Yin, Heng Eow Lin, Jason Min, Kay Loo, Ken Ooi Chee Kheng, Khor Seow Hooi, Lim Anuar, Lye Yau Fatt, Lynz Lee, Moy Siew Ting, Nasir Nadzir, Pheh It Hao, P. Santhi, Simon Tan, Tan Choon Ghee, Teng Yin Teik, Thomas Powell and Wong Siew Inn.

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Doris Lim is a Malaysia Outlook contributor with a keen eye for details developed form her background in architecture and design. Her affable personality and passion to celebrate life is captured in her stories of the community. Doris’ love for all things beautiful and quirky is tempered by her love for writing, photography, food, art and travel.