Back to Africa

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In the summer of 2015, Laurel was invited to participate in a safari to Namibia. This enabled her to experience the San Bushman culture from hunting and making fire the ancient way with the men to working alongside the women as they created disk-shaped beads of ostrich egg shells, then incorporated the results into their artfully-crafted jewelry.

Her Namibia experience rose from Laurel’s desire to understand how what we term “primitive” cultures use and speak through their art, and why they seek to do so. She seeks to understand the mind of the ancients through the art they left behind.
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Prior to her visit to Namibia, Laurel had thought that the apparent distortions in the local rock art paintings reflected the way the Bush people at the time wore their hair or a headdress of some sort. But during an early evening walk through the Namibian bush lands with two of the local men, Laurel began to think differently about this. “The sun was low in the horizon as July is their winter,” Laurel explains. “It cast elongated and distorted shadows of the two men as they walked across the coarse, light colored soil. These distortions affected the look of the small flap of fur worn over their buttocks as well as the A029_C014_0702IPshadow-shape of their heads. I realized that what I had thought was a strangely shaped head in the pictures was actually a highly-accurate reflection of what the artists had observed—what he saw in his own shadow.” This realization changed Laurel’s perspective on the many paintings she saw at first hand in Namibia.

Attending the Annual NRA Meeting Lousiville KY

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May 20th, 2016 to May 22nd, 2016  

Friday, May 20th, 2016 NRA The Women’s Leadership Forum Luncheon  
(Donation of original art piece to auction following lunch)

Friday, May 20th, 2016 NRA/ILA Leadership Forum Dinner  
(Donation of original art piece to auction following dinner)

Safari Club International Booth 3168 – Las Vegas NV

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February 3rd, 2016 to February 6th, 2016  

Wild Sheep Foundation Booth 456 – Reno NV

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January 21st, 2016 to January 23rd, 2016  

Houston Safari Club Booth 17 – Houston TX

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January 15th, 2016 to January 17th, 2016 

Dallas Safari Club Booth 1926 – Dallas TX

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January 7th, 2016 to January 10th, 2016  

2016 Artist of the Year Selected

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DSC (Dallas Safari Club) has announced that Laurel Barbieri, a longtime exhibitor, will be the Artist of the Year for Conservation, DSC’s 2016 convention and exposition.

This title given to outstanding wildlife artists who exhibit dedication to conservation, outdoor education and hunting. Typically, these are seasoned, multi-talented wildlife artists who have been exhibiting with DSC for years, and who have supported DSC’s missions and programs with their donations.

The honor includes special promotion for the artist during the show as well as the cover of the Convention issue of Game TrailsMagazine.

An accomplished artist, Laurel is known for her one-of-a-kind “Relief Sculptures”, which bring together the unique art medium she has developed and the organic shapes, colors, and textures she experienced during her formative years. By translating the concept of a carved bas relief into multi-media on Masonite and bringing it alive with acrylics, Laurel has created exquisite works that are heavily textured, filled with movement, and richly colored.

Link to article 

Dallas Safari Club – 2016 Featured Artist of the Year

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We are proud to announce that Laurel Barbieri is the Dallas Safari Club’s 2016 Featured Artist of the Year. Joining a long tradition of amazing artists.