As a result of the generosity of artist and fellow bear aficionado, Michael Felber, you can enjoy this award-winning art. Make a single donation of $40 or more, or sign up for 12 monthly gifts, we will send you this beautiful print. 100% of the print proceeds go to BEARTREK's conservation work.
We first met Michael among the bears of Alaska several years ago. His drawings are truly incredible, and he is the loveliest man you can imagine. He began supporting BEARTREK by donating notecards featuring his beautiful 'Young Grizzly' drawing. And now he has taken his generosity even further. His way of giving back to the bears, as he says.
In Michael's words: "This is a colored pencil drawing of a dominant male brown bear that I spent some time observing 15 years ago, on two trips to Katmai National Park, two years apart. It was late in the day, and the sun was low and just happened to rake across the fur on his face in a beautiful way. This bear was about 20 years old and in his prime. He was so dominant that if we were observing any other bears, and this bear came along, the others bears all ran away. He was very relaxed because he was rarely challenged, but the wound on his cheek and the scar on his nose are evidence of his fights.
I call this drawing 'Grandfather' partly because Native Americans traditionally addressed the brown bear as Grandfather, as a sign of respect, and partly because he is a grandfather, and that makes people think about bears having families."
Enjoy this Beautiful Print
Become a monthly donor or give a single gift of $40 or more, below, and you may receive one of these beautiful prints. Each print order will include a copy of "The Story of Grandfather" by Brad Josephs and a note from Chris Morgan. Read them here. When you donate, please add a message indicating the number of prints you wish to receive and the mailing address for those prints - thank you. Prints will be mailed out within 5-7 business days after receipt of donation and mailing address.
Michael J. Felber was born in London in 1946, and received an MFA in printmaking from the San Francisco Art Institute in 1972. He was a master printer of etchings for the Ruth Leaf workshop and the Bob Blackburn workshop in New York City, and he taught printmaking at the University of California at Santa Cruz, Hartnell College, and the San Francisco Museum of Art. After the printmaking chemicals made him ill, he retrained, and worked as an animator for the Flintstones T.V. show, for the feature film: The Plague Dogs, and for animated commercials. Felber then turned to illustration, drawing animals and insects for books, posters, t-shirts, and magazines.
He has exhibited extensively in museums and universities in the U.S. and Europe, including the Smithsonian Institution, The Oakland Museum, the New York State Museum, the Arizona Sonora Desert Museum, the Denver Museum of Natural History, and The Los Angeles Natural History Museum. Felber has received many awards, and his work is in the permanent collection of North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, the University of Dallas, the Norton Museum, Hartnell College, and the Permanent Graphics Collection of the Honolulu Academy of Arts.
Michael is currently working with oil paints and lives in Port Townsend, WA with his wife Karen Hackenberg, who is an artist with a deep concern for animals and our natural environment.
'Grandfather' was awarded a prestigious jury award
at the international exhibition Focus On Nature XIII
Print size 17" x 19"
Printed on 100% recycled paper using fade-resistant inks.
Each print is the same size as the original art.
Michael delivered his prints personally to our office in Bellingham.
It was a wonderful visit and such a nice example of how help pours in from many directions, in many forms when you have a just cause and good people involved. He told us that he spent more time on this drawing than any he's ever done - the detail in the image is incredible.
THANK YOU MICHAEL!
With a single donation of $40 or more or 12 monthly gifts, you may receive one of these beautiful prints. When you donate, please add a message indicating the number of prints you wish to receive and the mailing address for those prints - thank you. Prints will be mailed out within 5-7 business days after receipt of donation and mailing address.
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