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Dining for a Cause: The Art Of Conservation

The Art Curator Gallery at Lourensford Wine Estate has joined forces with the Cape Leopard Trust and esteemed South African artist Fuz Caforio to host a high-calibre fundraising event in support of the ongoing efforts to protect the Cape Leopard and conserve their ever decreasing Natural habitat. The Art of Conservation project will take place on 29 July 2017, with the aim to raise R400 000.

The fires that tore through the Helderberg mountains in early 2017 left in their wake immense destruction. It was clearer than ever that action needed to be taken to not only protect the indigenous flora and fauna of the area but the large majestic cat that calls it home. And so the partnership between the Art Curator, Fuz Caforio and the Cape Leopard Trust was born.

This important collaboration’s role is to raise awareness of South African conservation at a large scale and aims to safeguard the future of our country’s unique wildlife. What makes this project unique, is that art is being used as a medium to inspire change and raise awareness.

Having dedicated half his life to painting and the past decade to studying large cats, Fuz

Caforio’s masterful artistry is the obvious choice for a fundraiser of this nature. His support of wildlife conservation dates back more than two decades, and his passion for protecting all large cats shows through in the detail and way in which he captures the spirit of each animal he paints.

The fundraiser and auction taking place on 29 July 2017 will play host to Cape Town’s elite conservationists, Art Collectors, and influencers, guests will be treated to a night of musical entertainment and enjoy a three-course dining experience at The Millhouse restaurant.

For those not attending the fundraising auction, the Art Curator Gallery will be holding a Fuz Caforio exhibition throughout July. Henry Taylor, the owner of the Art Curator Gallery, invites friends and guests to take part in The Art of Conservation project by visiting the exhibition, everyone is welcome to enjoy the majesty that this talented, local artist has created.

Fuz Caforio has created and donated a one-of-a-kind masterpiece that will be unveiled at The Art of Conservation with an estimated value upwards of R90 000. All proceeds from the auction of this piece as well as other highly sought-after products and experiences will be donated to The Cape Leopard Trust. The aim is to raise a minimum of R400 000 for this great cause. Details of the auction will follow soonest.

As the courteous venue sponsor of this event, Lourensford Wine Estate has created the Cape Leopard Wine Collection, available in Chardonnay and SMV range. This one-off collection will be viewable on the night, and throughout the month of August; at The Art Curator Gallery. There are only 500 bottles each of red and white that have been masterfully created for this occasion.

The Art of Conservation is grateful to sponsors Ferrari, Diamond Works and Royal Portfolio for adding their support to such a prestigious, and crucial, fundraising event. Their advocacy of South African wildlife conservation goes a long way.

The event details are as follows:

Date: 29 July 2017

Time: 17h30 – 18h00

Venue: The Millhouse Restaurant, Lourensford Wine Estate

Tickets: R1500 pp

Ticket Purchase: Computicket

For more information on The Art of Conservation, please visit these Facebook pages: @Lourensford1700 | @TheCapeLeopardTrust | @HenryTaylorGallery

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