WEWA Festival 2022
The Wetumpka Wildlife Arts Festival will feature a series of educational classes, art exhibits, vendors and expert demos, with a signature festival event taking place in Historic Downtown Wetumpka on November 5th from 10am to 4pm.
WEWA’s exciting events include:
We are proud to have Wildrose Kennels with us this year! Wildrose Kennels is renowned for their British and Irish Labradors in North America, and their British Labradors are regarded among wingshooters and adventurers as the most versatile sporting dogs in the world. Wildrose is one of the most prestigious breeding and training facilities in the country, and this year, they are celebrating their 50th year anniversary of continuous service to the sporting dog enthusiast community.
At the festival, they will be showcasing their amazing dogs. It will surely be a sight to see!
Premier chef Chris Hastings is the owner and chef of Hot and Hot Fish Club and Ovenbird. Chris Hastings has over 25 years of experience of serving delicious dining to the Birmingham area, and has won the James Beard award. We are excited to have him join us in Wetumpka to share his expertise. His cooking demonstrations will surely please your taste buds and give you new ideas for your own kitchen, so be sure not to miss Chef Hastings!
The Alabama Wildlife Federation (AWF) is the oldest and largest non-profit conservation organization in Alabama, and they can be found at 3050 Lanark Road, Millbrook, AL 36054. Their organization has over 25,000 members and supporters dedicated to the AWF mission to promote the conservation of Alabama’s wildlife and related natural resources through education, community involvement, and boots-on-the-ground assistance. They channel their efforts through Conservation Education, Resource Stewardship, and Hunting & Angling Heritage.
They will be joining us at WEWA with live animal demonstrations! More details (and which animals) coming soon!
Artist John David Foote has been carving wildlife (particularly birds) for nearly 40 years, having first fallen in love with woodcarving when he was 18. In 2015, he battled throat cancer and was on life support for three weeks, yet as nearly soon as he recovered from cancer with enough strength to walk with a cane, he started carving again. His artworks have been featured at the White House, the Smithsonian Institution, the National Audubon Society in Manhattan, and recently here at The Kelly Fitzpatrick Memorial Gallery.
He will be joining us for the Wetumpka Wildlife Arts Festival this year to talk about his carvings and demonstrate his talent. Don’t miss it!
John David Foote, “Male Eastern Blue Bird”, 2022.
Alabama Plein Air Artists is a group of artists from all over the state (and beyond) who love painting outdoors. Alabama Plein Air has been painting the beauty of Alabama for over twenty years. Some artists have been painting the entire twenty years of the group’s inception, and some are new members. Every artist’s story is as unique as their art!
During WEWA, these artists will be painting throughout the festival for your viewing pleasure, and once they’re done, there will be a Wet Paint Sale. Watch, learn, and take a piece of art home with you!
Kelly’s Kids will be leading various children’s programs and arts & crafts activities throughout the day. Stay tuned for a list of kids’ projects, to be released soon!
WEWA will have live music performed throughout the festival! We are currently performing auditions, and we expect to post more details soon.
We will have a variety of amazing and talented artisans and crafters will join WEWA to show off and sell their works.
Check out our list of vendors
We will have delicious foods available for all sorts of taste buds! More vendors to come as we get closer to November. So far we will have:
- The Seared Beard BBQ
- Grumpy Dog’s with their special WEWA menu
At The Kelly’s gallery at 124 Company Street, just down the road, we will be having our “Art Gone Wild” art exhibition focused on wildlife and nature, which runs from September 27th until November 19th.
Come down and visit us to see the wide array of artists and artworks that will surely blow your mind!
We hope to see you there! Please feel free to contact us with any questions or inquiries.
Date: November 5, 2022
Time: 10:00am – 4:00pm