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Painting the Blues - Blue Iguana Recovery Program Blue Iguana Recovery Program

Painting the Blues

Jan 11th, 2007 | By | Category: Blues in the Local Press

By Joanna Lewis, joanna@cfp.ky
Thursday, 11th January, 2007
A regular visitor to Cayman has been helping draw attention to the plight of the Blues through art.

Blue Iguana

Blue Iguana, acrylic on paper, by journalist and artist Georgina Kenyon. Photo: Submitted

Australian–born artist and business journalist Georgina Kenyon has been helping raise awareness of the National Trust’s Blue Iguana Recovery Programme, since she started visiting Cayman a couple of years ago.

During her last trip in December she covered as a journalist some 100 juvenile Blue Iguanas, which were released into the Salina Reserve, an inland area in north–eastern Grand Cayman.

She visited Cayman last December, where she covered as a journalist the release of some 100, one and two–year–old, Blue Iguanas into the Salina Reserve.

Her articles on the programme have been printed in New Scientist Magazine and BBC News Online, bringing international attention to the endangered species.

Inspired by their release into the wild and the flora and fauna of Cayman, she has also painted a series of artworks highlighting the Blues, along with other scenes from around Cayman.

“I became interested in Cayman after I attended a hedge fund conference and the law firm Walker’s had a table with blue iguana toys on it,” Ms Kenyon said.

“At the time I was rather weary of writing about business and wanted to use my journalism or artistic background for a good cause.

“When I first visited Cayman in October 2005, I arranged to visit the iguanas. They were symbolic to me of the unique quality of the Cayman Islands,” she said.

“Since visiting Cayman I haven’t been able to forget the place, especially the natural beauty, the endemic flora and fauna and the extraordinary weather and light, all the elements that painters dream of.”

Ms Kenyon exhibits her work regularly in Italy, London and Australia. She plans to return to Cayman early this year to continue highlighting the plight of the Blues.

The Blue Iguana is Grand Cayman’s largest native land animal. A dragon–like blue lizard, it grows to over five feet long.

Visit www.blueiguana.ky to find out more about the programme.

http://www.caycompass.com/cgi-bin/CFPnews.cgi?ID=1019191

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