Alabama Flora and Fauna Arts Festival Huge Success
PHOTO CAPTION: Sue Taylor White, Best of Show winner with her oil painting, Spring Construction
Photo taken by Wallace Bromberg Photography
The weather was perfect for the 9th Annual Alabama Flora and Fauna Arts Festival at the historic Lanark Estate in Millbrook, Alabama. Lanark was host to around 800 guests over the course of the April 19-21 weekend events; a true celebration of Alabama’s magnificent abundance of plant life and wildlife, showcased in art and nature.
The weekend kicked off on Friday night with a VIP reception recognizing eleven artist for their exceptional talents.
Sue Taylor White of Gardendale won Best of Show this year with her beautiful oil painting of Great Blue Herons called, “Spring Construction”.  Other winners include; Best of Flora: Montgomery's William Shipman Schaum, Jr., who used steel and acrylic to create “Wind of Magnolia,” a metal sculpture of a magnolia blossom; Best of Fauna: Pamela Askew of Tuscaloosa with her oil painting, “Red Foxes At Play," of red foxes; Best of Ornamental: Diane Gibson Newsome of Trussville also used oil for “Hydrangeas With Nest," a beautiful composition of hydrangeas.
Awards of Excellence went to Jim Denney of Alexander City for “Wisest in the Woods” and Lavanna Story Brazil of Mountain Brook for “Spring Greeter”.
Awards of Merit went to Nettie Bean of Pell City for “Where Did I Leave That Shovel?”, Sue Blackshear of Tuscaloosa for "Grass of Parnassus", Carol Furman of Daphne for “Quiet Moment", Ainsley McNeely of Mobile for "Delta Light" and Teresa Wamble of Calera for "Alabama Cave Salamander".
Historic Lanark was the setting for approximately 50 pieces of original artwork depicting nature themes of Alabama wildlife and plants from talented artists all over the state. On Saturday, featured artists also showcased their artwork for sale under the pavilion. At the Garden, there were plant sales with quality plants from the Lanark grounds, plus, Eagle's Roost Herb Farm, delicious honey from Dancing Bee Aviary, Donny Tomlin's grafted Japanese maples, speakers, face painting and other activities from the Autauga County and Elmore County Master Gardeners.
The Alabama Wildlife Federation would like to thank the following sponsors, without whom the art festival would not be possible.  The William R. Ireland Sr. Family; City of Millbrook; Central Alabama Electric Cooperative; Sonny and Florence Cauthen; Jimmy and Margaret Lowder; David and Kelly Thomas; Anne Gunderson and First South Farm Credit. A special thanks to the Alabama State Council on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts for their generous help in making the event possible. 

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