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Bee Blessed

Bee Art, Galerie Faszination Art, Hamburg, Germany. May 2014.

Petra Rau and Karsten Peters of Galerie Faszination Art. Bee Art, Galerie Faszination Art, Hamburg, Germany. May 2014.

Remember that blue Carpenter bee I painted? He is happily hanging in Hamburg among a handsome horde.

Petra Rau posted these photos and has generously let me share them with all of you. I am so grateful to her for the opportunity to see the show.

From the Faszination Art Gallery website:

International Art Exhibition and aid for bees. “Bee Art” was initiated by artist Petra Rau. What started as an appeal for artistic action to protect the bees in social networks, turned into a collaboration with the Hamburg  gallery Faszination Art. Petra soon had the participation of more than 35 international artists.

Roughly 80 diverse works of art in various mediums including drawing, painting, printing on paper, canvas, wood, plastics and glass art.  The opening reception was Thursday, May 08 2014. The show runs through May 28th. Numerous exhibits were donated by artists to aid in bee protection.

“Bee Art” is part of the project “Hamburg-hums!” with patron Daniela Schadt supporting. In cooperation with “Hamburg-hums!” are activities that have been developed in conjunction with the exhibition. Included are a concert, raffle, and honey sales.

Why So Much Attention For Bees?

Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) is a serious problem threatening honey bee health and the economic stability of commercial beekeeping and pollination operations worldwide. The cause of CCD has yet to be determined.

Bees pollinate 80 percent of our flowering crops, this is about 1/3 of everything we eat. Losing them would affect dietary staples such as apples, broccoli, berries, nuts, asparagus, and cucumbers. Beef and dairy industries could also be threatened if alfalfa is not available for feed.

On December 1, 2013 the European Commission (EC) imposed a two-year ban on a class of pesticides known as neonicotinoids, now the world’s most widely used type of insecticide. Neonicotinoids are one of the leading suspected causes of colony collapse disorder. The EC action will restrict the use of three major neonicitinoids on seeds and plants attractive to bees, as well as grains.

The U.S. has fallen behind in their commitment to protect bee populations. The U.S. EPA still won’t follow Europe’s lead and suspend or ban the use of neonicotinoid pesticides. They have however, awarded $460,000 in funding for research into integrated pest management.

Learn more about what you can do to help bees survive. Just for fun, take a look at these amazing photos of bees. Share if you care!



Carpenter Bee, Completed

I am late in posting this, it was completed a few days ago. I have debated on adding to the background. This is for a possible show in Germany, on Bees. I will keep you posted.

I had watched a Ted talk on Bees, and then the art of Petra Rau found me. Funny how things work. Her art is really beautiful. She is working on a project to bring more attention to Bees, their decline in numbers through out the world, and why we all need to be more active in helping them to survive.

Carpenter Bee, watercolor on 140 lb. cold press paper. © 2013 Sheila Delgado

Carpenter Bee, watercolor on 140 lb. cold press paper. © 2013 Sheila Delgado, 6 x 6

Here is a closer view for you.

Carpenter Bee close


Carpenter bees make their nests by tunneling into wood. Each nest has a single entrance which may have many neighboring tunnels. The entrance is often a perfectly circular hole on the underside of a beam, bench, or tree limb. Carpenter bees do not eat wood. They discard the bits of wood, and use some of the wood to build partitions between cells. The tunnel functions as a nursery, and for food storage. The blue Carpenter Bee is native to Malaysia.

If you read my earlier post, you know that it was a struggle for me to get started. I had so much fun painting this, that I have several ideas for more pieces. The background on this did not turn out quite the way I envisioned. But I am really attached to my true blue bee.

Hope you like her too!