On 28th October for five days the Ellenborough Gallery will host an exhibition of paintings by Joy Adamson, a pioneer in the field of conservation.
With her husband George, senior game warden for Kenya’s untamed Northern Province, she established one of the world’s first wild animal appeals which, in 1963 became the Elsa Conservation Trust.
Joy spent many years raising orphaned lioness Elsa and rehabilitating her back into the wild.
Today the Elsa Conservation Trust continues its lifelong commitment to wildlife conservation. By operating a wildlife retreat and an education centre at the Adamson’s former home at Elsamere on the shores of Lake Naivasha in Kenya’s Rift Valley, the Adamson’s legacy lives on.
To celebrate Joy’s life and to raise money for the Elsa Conservation Trust, Ellenborough Park will host an exhibition of her original botanical watercolours including East African wild flowers and plants.
The paintings were handpicked by Joy herself for an exhibition at London’s Tyron Gallery in 1973. Many have not been seen in public for nearly four decades.
A talented artist, Joy was recognised for her skill in 1947 when she was awarded the Royal Horticultural Society’s Grenfell Gold Award, the highest accolade of its kind.
The exhibition is open from 10am – 6pm daily from 28th October until 1st November. The minimum entry donation is £3 per person, and prints of Joy’s paintings and the 50th anniversary edition of the book ‘Born Free’ will be available to purchase. All proceeds go to the Elsa Conservation Trust.
Take a look at this clip of the movie ‘Born Free’ that was inspired by Joy’s wonderful life. http://youtu.be/e1wpbCbPP7U