Join members of the Atlanta community who care about birds and the
environment by celebrating the Atlanta Audubon Society’s 40th
anniversary. The 2012 Gala is Saturday, October 20, from 6:30 pm to
10:00 pm at historic Glenridge Hall in Sandy Springs. Please read
the details below.
Glenridge Hall is a private estate listed on the National Register
of Historic Places. Built in 1929 for an Atlanta businessman, the
home served as a weekend retreat for his family. The style is that
of an elegant hunting lodge surrounded by 47 acres of stunning
gardens and woodlands. The family graciously offers use of the home
for special events sponsored by nonprofit organizations. Guests will
be free to wander through the magnificently decorated first-floor
rooms and onto the expansive terrace. The property’s resident
manager will attend the event and be available to answer questions
about the home, its furnishings, and its history.
The Featured Speaker
The evening will center on a presentation by the renowned
naturalist, artist, writer, and National Public Radio commentator,
Julie Zickefoose. Ms. Zickefoose has written and illustrated three
books: Backyard Birding: Using Natural Gardening to Attract Birds;
Letters from Eden; and most recently, The Bluebird Effect: Uncommon
Bonds with Common Birds. Her extensive credentials include having
served as a primary illustrator for the 17-volume work, The Birds of
North America, a project of the American Ornithologists' Union and
the Academy of Natural Sciences. Inspiration for her work often
comes from the 80-acre nature sanctuary in the Appalachian foothills
of southeast Ohio, where she lives with her husband, Bill Thompson,
III, editor of Bird Watcher's Digest. Ms. Zickefoose is an engaging
speaker, whose warmth, insight, and sensitive spirit linger with
listeners long after her personal appearance. Copies of her books
will be available for purchase and signing.
The Featured Guest
For the past 28 years, Russell Clayton has collected the art of bird
illustrator, Athos Menaboni (1895-1990), an Italian-born artist who
came to Georgia in 1927 and lived in Atlanta until his death. In
1950, TIME magazine referred to him as "Audubon's heir." From 1941
to 1984, Menaboni painted birds used to illustrate the annual
holiday cards of Atlanta’s Robert W. Woodruff, the leader of the
Coca-Cola Company for six decades. A collection of Menaboni prints
is displayed in the grand entrance of Glenridge Hall. While in high
school and college, Mr. Clayton was a pen pal of Mr. Woodruff’s and
developed a close friendship with Mr. Menaboni. In 2007, Mr. Clayton
founded a gallery (sponsored by the Woodruff Foundation) at
State University dedicated to Menaboni’s life and work. During the
evening, guests may view the collection of Menaboni prints as well
as a mural the artist painted in the home's breakfast room. Mr.
Clayton will talk with guests and answer questions about the artist.
The evening includes an elegant catered buffet and an open bar of
beer, wine, and other beverages. Dessert will be served with
shade-grown coffee, compliments of the Atlanta Audubon Society’s own
supplier, Cafe Campesino. Cocktail attire is requested.
Four 50-year-old lithographs of Athos Menaboni’s illustrations will
be offered in silent auction.
The Atlanta Audubon Society is a mainstay among nature organizations
in metropolitan Atlanta. Throughout the year, the society offers
field trips free of charge and extensive educational workshops for
children and adults. The society advocates for the protection of the
environment so that birds and other wildlife continue to enrich our
communities. The 2012 Gala is a fundraising event intended to
enhance the organization’s ability to preserve the natural world in
Atlanta and promote its appreciation, particularly enjoyment of the
wonder of birds. The Gala is also a time for learning, enjoyment,
and socializing with like-minded friends of nature.
A limited number of tickets is available and everyone—members and
nonmembers who want to support the society—is invited. Tickets can
be purchased online at www.atlantaaudubon.org (through PayPal), by
calling the Atlanta Audubon Society’s office at 678-973-2437
(MasterCard or Visa accepted), or in person at the society’s office
in the Blue Heron Nature Preserve (cash, check, or charge). Tickets
are $100 per person for AAS members. Non-member tickets are $125
which includes a year's membership in AAS. Additional donations are tax deductible.
After purchase of a ticket, directions to Glenridge Hall and
additional information will be provided. For further information
about the event, please call the office at 678-973-2437.