Come visit a world where the fine artistry of cinema meets the call of the wild. Nestled in Seaside, Florida, is an art exhibition that is sure to delight, educate, and inspire. The Paper Bear has partnered with The Seaside Institute to curate a breathtaking fine art gallery called "The Black Bears of 30A." This gallery, however, has a twist – it’s a collection of stunning stills from our upcoming feature film that takes viewers on a journey into the lives of the majestic black bears that are native to the region.
After years of scouting and tracking the Florida black bear in its natural habitat, the director of the film, Arix Zalace, spent countless hours capturing these elusive creatures on camera, resulting in a deep and authentic exploration of their lives. These stills, carefully selected from thousands of hours of footage, have been brought together to offer an exclusive sneak peek into the upcoming film and the lives of black bears.
As you walk through the gallery, you'll be struck by the vivid authenticity and the raw, unfiltered beauty of these captured moments. Each frame tells a story, and each story is a small window into the heart of the Florida Panhandle’s biodiversity, which connects every facet of the region's extraordinary ecology.
One of the larger centerpieces of the exhibition is an image titled "Beach Day." This still captures a mother bear and her cub on the iconic dunes of 30A. It's an intimate moment that helps show how close more natural wonders are just off the popular emerald coast that most are unaware exist.
Another standout image, titled "Hunting Acorns," highlights a young cub watching his mother teach him how to hunt acorns from the oak trees. The poignant beauty of this piece lies in its underlying message - a reminder of the enchanting things that can be found in the state parks and surrounding woods just off the 30A beaches.
But the gallery doesn’t stop at showcasing these beautiful images. The visitor experience is enhanced by a series of short videos and trailers that explain more about The Paper Bear project and the upcoming feature film. Visitors can learn about the lengthy production process, delve into other fascinating historical facts, and understand the delicate ecosystems they inhabit.
The Paper Bear's mission is reflected through every frame on display, which is to shed light on the immense biodiversity of the Florida Panhandle through the lives of the majestic black bears. These striking visuals not only remind us of the beauty of nature, but also our role and responsibility in its preservation. Each art piece is for sale, and every purchase goes to support the production of the feature film. If you are unable to visit the gallery, you can also make a purchase online, and we can ship one to your doorstep.
So, if you're planning a visit to Seaside, Florida, be sure not to miss this extraordinary gallery. This partnership with the Seaside Institute has created more than an art exhibition; it's a narrative of life in the wild, a testament to the resilience of nature, and a preview of a film that promises to take the audience on an unforgettable journey into the world of the Florida black bear. Be prepared to leave with a newfound appreciation for the natural world around 30A and a desire to become an advocate for its protection.
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168 Smolian Circle, Seaside FL
Open Mon - Fri, 9 AM - 4 PM, June 26 - July 31