The Estes Park Art Center will host a photo exhibit and silent auction featuring top notch images from 20 wildlife photographers of the famous male Kahuna elk. The exhibition and silent auction begin on Saturday evening and will continue until October 9.
“Kahuna was without a doubt the most popular and photographed elk that has ever walked on the planet,” photographer Fred McClanahan, Jr. and member of the Kahuna Memorial Advisory Council posted on Facebook. “Documenting his life through photographs has been a wonderful journey over many years that I will never forget.”
The Kahuna Memorial will have a booth in Bond Park during Elk Fest where visitors can learn about the ongoing progress of the Kahuna Memorial design and purchase Kahuna prints and artwork. Children and adults are encouraged to pick up a copy of Local Herd, a comic strip by Estes Park illustrator Timothy Buck. There will even be cameo appearances from a very cuddly Kahuna the elk throughout Elk Fest posing for portraits and selfies.
“We value community outreach opportunities like Elk Fest so we can talk about safe wildlife viewing tips, share Kahuna stories, and get helpful community information for the Kahuna Memorial Project,” said Barb Prentiss. -Davis, one of the steering committee members. “It’s fun to meet social media followers and donors who visit our booth,” said Prentiss-Davis, who stars as Mrs. Santa in the city’s Catch the Glow parade and We Believe holiday activities. .
The Kahuna Memorial Committee will also host an art talk and reception Saturday night at 6 p.m. at the Estes Park Art Center, featuring prominent Colorado native animal sculptor Jocelyn Russell. Russell is known for several significant public art installations, including her sculptures of Crown Victor Trippel’s Secretariat in Lexington, KY and SSgt Reckless, the US Navy’s War Horse, at the National Museum of the Marine Corps in Triangle, GO.
Russell will talk about the artistic process of designing, creating and producing bronze sculptures.
“We are thrilled to be working with the Kahuna Memorial Steering Committee to bring such an intriguing artist to speak about the wildlife sculpture and bronze art installations,” said Alice League, Board Member of the Kahuna Memorial. Estes Park Art Center.
The goal of the Kahuna Memorial Project, which launched its fundraising campaign in May, is twofold. The Steering Committee envisions the memorial as a significant public work of art with features that intrigue curiosity and inform safety precautions through durable signage in areas where people frequently view elk in Estes Park and State Park. of the Rockies.
The Kahuna Memorial Project has aligned itself with the Art Center of Estes Park, a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization. Contributions to the project are tax deductible and can be made through the organization’s GoFundMe page or by check made payable to Estes Park Art Center
The Kahuna Memorial Project is also thrilled to announce that it is working with landscape architecture professor Lori Catalano and one of her classes on design concepts for the Kahuna Memorial Site. The students prepared several design renders that will be exhibited at Elk Fest. A formal request for proposals from sculptor artists will be sent out later this year and the actual location of the site is still being determined.
“This memorial will position Kahuna and her legacy as an ambassador for the Rockies to promote awareness of safe behavior around wildlife,” said Steering Committee Chairman John Coombs. “Most Estes Park residents who live in a community of hundreds of elk are more aware of the need to be respectful and careful. While patrons who come to Estes Park are thrilled to see the elk, many are unaware of the danger these animals can pose when they begin to feel encroached.
Fans of Kahuna and Rocky Mountain Moose are invited to visit the Estes Park Art Center, 517 Big Thompson Avenue, Unit 201, Estes Park located on the south side of the Safeway parking lot, between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. daily to see the exhibit. .
Learn more about the progress of the Kahuna Memorial Project which raised over $33,000, or to view the “Kahuna Clicks” photo exhibit and silent auction, as well as other works of art of local artists exhibiting at the Estes Park Art Center, individuals can email [email protected], click on Kahuna’s website at www.kahunamemorial.com or click on the center’s website Park Art Gallery at www.artcenterofestes.com.