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Larry Foster Upcoming Book Signing – March 18, 2023

On March 18, visit Fort Bragg’s Noyo Center for Marine Science’s Discovery Center, 338 N. Main Street, for a book signing event – Larry Foster and his award-winning book The Art of Discovering Whales. All proceeds go to the Noyo Center for Marine Science.

Fort Bragg Whale Festival March 11-19, 2023

Larry Foster’s The Art of Discovering Whales Receives Multiple Book Awards

We are pleased to announce that The Art of Discovering Whales by Larry Foster has received multiple book awards:

Nautilus Book Award

2022 Silver – Category: Photography and Art

Eric Hoffer Book Awards

Finalist – 2022 da Vinci Eye Award

Awarded to books with superior cover artwork.

Honorable Mention – 2022 Eric Hoffer Award – Category: Art

The Art of Discovering Whales, Larry Foster, Whales Only Press – The book is a comprehensive study and immaculately depicted look at whales, their genera, species, anatomy, history, evolution, habits, and habitats. With works in many mediums that include oil, colored pencil, ink, watercolor, tempera, stained glass, bronze, cement, and life-size renditions, Foster has created a sort of whale awareness that goes beyond scientific instruction. Starting at a very young age, with his first drawing of a whale in kindergarten, the artist has generated the world’s largest collection of whale images. He gives us a unique whale’s eye view into the lives of these magnificent creatures, with associated commentary.”

Judges Commentary, Eric Hoffer Book Award

Watch Larry Foster’s Zoom Presentation for the American Cetacean Society Monterey Bay Chapter (ACSMB) Online Meeting

September 2021 – Whale illustrator Larry Foster presented his views and experiences on the art of discovering whales for the American Cetacean Society – Monterey Bay Chapter (ACSMB). Larry’s presentation includes over 70 color slides of original artwork (past and current), his iconic whale charts and an in-depth look at the creation of his two life-size whale sculptures. Watch it here. Larry added, “It’s a pleasure to give this presentation for my good friends at the American Cetacean Society. Kids are gonna love this.”

Larry Foster posing with his oil painting “Breaching Humpback.”

ebook Launch – The Art of Discovering Whales

September 2021 – The Art of Discovering Whales by Larry Foster is now available in an ebook version on Amazon Kindle for digital platform readers. And stay tuned – other platforms such as Barnes & Noble Nook, Apple ibook, etc., will be available in December.

Whale Artist Larry Foster Donates Art Book to Fort Bragg Library

Fort Bragg Head Librarian Dan Hess (right) accepting a book donation of The Art of Discovering Whales from whale artist Larry Foster. Also pictured is a beautiful whale quilt by local resident Carole Poma.

April 13, 2021 – Larry and Mary Foster donated a copy of their new book, The Art of Discovering Whales, to the Fort Bragg Library in Fort Bragg, California – the first U.S. public library to add this publication to its circulation. This beautiful and fun whale book was produced and self-published by Larry Foster and his wife Mary, residents of Fort Bragg. It should be noted that the book is a product of all things and businesses in Fort Bragg – Cypress House as editor and distributor, Braggadoon as Graphics Designer and Mendo Litho for various pre-publication processing. Every library can never have too many books to celebrate whales. Encourage your public library to consider adding it to its circulation.

Notable Quotes:
The Art of Discovering Whales

“Larry has turned whale illustration into a science. His depictions are the most anatomically correct I’ve seen. If you want to know what whales really look like, talk to Larry Foster.” —Dr. James Mead, Curator Emeritus of Marine Mammals, Smithsonian Institution

“Larry Foster is a national treasure.” —Dr. John McCosker, Emeritus Chair of Aquatic Biology, Cal Academy/Steinhart Aquarium

“Larry produces not propaganda, but sensitive work that moves people to admire and love the species.” —Wayne Thiebaud, Artist

“Larry changed the artistic view of whales from fantastical to real. What he did for the world of whales was leaps ahead on accuracy.” —Kenneth C. Balcomb III, Cetologist

“ When it comes to Cetacea, Larry produces the most accurate and magnificent art of anyone.” —Stanley M. Minasian, Animal Fund and Whaleopedia

The Art of Discovering Whales

See videos of The Art of Discovering Whales being printed in Quebec, Canada by Transcontinental Printing.

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