Friends of Hellhole Canyon will hold an art auction during November at the Escondido Arts Partnership Municipal Gallery (escondidoarts.org/).
The opening reception will be at 5:30-8 p.m. on November 11. The gallery is located at 262 E. Grand Ave., Escondido.
Works on display for bidding come from award winning artists, including Joe Garcia, Cathy Carey, and Tom Tiedeman. Visitors will have the opportunity to acquire impressive artwork and help raise money to help the Friends purchase 400 acres straddling a ridge between Hellhole Canyon and Rancho Guejito, land they have dubbed the Paradise Mountain Wildlife Corridor.
November 2016, the Friends launched their Capital Campaign to purchase this land to provide a way for wildlife to migrate between existing open space areas in perpetuity.
The Preserve, a nearly 2,000-acre park located on the east side of Valley Center, is a pristine chaparral ecosystem home to many endangered and threatened species. The park is owned and managed by San Diego County Parks and Recreation, and welcomes hikers and equestrians to enjoy its trails. More open space than park, the Preserve is part of a patchwork of large habitats that make up North County San Diego.
Wildlife currently moves between tracts of land such as the Cleveland National Forest, Palomar Mountain, BLM land and the Rancho Guejito, a privately-owned ranch that spans 23,000 acres east of Escondido. Hellhole Canyon is a centerpiece connecting them all.