This is the fifth and final part of a series profiling Naples’ Call of Africa’s Native Visions Gallery on trendy Fifth Avenue South. Click here for part one, here for part two, here for part three and here for part four of the series.
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Gallery Director. Nicola Bunnett serves as director and Fine Art Consultant in the Naples location.
Adjunct Services. The gallery’s fine art consultants not only assist collectors in finding and acquiring works of art by emerging artists, established masters and decorative pieces for their homes and offices, they provide guidance and expertise in custom framing, hanging and lighting all acquisitions.
- In evolving Native Visions Gallery, owner Ross Parker was inspired by London’s Bury Street Tryon Gallery, the oldest hunting and wildlife gallery in the world. But Parker has given his iteration a contemporary angle in order to broaden its appeal in the south Florida art market.
- “We still have a lot of evolving to do in order to adapt to the market,” owner Ross Parker acknowledges.
- “We’ll never break from what we carry, but we may become a little more contemporary.” Parker predicts.
- The gallery was first established in Boca Raton in 1987.
- The galleries’ corporate headquarters are also located in Fort Lauderdale. It offices are at 920 NE 13th Street, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304.
- The galleries’ logo is “At Native Visions, our vision is on you.”
- In March of 2010, Ross and Kirsten Parker hosted a fundraising event to benefit the Elephant Adoption Program run by the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust in Kenya’s giant Tsavo East National Park.
- On March 23, 2005, Dr. Jane Goodall was guest of honor at an art exhibition at Call of Africa’s Native Visions Gallery in Fort Lauderdale held to benefit The Jane Goodall Institute for Wildlife Research, Education and Conservation. Renowned for her behaviorial research on chimpanzees in Africa, Dr. Goodall’s observations radically changed the scientific belief that only humans had ever made and used tools. Today, Dr. Goodall’s organization continues her work with primates while providing funds for education, conservation and other wildlife research. A number of artists represented by Native Visions flew in from Africa to attend the event, including Mopho Gonde, James Tandi, John Seery-Lester, Loet Vanderveen, David Langmead, Kim Donaldson, Lindsay Scott, Tony Forrest, Shirley Greene, Jean Abrie and Claire Naylor.