November 02, 2007 16:02 ET

Great Gifts Give Back to Conservation Groups

Natural History Artwork From Audubon, Bierstadt and Other Great Artists Launches Holiday Gift Campaign to Support Nonprofit Partners of

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - November 2, 2007) - Historic artwork of the natural world as seen by its discoverers and greatest painters will be sold to raise funds for the nonprofit partners of in a special holiday gift campaign launched today.

Perfect Recreations™ of legendary original works by Audubon, Bierstadt and others are specially offered for holiday gift giving at 30% off regular pricing. Sales benefit The Nature Conservancy, The Trust for Public Land, Blue Ocean Institute, The Municipal Art Society of New York and Joslyn Art Museum -- to support their work to save our lands, oceans and historical heritage.

"Perfect Recreation" is the proprietary process Discovery Editions innovated to perfectly re-create beautiful and historically significant "works on paper." Original watercolors and engravings are scanned with unprecedented high resolution and then printed with archival watercolors on archival papers. This process yields reproduction artworks that are indistinguishable from the legendary originals.

"The art of Audubon and other natural history artists has escalated dramatically in the last decade," said Richard Sandhaus, founder and CEO of "Our Perfect Recreations make the experience of this art affordably available to the many who love it; and, they generate a revenue stream for nonprofit organizations with missions to conserve and preserve our natural and cultural resources. The great artworks we've selected are timeless and fit right into today's home design trends."

Sandhaus cited a recent example of an original Audubon sold at auction for more than $300,000. By contrast, the Perfect Recreation of Audubon's "Great Blue Heron" sells for just $940 in this specially discounted collection.

Bierstadt's c. 1870 Domes of Yosemite is a spectacular reminder why Yosemite was the first scenic land ever conserved for the enjoyment of the people. Purchases support The Trust for Public Land. Regular price $1,250. Holiday price $875.

The Great Blue Heron (1831) is Audubon's iconic masterpiece. Today it thrives in South Carolina in The Nature Conservancy's Washo Reserve. Purchases support The Nature Conservancy. Regular price $1,400. Holiday price $980.

The Hawks-bill Turtle was abundant when it was painted by Catesby c. 1730. Today, it's starting to re-establish nesting grounds after centuries of exploitation of its beautiful shell. Purchases support Blue Ocean Institute. Regular price $950. Holiday price $665.

New York's Central Park was a decade from completion when this 1865 "work-in-progress" map was drawn by its designers, Olmsted & Vaux. Purchases support The Municipal Art Society of New York. Regular price $900. Holiday price $630.

Pehriska-Ruhpa ("The Dog Dancer") is the iconic image of the American Indian. Bodmer painted him in 1834, the last time the American West and its indigenous people were seen in their natural state. Purchases support Joslyn Art Museum. Regular price $895. Holiday price $628.

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