See a photo of the raffle prize "The Beekeeper" at http://www.beecityusa.org/donate.html,
This raffle supports Bee City USA's mission of making the world safer for pollinators, one city at a time. Artist Sally Lesesne was so moved by the plight of the pollinators and the work of Bee City USA, that she offered to help by creating a special work of art to raise funds for Bee City USA.
Sally has been a professional painter for more than thirty years. A native of South Carolina, she studied at Converse College, the University of Tennessee, and at Oxford University in England under Joe Winkelman, then president of the Royal Society of Printers and Etchers. She has exhibited in the U.S. and England, and her work is in private, public, and corporate collections. She has taught at the Gibbs Art Gallery and Ashley Hall in Charleston, South Carolina. Her summers are spent traveling and painting "en plein-air." An annual family trip to an ancestral chateau in the Loire Valley in France is often partnered with trips to other locations; Provence, the Mediterranean, or Tuscany. She has also painted in the English Lake District, the Austrian Alps, and in China, as well as New England, Canada, the Bahamas, and the coast of the southeastern U.S.
This painting will be on display at the Asheville Bee Charmer in downtown Asheville, North Carolina, until the drawing on November 29, 2017 at Noon Eastern Time. (You do NOT need to to be present to win.)
Bee City USA is a national nonprofit organization based in Asheville, NC, that galvanizes communities to sustain pollinators by providing them with healthy habitat, rich in a variety of native plants and free to nearly free of pesticides. Since its founding in 2012, Bee City USA has certified more than 50 cities and 30 academic institutions across the nation. This work is driven by the knowledge that while 90% of wild plant species and 75% of crops rely on pollinators to reproduce and yield fruit, sadly, 40% of pollinator species are at risk of extinction due to the combination of multiple stressors—habitat loss, pesticides, poor nutrition, parasites, diseases and climate change. Each of us can provide healthy pollinator habitat to sustain pollinators, the planet and ourselves! For more information, visit www.beecityusa.org.