Artists give RM12,000 to green cause

(From Left) Lee, Goh, Alan Teh and CK Teh at the cheque handing-over ceremony recently.

MALAYSIAN Nature Society (MNS) has received a RM12,000 boost from the efforts of seven talented Malaysian artists who contributed their works for a charity art exhibition.

Held in collaboration with Atelier Art Space, the Nada Rimba charity art exhibition featured talented Malaysian artists from diverse backgrounds who showcased their passion for the flora and fauna in this region.

The works of the artists – Shaperel Salleh, CK Teh, Jeremy Lee, Jeffrey Khoo, Gim Ghe, Nicholas Chong and Yew Souf – ranged from watercolours, oils and pastels to graphite, acrylic and sculptures that were displayed at Atelier Art Space, which offers a platform for emerging artists.

“Our collaboration with MNS was to raise more awareness on what it has been doing for nature conservation as well as help raise funds for it,” said Atelier Art Space curator Alan Teh.

Of the 30 pieces exhibited during Nada Rimba, half were sold for a total of RM40,000 of which Atelier Art Space had pledged 20 percent or RM8,000 and it added an extra pledge of 10 percent or RM4,000 which came to a total of RM12,000 for MNS.

“The artists are very happy for the opportunity to contribute for the good of the natural environment and wildlife conservation and not just to pursue art as an individual discourse.

“For the gallery, we received very good responses from the general public, with some collectors buying their first piece of painting from the Nada Rimba exhibition,” said Teh.

Having celebrated its 75th anniversary in 2015, MNS vision is for Malaysia’s natural heritage and rich biological diversity to be effectively protected, managed and conserved for the benefit and appreciation of all Malaysians.

“Our mission is to promote the conservation of Malaysia’s natural heritage. We are very thankful that the artists who participated in Nada Rimba know nature well as we could see from their works, and the funds raised will be put to good use running our many conservation activities,” said MNS presidentHenry Goh.

He added that loss of wildlife habitat due to deforestation for development or for mono-crop plantations such as oil palm and rubber have significantly reduced the forest landscape which large animals like the Malayan Tiger, Asian Elephant, Banteng and Tapir, which are now classified as critically endangered.

“The reduction of the primary forest cover also makes them more vulnerable to poaching. Enhancing the commitment and more concerted efforts by the authorities to stop this decline is key. Greater engagement with civil society organisations, local communities and the general public is urgently required to ensure that the remaining wildlife will have a better chance at survival before they become extinct like the Sumatran Rhino,” added Goh.

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