The Darien Nature Center invites artists and animal lovers alike to view an exhibit, continuing through April 25, featuring the watercolors of wildlife and conservation artist Alison Nicholls.

The opening reception for "Lions, Livestock and Living Walls" will take place from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday, April 21, in the nature center's main gallery, 120 Brookside Road. Refreshments will be served.

The special guest will be Laly Lichtenfeld, founder of the African People & Wildlife Fund.

The collection of work is from Nicholls' visit to the African People & Wildlife Fund in northern Tanzania.

While there, she sketched the people, wildlife and landscapes of the Maasai Steppe and learned more about conservation issues in the area.

The exhibit showcases Nicholls' field sketches and studio paintings. Details of APW's successful work with local communities to reduce human-wildlife conflict and conserve predators will also be discussed in a short slide show at 4 p.m.

Nicholls is a member of Artists for Conservation, the Society of Animal Artists, the Explorers Club and the Salmagundi Club. She lectures about art and Africa, works closely with African conservation projects, and guides art safaris on behalf of Africa Geographic magazine.

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Twenty percent of exhibit sales will be donated to APW and 10 percent to Darien Nature Center.

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