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FGCU Art Gallery Opens "Where the Wild Things (Still) Are" Exhibit Feb. 28

FORT MYERS, FL - The Florida Gulf Coast University Art Gallery and Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife (CROW) present "Where the Wild Things (Still) Are," an exhibition and sale of wildlife-themed artwork to raise awareness of wildlife and the critical need for its protection. Opening reception is 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 28 in the Arts Complex art gallery. The show runs Feb. 28 through March 28, and is free and open to the public.

Along with introductions by gallery director Scott Snyder and CROW clinical director and staff veterinarian Dr. P.J. Deitschel, wildlife experts and participating artists will be in attendance to talk about their work.

The works comprising the exhibition represent a range of media and styles, sharing a focus on the beauty of wildlife and the natural world. "Where the Wild Things (Still) Are" includes everything from traditional realism to pop and contemporary treatment of the subject matter, created by regional, international and acclaimed artists.

FGCU and CROW will also host an evening of art and animals 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Friday, March 28 in the art gallery, with educational programming by CROW, music and hors d'oeuvres, featuring a presentation by Deitschel.

Deitschel has been a wildlife rehabilitator for 20 years, caring for over 40,000 wild animals during her career. After completing her veterinary degree from Colorado State University in 1996 and studying for a year in South Africa to learn about wildlife rehabilitation, Deitschel joined CROW in 1998 as staff veterinarian. She integrates western and eastern medical traditions in her treatment of CROW's patients, incorporating surgery, acupuncture, nutrition, herbal supplements and physical therapy.

CROW, located on Sanibel Island, is the region's only wildlife hospital, seeking to rescue, care for, and eventually release back into the wild sick, injured, and orphaned native wildlife. Under direction of a full-time veterinarian and dedicated staff and volunteers, CROW provides high quality medical care for more than 3,400 wild animals annually, representing nearly 160 species.

The FGCU Art Gallery program seeks to broaden the cultural and learning experiences of students and the Southwest Florida community, as well as support CROW's important mission through this exhibition.

For more information on this exhibition, please contact gallery director, Scott Snyder at (239) 590-7354 or assistant curator, Anica Sturdivant at (239) 590-7199.

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