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Saturday, May 2, 2009

Art and Nature

Art and Nature
By Ann Nichols, Arts Writer

For over 20 years, the Chattanooga Nature Center was one of the attractions of the city dear. Through educational programs during the school year, summer day camps and partnerships with organizations such as Ruby Falls, the Creative Discovery Museum and the Tennessee River Gardens, it has provided thousands of visitors the opportunity to interact with wildlife and learn about plants, trees and ecosystems of the region.

So when Alan and Bonny Shuptrine, owners of Designs and Gold Leaf Gallery, wanted to give the community a way, they immediately thought of the nature center.

"Our children have attended camps in CNC nature each year and have loved the experience," said Shuptrine. "We thought that the co-sponsoring an exhibition of art and nature walk is a good way to draw attention to the center and raise money for its education programs."

Jenni Veal, director of CNC, has decided that the fundraising would be a wonderful opportunity to showcase works of art outdoors. It also recognizes the center of "return to its roots," according KristinaMontague, CNC Chairman of the Board of Directors.

"We were known as the Tennessee Wildlife Center in the past three years, but since we are not involved in the rehabilitation of wildlife, we returned to our original name and our goal on the initial Environmental Conservation. "
The event, "Art and Nature: An evening under the stars" will be held Saturday from 5:30 am to 9 pm (rain date: Saturday, July 27). More than 100 works of art created in a variety of media by local and regional artisans will be on sale. Light hors d'oeuvres and wine will be served and music will be provided by the dismemberment of Letty & Georgia and Tennessee. casual dress is suggested.

Children (4-11 years) may participate in guided activities and enjoy Lupi's Pizza for dinner, while parents of the art on view and the submission of desired items in a silent auction. A "buy now" option is available for people who do not go through the bidding process and are prepared to pay a slightly higher price for a room.

"A portion of proceeds from art sales will also improve the Liz Aplin Trail," said Montague. "Liz is an artist who loved nature and spent many hours at CNC and Reflection Riding.

Admission is $ 25 per couple, $ 15 for one person and $ 3 for children ages 4-11. Call 821-1160, Ext. 0, by Wednesday to reserve tickets.

CNC is located at 400 Garden Road at the entrance to the riding of reflection at the foot of Lookout Mountain.

Two of the articles available to purchase Lisa Caldwell silk scarf, "Millie's Garden", and an ash stoneware vessel by Mark Issenberg.
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