Tuesday, January 3, 2012

CCSO Arts Exhibit To Showcase Exotic Animal Photographs

The Collier County Sheriff’s Office has partnered with The Shy Wolf Sanctuary, Education and Experience Center Inc. to display a series of photographs of exotic animals housed at the sanctuary in Golden Gate Estates.

CCSO will host a public reception for the sixth installment of the Community Gallery, an arts exhibit housed within the Sheriff’s Office, on Thursday, Jan. 12, from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. The gallery is located at the administrative offices on the second floor of CSO headquarters, 3319 U.S. 41 E., Bldg. J., East Naples.

“Reflections of Shy Wolf: A Photographic Essay” features photos taken by the Digital Photography and Imaging Club of Naples.

The exhibit runs through March during normal business hours and is open to the public.

Founded in 2001, the sanctuary is a nonprofit organization that rescues and provides sanctuary to unwanted, neglected, abused and abandoned exotic animals. It is solely run by volunteers and donor support. Animals on site include wolves, wolf dogs, sugar gliders, prairie dogs, gopher tortoises, bobcat, cougar, and silver-tipped red foxes.

The exhibits featured at the Community Gallery rotate every three months. Opening receptions are held for each new exhibit to continually showcase the art and partnership of the participating organization. The Sheriff’s Office headquarters is a community building and welcomes all members of the public to come and view the exhibits.

The CCSO Community Gallery welcomes any local public service organizations which are interested in setting up a future exhibit.

For more information about the gallery or how an organization can participate, contact Planning and Research Coordinator Mary Belote at 239.252.0810, or Mary.Belote@colliersheriff.org.