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‘Ding’ Free Conservation Art Day
painting along the
way. Visitors will have
an opportunity to
buy their fresh works
in the Refuge Visitor
& Education Center
throughout the day.
The first arrivals to
Conservation Art Day
score a reusable bag
with art supplies and
a free cartoon wild-
life portrait by Dave
Horton starting at
11a.m . inside the free
Visitor & Education
Center. Select art gifts
will be 10 percent off
in the Nature Store.
Sharing Kiosk in the
center will allow visi-
tors to take “selfies” and “groupies” to immediately share on social media platforms.
“Conservation Art Day has grown into a day of wildlife art that pays homage to
the legacy of conservation art begun by the refuge’s namesake, Jay ‘Ding’ Darling,
a Pulitzer Prize-winning political cartoonist and the original duck stamp artist,” said
Geared toward families and art enthusiasts, the day will offer participants a num-
ber of free interactive nature-art activities including demos by master bird sculptor
Jim Sprankle and duck stamp artist John Brennan; a photography tram workshop
on Wildlife Drive, compliments of nature photographer Terry Baldwin and Tarpon
Bay Explorers (for first 30 signups that day); and a “Paint a Perry Tract Sand Dollar
Portrait” class with Painting with a Twist of Fort Myers for the first 20 children to sign
up that day.
The day’s full schedule is posted at www.dingdarlingdays.com.
The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, “Ding” Darling Wildlife Society-Friends of the
Refuge and Tarpon Bay Explorers co-host the event. The following sponsors make
“Ding” Darling Days possible: Roseate Spoonbill Sponsors: Doc’s Ford Sanibel Rum
Bar & Grille; Great Egret Sponsors: Wayne and Linda Boyd, George & Wendy’s
Seafood Grille; Great Blue Heron Sponsors: 97.7 Latino & Juan Radio, Arthur
Printing, Bailey’s General Store, Mike and Terry Baldwin, Bank of the Islands, Island
Sun, Jensen’s on the Gulf and Marina & Cottages, Jerry’s Foods, Mitchell’s Sand
Castles & Forty/Fifteen Resorts, Ocean’s Reach Condominiums, Sanibel Captiva
Community Bank, Sanibel Moorings, Spotlight Graphics, Sanibel-Captiva Beach
Resorts, Jim and Patty Sprankle; Reddish Egret Sponsors: Sarah Ashton and Jim
Metzler, Big Red Q Quickprint, Casa Ybel Resort, Sally & Rich Ennis, Florida Weekly,
Glen & Phyllis Gresham, Gulf Breeze Cottages, Painting with a Twist, Ed & Lynn
Ridlehoover, Sanibel-Captiva Kiwanis Club, Stewart and Sons Insurance, Inc., West
Wind Inn; Snowy Egret Sponsors: Barefoot Charley’s Painting Co., John Brennan,
Butterfly Estates, The Cedar Chest Fine Jewelry, Charlotte Harbor National Estuary
Program (CHNEP), Colony Inn, Jerry Edelman and Maryanne Daly, Grounds by
Green Ways, Dave Horton, Island Therapy Center, Over Easy Café, Sallie Rich,
Sanibel Art & Frame, Santiva Chronicle, She Sells Sea Shells, Winston and Barbara
Spurgeon , Suncatchers’ Dream, Tents ‘n’ Events.
To support DDWS and the refuge with a tax-deductible gift, visit www.dingdarling-
society.org or contact Birgie Miller at 292-0566, 472-1100 ext. 4 or dingdarlingsoci-
Professional bird sculptor Jim Sprankle will be demonstrating his art
New this year: Painting with a Twist of Fort Myers will conduct a
hands-on class for painting a sand dollar on canvas
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