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New Exhibit in Heron Hall


"Conservation in Biodiversity"
Photography by Joshua Asel

On display January 15 April 29, 2022

In response to the prevalence of the COVID-19 Omicron variant, the opening reception for this show is on hold and will be announced soon.

Since 2012, Joshua Asel has been working as an advocate to create visual communication stories that cover Threatened, Endangered, keystone, and bellwether species. California Condors, rare marine mammals, and coastal landscapes are all part of this small cross-section of Joshua's larger volume of internationally-recognized photographic work. All of the wildlife featured are benefactors of successful conservation efforts.

Artist Statement


In the same way water gets mixed into dry cement to make it concrete, ethics need to be mixed into nature photography to make it metaphorically concrete. Ethics are now an essential part of the modern-day nature photographer's toolkit. Following good standards makes us better photographers, better lovers of nature, and increases the quality of life in our photos and especially for our furry, feathered, or scaley subjects. The unyielding pressures of human expansion on wildlife are horrific enough without nature photographers making bad decisions that will directly, negatively affect the lives of wild individuals. Artists are responsible for their creations. With that being said, we need to stay up-to-date on ethical practices so we can show respect to a beautiful, magical world full of wonder to which the fate of humans is directly tied.

About the Artist



Joshua Asel is an award-winning photographer and certified Marine Ecology Naturalist with a photographic emphasis on coastal and marine habitats. He was recently accepted into the prestigious International League of Conservation Photographers, signed to Hakai Magazine as a photographer and writer, and is sponsored by Nikon USA. His awards include the 2016 California Wildlife Photographer of the Year and Top 20 in the 2019 NANPA (North American) Showcase. Joshua's publications also include National Geographic, Defenders of Wildlife, Alaska Airlines Magazine, The Press Democrat, and several scholarly articles, among others.

In the not-so-distant past, Joshua was focused on a career in fine art painting and illustration, but dropped out of college and switched to wildlife photography literally overnight after discovering his true calling. Soon after, he discovered that he could do more for wildlife through education, so created Wild Expectations Environmental Conservation, which focused on imagery and stories about wildlife conservation in California. Today, the organization is being renovated into the Wildlife Conservation Fellowship; a multi-tiered system that helps create or expand national parks, fundraises for wildlife conservation orgs, and adds a new professional networking system concept-all geared towards global application.

Currently, Joshua is also working on two stories within the Monterey Marine Sanctuary, and recently, returned from a campaign with Sea Shepherd to survey the population of the world's rarest marine mammal, the vaquita porpoise.

See more of Joshua Asel's work at: www.joshasel.com

Our gallery is open by appointment every Friday from 9am-noon.
Please schedule an appointment by contacting Maggie Hart.

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Heron Hall Art Gallery

If you are interested in exhibiting and selling your artwork in Heron Hall, please read through Artist Parameters & Application. We will contact you as soon as possible after we receive your application. If your application is accepted, we will complete an Artist Agreement similar to this SAMPLE. Please note, our next available opening is Spring 2023. Thanks for your interest!

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Past Exhibiting Artists

Click on the artist's name to visit their website.

Ane Carla Rovetta Jerry Dodrill
Angela Zocco Sturr Julianne Sooly
Art Workshop of Western Sonoma County Lucy Martin
Brenda Tharp Marge Mount
David Strauss Molly Eckler
Diana Majumdar Nina Antze
Don Jackson Pointless Sisters Quilted Fiber Arts
Donna De La Briandais Richard McDaniel
Faith Rumm Rik Olson
Green Greenwald Stacey Schuett
James Reynolds Susan Ball
Watercolor Artists of Sonoma County

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For more information, contact Maggie Hart, Outreach Manager
by email at MaggieHart@LagunaFoundation.org

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