There will be a silent auction of animal photographs by Tom Gootz at the Art Center gallery on Friday, December 3 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tom, recently deceased, had a doctorate. accomplished microbiologist, naturalist and photographer. Tom was an advocate for the protection of wildlife and its habitat in the Estes Valley, and all proceeds from the sale of his photographs will go towards an update of the Estes Valley Wildlife Plan.
This event will be in addition to the normal open house on the first Friday which will be held at the Estes Park Art Center. Light snacks and drinks will be offered to visitors and auction participants. The works of current artists on display at the gallery will be on display and available for purchase. It will be a great opportunity to collect unique Christmas gifts, while supporting a good cause.
Tom’s photos are signed and professionally matted and framed, and there are approximately 50 photos ranging in size from 11×14 to 24×32. The photos are wildlife or landscape scenes in color. There is an authorized Ansel Adams print from the original negative and some very nice black and white Ansel Adams style photos that Tom took. His collection also includes some small original oil paintings.
This event is sponsored by the Wandering Wildlife Society of the Estes Valley Watershed Coalition. The Coalition is a non-profit organization dedicated to the stewardship of the waters, forests and wildlife of the Estes Valley. The updated Estes Valley Wildlife Plan will be used in support of the updated comprehensive plan to identify and protect critical wildlife habitat.
Join us on December 3, First Friday, at the Art Center of Estes Park, 517 Big Thompson Avenue, Lower Stanley Village, from 5 to 7 p.m. Photographs will be on display and silent auctions will be accepted from 5:00 a.m. to 6:30 a.m., at which time the auction will close and the winning bidders announced.