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Animals are Wild - Centennial Citizen

‘Animals Are Wild’ exhibit in Denver

The Highlands Ranch Herald
Reprinted with permission from:
Centennial Citizen
Littleton Independent
Englewood Herald

By: Sonya Ellingboe, Staff Writer

Last September, Littleton painter/environmentalist Francesca Owens trucked her vibrant “Animals Are Wild” series of paintings southwest and held an exhibition on Canyon Road in Santa Fe, N.M., but there hasn’t been a showing closer to home.

During the month of February, Owens’ striking portraits of wild animals—tigers, lions, zebras and more—will be exhibited at the Wilson Adams Gallery in the Golden triangle, Denver. An opening reception will be 5 to 9 p.m. First Friday, Feb 3.

Owens’ paintings are featured through the Save the Tiger Program of the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation in Washington, D.C.,
Its web site explains that 100 years ago there were eight different kinds of tigers (subspecies) and more that 10,000 wild tigers in the world.

Today, there are only five subspecies and less than 7,0000 wild tigers in the world because of poaching, loss of habitat and population fragmentation.

Owens is passionate about trying to support those that remain.
The models for the big cats she paints were supplied by Big Cats of Serenity Springs in Calhan, Colorado, a refuge for animals which need a home, including Mike Tyson’s former per tigers. She wants people to understand why the animals end up in the shelter they are not appropriate as pets. For more information about Owens’ art on the web,


The Wilson Adams Gallery
is at 1307 South Bannock Street,
Just south of the Denver Art
303– 825-0950.



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