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Tuesday, August 4, 2015

A nice letter supporting Arader Auctions from the Catesby Commemorative Trust

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Jan Stanley 
Date: Tue, Aug 4, 2015 at 3:28 PM
Subject: Catesby Trust - FYI
To: graham arader <grahamarader@gmail.com>
Cc: David Elliott 

​Good afternoon Mr. Arader,

I am sending you an FYI copy (below) of the email we just sent to numerous Catesby book buyers and enthusiasts just checking to see if they'd like to have a catalog.  We'll be back in touch with you with those who respond as well as several other names and mailing addresses Dave has for people who should receive one.


Many thanks for purchasing a copy of The Curious Mister Catesby. We hope you have enjoyed it.

This message describes an opportunity for you both to help the Catesby Commemorative Trust continue its work and to acquire some natural history artwork, including Catesby etchings.

The Trust exists to "Inspire respect for early naturalist explorers and ensure conservation of their work, as well as the plants, animals and habitat they studied, through education and research."

Projects currently under active development include:

-              The first ever full-color, full-size facsimile edition of Catesby's Natural History, including commentary by the Smithsonian's  expert Leslie Overstreet. 

-              A book on the environmental status of 30 of Catesby's species. With beautiful paintings by his professional illustrator wife, it's by a U. Connecticut Emeritus Professor of Ornithology. It's almost ready to submit to UGa Press, which has expressed interest in it.

-              A scheduled meeting with the Dean of the School of Education at the College of Charleston on Catesby-related educational projects.

-              The California Academy of Sciences plans a meeting with CCT in August for developing programs about the environmental exploration of California. 

As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, the Trust is fully dependent on voluntary support - and the following describes an easy way to provide some.

Nationally-known art dealer Arader Galleries donates 20% of the hammer price of artwork sold in his auctions to educational institutions designated by the buyer.  There is no additional expense to the buyer.  His most recent auction netted over $340,000 to educational institutions.  The Catesby Commemorative Trust is a new addition to his program, and will be identified in the catalog for his next auction.  We've been advised that it will include a significant amount of Catesby artwork.

If you would like to receive a catalog (there's no obligation involved), please let me know.  If you're potentially interested in acquiring some natural history artwork - and concurrently helping the Trust achieve its goals cost free, this could be a good approach.

And if you have any questions, please let me know.

With best regards.

David J. Elliott, FLS
Executive Director, Catesby Commemorative Trust
41 Wappoo Creek Place
Charleston SC 29412

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