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Asheville artists celebrate Appalachian Wild’s work to help injured and orphaned wildlife at Wild Art 2016: The Show to
Benefit Appalachian Wildlife Refuge. The event will be held at scenic Addison Farms Vineyards a local, family-owned farm at 4005 New Leicester Highway, just 20 minutes northwest of downtown Asheville on Saturday, August 6th from 12noon until 5pm
At this free event, visitors will enjoy talking with ten local artists, meeting wild animal ambassadors and enjoying the beautiful surroundings. Artists will be at the venue Friday, August 5th creating new works of art amidst nearly 360 degrees of mountain views dotted with bucolic vineyards and pastures.
On Saturday, visitors will be able to purchase the new art as well as other work the artists will have on display, with proceeds from the sales going to Appalachian Wild’s efforts to save injured and orphaned wildlife. Attendees can watch as Asheville painter Tony Corbitt paints an animal on location. “Painting live animals is the most challenging and rewarding exercise in art. Wildlife has been the primary source of inspiration for my work, and I am thrilled to partner with the Appalachian Wildlife Refuge.”
In addition to the art sales, there is a raffle that includes a special wine experience with Addison Farms Owner and Vintner, Jeff Frisbee. Raffle tickets will be one for $5 or five for $20 with all proceeds going to Appalachian Wild. Wine tastings will be available for $8.00 and special discounts offered on case purchases. “We are proud to host this event for Appalachian Wild,” notes Frisbee. “We are fortunate that our family vineyard is surrounded by many acres of conserved lands, and we enjoy knowing that wildlife not only has a good home, but thanks to the work of Appalachian Wild that hurt wildlife will have a place for rehabilitation before they are released back to their native environment. We also always enjoy with working with local artist, John Mac Kah; everything he does is top notch.”
The event happens at an important time for Appalachian Wild and the efforts to establish a wildlife rehabilitation facility. President and Co-founder, Kimberly Brewster shares, “The community is struggling to care for the ever growing number of wild animals in crisis each year. A facility is urgently needed and our top priority is to secure a location and open a regional ‘wildlife 911’ to provide critical support to the wildlife rehabilitation network.”