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Alabama wildlife art takes center stage at Wetumpka festival

The Wetumpka Wildlife Arts Festival, a celebration of wildlife and field sports through the arts, is set for November in historic downtown Wetumpka.

The Nov. 11 festival includes the first Alabama Wildlife Fine Art Competition with the winning artist receiving a $10,000 purchase award. There will also be $500 merit awards presented.

Next Wednesday, Tim L. Gothard, Alabama Wildlife Federation executive director, will present a $25,000 check to The Kelly Fitzpatrick Center for the Arts on behalf of the federation and LIV Development for sponsorship of the competition.

To compete, the works of art must represent one or more native species of birds, ducks, or fish. The winning original artwork, including ownership and rights, will be presented to the Alabama Wildlife Federation.

Wildlife art will be for sale at Fitzpatrick Center during the Art Gone Wild Exhibition, Sept. 28 through Nov. 17. During the festival, artists will be on hand to meet the public.

Tony Veronese, a Montgomery native and lecturer of Foundations and Core with the Auburn University at Montgomery Fine Arts Department, will judge the competition. He earned master’s degrees in art and fine art in painting from the University of Dallas. Veronese worked with 500X, the oldest artists co-op in Dallas.

In addition to his solo exhibitions, Veronese’s works have been shown at the 20th Oso Bay Biennial in Corpus Christi, Texas; the fifth Dallas-Fort Worth Rising Star Invitational; and the Community Togetherness Project at the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts.

For information about the festival, call Executive Director Jennifer Eifert at 334-478-3366.

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