The G2 Gallery in Venice will present Wild on Earth: Piper Mackay, a solo exhibition of photographs of wildlife on the African continent, beginning Tuesday, May 15 through June 24.

An opening reception is scheduled from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Saturday, May 19 at G2, 1503 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice.

Mackay, the only known solo female safari leader in Africa, captured images of a range of African wildlife such as elephants, zebras and cheetahs, a gallery spokesperson said.

She shot documentary style images while in the field in Africa and said she then used special software by Nik Filters to bring the emotion she felt in the presence of the wildlife to her finished product. Among the regions the photographer visited were the Serengeti and Amboseli.

Featured in the exhibit is Cheetah Mother and Cub, which appeared in the January 2012 edition of National Geographic and was a part of the 2008 Nature’s Best photo exhibit at the Smithsonian Institute. Among all of her images, Mackay says, “Cheetah Mother and Cub is the one I’m most emotionally invested in,” in part because she spent an entire week observing and photographing the interactions between mother and cub.

Mackay hopes that her images will inspire viewers to “protect what’s right in the world.”

“It’s very empowering to experience seeing these animals in the wild. It makes you come back and feel like the world is fake,” she said.

All proceeds from art sales will be donated to support African wildlife.

Admission to the artist’s reception is $5 at the door and RSVP is required at

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