While fall is a few months and 20-30 degrees away, The Kelly is already planning a precursor to the new Wetumpka Wildlife Festival. The theme for The Kelly’s fall exhibition is “Art Gone Wild” with a focus on Alabama wild life. Director Jennifer Eifert has already lined up some outstanding artists to bring their work to the gallery, starting Oct. 6.
The main event, however, will be on Saturday, Nov. 5, with sports and activities all over town, sponsored by the Smoot Harris family and other Wetumpka businesses. Besides art displays, a few others are plein air painting, wild food cooking demonstration by Premier Chef Chris Hastings , sporting dog demonstration by Wildrose Kennels, wood carving demonstration by nationally known artist John David Foote, animal demonstration sponsored by the Alabama Wildlife Federation, live music and a vendors’ tent. There have even been whispers about the Montgomery Zoo bringing some animals that paint–but it has to be seen to be believed.
Anyone interested in a 10-ft space in the vendors’ tent for $100 should contact The Kelly as soon as possible. Obviously, wildlife-related items are requested, but there will be room for other content as well. Director Jennifer has put in a request for a fair day and promises it won’t be as hot as it is now.
Watch for more information in the coming months. There will be sporting events, children’s activities, and specials at downtown shops and restaurants. The hope is that all of Alabama comes to Wetumpka to celebrate its wonderful wildlife.