Exhibition Opening: ‘A Wild Abandon: Awaken the Bear’ by Kate Carragher

Exhibition Opening: ‘A Wild Abandon: Awaken the Bear’ by Kate Carragher

The Edwards
Friday, 29 September 2017

We’re heading into remote Canadian and US wilderness with Newcastle wildlife creative, adventurer and artist, Kate Carragher.

From kayaking with grizzlies to finding a bison staring into her eyes to being employed as a Whale Whisperer on a remote island, Kate has experienced some heart-stopping moments on her adventures.

This Friday September 29, she will share part of that journey at the launch of her first exhibition ‘A Wild Abandon: Awaken the Bear’ at The Edwards.

Capturing five months in North America including national parks such as Yellowstone, Banff, Mount Rainier and the remote Cariboo-Chilcotin region in British Columbia, Canada, the exhibition features a hybrid of art forms.

Images of bison, bears and elk, as well as mountains and lake landscapes are featured in a mixture of photographs, journal entries, watercolours and pencil illustrations, said Ms Carragher.

“With 10 per cent of the Earth’s wilderness lost in the last two decades, the A Wild Abandon series is what I hope will be a lifetime body of work dedicated to exploring remote, pristine or vulnerable environments,” said Ms Carragher.

“If people feel connected to a place or animal, they’re more inclined to protect it. In turn, I hope to encourage people to seek adventure and connection with themselves and nature, and volunteer where they can,” she said.

“There were so many breath-taking moments on this adventure from watching a blonde grizzly tear into a salmon on Chilko Lake, seeing a wolf in the wild to witnessing baby bears wander past and the bison migration in Yellowstone.

“Learning about Tsilhqot’in history and culture in the Chilcotin region was incredible and meeting local people such as a mountain man who lived off the land in hobbit-like structures made from driftwood. Just the general experience of living three hours from a grocery store – where dinner with the neighbour involved four hours of driving – everyday as an adventure.”

Ms Carragher, who runs an art studio Studio Carragher with her mum and sister, received a Kathmandu Summit Club Adventure Sponsorship that supplied her with gear to pursue her Wildlife Creative dream.

She also regularly features on ABC Newcastle 1223 with Paul Bevan for the ‘Used to Live Here, Now Live There’ segment reporting in from overseas adventures.

In light of the record-breaking fire season the BC province has experienced over the past few months that has seen 11,700 square kilometres scorched, Ms Carragher is donating a portion of proceeds from Awaken the Bear to the renowned Northern Lights Wildlife Society that rehabilitates injured wildlife and bears and releases them back into the wild.

Newcastle Writers Festival Director Rosemarie Milsom will open the exhibition at 7pm, followed by a talk by Ms Carragher. ‘Ukelele Queen’ Olivia Green will perform and Novocastrian musician, Kylie Jane will play from 8pm.

A Wild Abandon: Awaken the Bear opens Friday 29 September @ 7pm at The Edwards and runs until October 14. Entry is free but attendees are encouraged to donate towards the Northern Lights Wildlife Centre to help with their grizzly bear tracking program.

For further information or to book a dinner reservation before or after the opening talk, contact The Edwards on 02 4965 3845 or visit www.katecarragher.com

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