An exhibition of photographs by Sharon Vitali
Curated with collaborations by Elizabeth Buchanan

4 – 31 March 2011

Lenz Studio
2114 West Belmont
Chicago 60618
773 929 1234

This exhibition is dedicated to the protection of natural areas, two of which are depicted in these photographs.

Moriah Harbour Cay, a Marine Protected Area and an important island site in the Bahamas National Park System, is part of the ecosystem of the Exuma Cays, a pearl necklace of 365 small islands in the Central Bahamas.

Moriah lies exactly on the Tropic of Cancer (23° 26′ 16″ north of the Equator). It encompasses pristine beaches, sand dunes, mangrove creeks, sea grass beds and live coral reefs.

El Charco del Ingenio is an ecological preservation zone of San Miguel de Allende in the central highlands of Guanajuato, Mexico (21° north of the Equator). A unique 167-acre area of great biodiversity, its name comes from a spring-fed pool nestled in an impressive canyon, which popular legend has interwoven with spirits and myths dating from the Spanish conquest. Because of the site’s unusual topography, many different species of native plants and animals find their niches in the three distinct zones: the canyon, the wetlands and the dry scrubland.

El Charco includes a Zone of Rescued Plants made up of cacti and other succulent Mexican plants, many of which are rare, threatened or in danger of extinction.

Ten percent of the proceeds of this exhibition, in addition to anything you choose to contribute, will be sent to help preserve these two extraordinary places.

The Exuma Foundation

El Charco del Ingenio

[Note from Sharon: this announcement is housed on my husband’s site because my website is not yet ready. For more information on Microtropic or these places, please email me.]