Description This painting is part of a series called 'Animals in our World' that talks about animal rights. 'Ben' is a painting based on a sow that was rescued from a factory farm by Animal Acres, located in Acton, California. Animals raised and used for meat or other bodily products receive less legal protection than any other animals in the country. They are therefore subject to some of the most horrific neglect and abuses that this country sees on a second to second basis.
Michele Vavonese, Long Beach Member Since September 2008 Artist Statement Michele Vavonese is a professional artist and art educator who was born in Syracuse, New York. She currently lives and operates her art based business called the Michele Vavonese Studio in Long Beach, CA. Here she creates originals, portraits and commissioned art works for sale to public and private clientele.
She has shown and coordinated exhibits across the country in places such as New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles. She's gained international recognition through various juried online art shows and competitions along with being a published artist and designer who has various pieces in private and public collections.
Michele has been teaching art to students at all levels and backgrounds, ages four to seventy-four for over 15 years.
In 1994 Michele received an M.F.A., graduating Magna Cum Laude from Rochester Institute of Technology and previously in 1992, with a B.F.A. with honors from State University of New York at Oswego.
Other professional honors include: receiving the 2006 Citizen Community Leadership Award from Long Beach's Eighth District Council Member Rae Gabelich, Site Advisory Board Member of Jamuse.com and member of the Alumni Board of Directors; California Division for Rochester Institute of Technology (1995 ~ present).
Michele currently resides in Long Beach with husband and daughter.
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