March 2 and 3, 2013 § Ken Thompson Park
The event features a juried wildlife exhibit and sale and a symposium with wildlife experts, including Dan Strzempka and Kevin Carroll, prosthetic specialists who developed the tail for Winter, the dolphin featured in the movie “Dolphin Tale.”
(Sarasota, FL) The Rotary Club of Sarasota presents the first annual Sarasota Wildlife Art Festival and Wildlife Symposium, Saturday and Sunday, March 2 and 3, 2013, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., at Ken Thompson Park, 1700 Ken Thompson Parkway, City Island, Sarasota. Tickets are $5 for adults; children 12 and under are admitted free. Admission entitles guests to free entry to the adjacent Save Our Seabirds wildlife sanctuary and a $5 discount on admission to Mote Marine during the festival. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. Proceeds from the festival will benefit Save Our Seabirds and the Rotary Club of Sarasota. For information, call 941-840-1193 or visit www.sarasotawildlifefest.com.
The event features a juried exhibition of wildlife-inspired art and fine crafts by more than 25 painters, sculptors, photographers, jewelers and other craftspeople. The works, which will be for sale, were juried by Ringling College of Art and Design instructors.
The event also features a symposium with prominent speakers in the field of wildlife rehabilitation and other environmental topics. Headlining the symposium are Kevin Carroll and Dan Strzempka, two prosthetic experts known for their work with the development of prosthetic tails for dolphins, including the prosthetic tail worn by Winter, the aquatic star of the movie “Dolphin Tale.” Other speakers include Dr. James “Buddy” Powell, executive director of Sea to Shore Alliance; Sara Kane, public outreach manager for the Sarasota Bay Estuary Program; and Dr. Jay Leverone, a senior environmental scientist for the Sarasota Bay Estuary Program.
For more information about the Sarasota Wildlife Art Festival and Wildlife Symposium, visit www.sarasotawildlifefest.com.