I drew it a few years ago, hoping a friend of mine would want to use it as the logo for the chimpanzee sanctuary he was about to start...one day I just blurted out, "I dreamed your logo last night...can I draw it?" and fortunately for me, he indulged me, and it is their logo.
Chimpanzee Sanctuary Northwest is an amazing organization. Since this past June, it has been home for 7 beautiful souls who suffered in captivity in labs for most of their lives. You may have seen their story on ABC News with Charlie Gibson last month.
I admit, even when I don't have time to keep up with my friends' art blogs, I start every day peeking at the chimps' blog to see pictures and videos of the "Cle Elum Seven" as they are now called. In a few short months the changes in their appearance and demeanor has changed dramatically; now in a home where they are finally able to nest, play, swing, see the sunshine for the first time, their true personalities are blossoming. And that deep, intelligent look in their eyes...where before there was pain and fear, you can now see peace. It's so cool.
I hope you check out their website and blog to see what great work they're doing, there are all sorts of links and info and cool stuff...and if you are able to consider making a donation there are many different ways to do so. There are fun and cool fundraisers and "Shop for a Cause" where all you have to do is shop (how hard is that, you were already going to, right?) and a portion of the profits will go to CSNW. And they just started a pretty neato thing called the Chimpanzee Pal program, where you can make a donation (spread out into several payments throughout the year if you like) and you'll receive a magnetic-framed photo of your chosen chimp, postcards to share, and a certificate...what a great gift idea.
These amazing creatures, our closest cousins, are wise...just look into those eyes.