CULTURE

Art show in aid of wildlife conservation

An exhibition by British artist Oenone Hammersley, fellow of the Royal Geographic Society, is to be opened on Monday at 8 p.m. by US Ambassador in Athens Charles Ries. The artist, who is married to the American diplomat Mark Hammersley, travels the world to help find resources for and raise public awareness about the importance of wildlife conservation. In each country she chooses a project and holds exhibitions related to the theme. Part of the proceeds are donated to animal welfare groups. In Greece, Hammersley has chosen «Archelon,» the Society for the Protection of Sea Turtles in Greece. Other projects have included tigers in India and a rare species of monkey in Nigeria. This latest exhibition, to be held at the Athens College by the college’s alumni association, is titled «Art and Music for Nature,» as the original idea was for the exhibit to be presented as an opera. Live music will be a feature of the opening, after which the exhibition will be open on weekdays from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. until May 12. A percentage of the proceeds will be donated to Archelon, which operates a small rescue center in Glyfada for sea turtles. Oenone, congratulations and many thanks on behalf of the Greek sea turtles.