November 8th, 2008 through January 4th, 2009
Changing Exhibitions Gallery, Second Floor
Springfield Science Museum
The Giant Panda is one of the world's most adored and protected rare animals. This exhibition showcases a selection of panda-inspired fine art and collectibles from the collection of Longmeadow resident Larry Starr, including photographs, watercolors, cloisonné, wood carvings, hand-painted silk, porcelain and glass pieces and more. Featured artists include Eric Carle, Walter Lantz, Cris Hoy, Tom Laury, John Seerey-Lester, Robert Bateman, Lucy Wang, Julieta Jones and Jiang, the father of the Yunnan School.
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The exhibition also explores the plight of the Giant Panda, a highly threatened endangered species native to the mountains of central China. Today, there are only about 1,600 pandas left in the world.