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Hellhole Canyon Preserve will benefit from art auction

Hellhole Canyon Preserve will benefit from the annual Art Auction & Fundraiser November 11 at the Escondido Municipal Gallery at 262 E. Grand Ave.

New this year is an auction item, “A Glimpse of Early California:” an intimate and exclusive four-course luncheon prepared by a well-known, San Diego chef. This item, from a donor whose home is located adjacent to the Guejito, is for a very limited and special number of guests who donate $750 per person. Looking for an exceptional experience or gift? This is it!

The views will take your breath away.

Live music, wine and scrumptious food for the sophisticated palate will be the finishing touches on this extraordinary afternoon. The date for the luncheon will be coordinated with attending guests.

The art auction will help the Friends as they continue to work to expand the Paradise Mountain Wildlife Corridor.

The Friends of Hellhole Canyon has had a very active and productive year.  They collaborated with the County of San Diego to purchase 80 acres on the western end of the preserve.

This critical piece of habitat had been in process for the last five years; in negotiations with the owner and securing funding.  The site had been used for ORV activity that often spilled over into the rest of the preserve. Now, that the preserve’s border is much more secure from this type of incursion deer and turkey prints are seen where before there were only motorcycle tracks.  Once a grove, the chaparral is becoming reestablished on the parcel and provides tremendous views of the Canyon and Rodriguez Mountain.

November 2016, the Friends launched its capital campaign to purchase 400 acres straddling a ridge between Hellhole Canyon and Rancho Guejito. The acquisition will provide a way for wildlife to migrate between existing open space areas in perpetuity.

The auction’s opening reception will be at 5:30-8 p.m. The gallery will have significant works on display for bidding from award winning artists, including Joe Garcia, Cathy Carey, and Tom Tiedeman.

Become a member and receive a chance to win Carolyn McGraw’s, Watchful Splendor, 16”x 20” giclee mounted on canvas, a $300 value. View the original painting during the auction from November 11-December 1.

Other artists who will be present for the reception include David Miller, Sandy Zelasko, Carolyn McGraw, Barbara Scharnau, Matthew Dimakos, Judith Shadzi, Gloria Warren and Tim Nedzweckas.

Artists who have donated their works for this event can be found at: www.hellholecanyon.org/events

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