Ron Kobli, owner of Decoys and Wildlife Gallery in Frenchtown and a life-long wildlife and wildlife art enthusiast, casually stopped in at the Mercer County Wildlife Center a few years ago when he saw the "Wildlife Center" sign along Rt. 29. Thinking it was a wildlife art resource, he got the surprise of his life when he walked through the door. Ron instantly connected with the passion and dedication of the staff and volunteers at the Center. The rest, as they say, is history.
As he has done for several years, on February 27th Ron will be opening the doors of his gallery to Diane Nickerson of the Wildlife Center, along with two or three of her feathered charges, to help raise funds for the Center. He will again donate a piece of fine wildlife art to be raffled and will generously match the proceeds. The lucky winner will take home a valuable piece of art by a world-class wildlife artist.
Washington Crossing Audubon supports the work of the Mercer County Wildlife Center. Some of us have taken injured or orphaned birds and other animals there for care, or are members of the Friends group or, like our own Lou Beck, are volunteers. Last year the Center was awarded a grant from the WCAS Polly Holden Fund to help with the building of their new facilities. The needs of the Center are great and donations are always welcome. But you can help AND visit a premier wildlife art gallery featuring wood carvings, decoys and paintings at the same time. And you can see some birds of prey up close and personal.
The annual open house will be held Sunday, February 27, 2005 from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. at Ron Kobli's Decoys and Wildlife Gallery, 55 Bridge Street, Frenchtown, NJ. There will be woodcarving demonstrations, old decoy appraisals, and refreshments. Directions can be found at the gallery's website, www.decoyswildlife.com You can find out more about the Wildlife Center at www.mercercounty.org/mcwc/mcwc.htm.
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