Thank you Everyone!
The Wetumpka Wildlife Arts Festival was a fantastic event in the Historic Downtown Wetumpka on November 5, 2022. The event featured a series of educational classes, art exhibits, vendors and expert demos.
Photo Credit: Wayne Atchison
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!
Kelly’s Kids will be leading carnival games and art projects for children throughout the entire event.
WEWA will have live music performed throughout the festival! We are proud to welcome the Montgomery Symphony Orchestra as our live music for the festival.
We will have a variety of amazing and talented artisans and crafters will join WEWA to show off and sell their works.
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
- That’s My Dog
- The Wharf
- Los Mayas
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!
Date: November 5, 2022
Time: 10:00am – 4:00pm