'Art of Conservation' exhibition and auction in support of leopards

'Art of Conservation' exhibition and auction in support of leopards
Published: 22 August 2017

Join us at the inaugural 'Art of Conservation' event, Saturday, 16 September

Henry Taylor and the Art Curator Gallery at Lourensford Wine Estate will be hosting a wine and canapé evening on Saturday, 16 September, to celebrate the official exhibition launch of acclaimed wildlife artist, Fuz Cafurio. The evening is being held in support of the Cape Leopard Trust, and guests will not only be able to meet the artist in person, but also meet the team behind the Cape Leopard Trust. MC for the night is global adventurer and leopard ambassador, Braam Malherbe. A painting from Fuz's new collection will be auctioned in aid of the Trust, along with a number of desirable lifestyle items. Space is limited so early bookings are recommended.

The event details are as follows

Date: Saturday, 16 September 2017
Time: 17h30 for 18h00 – 21:00

Venue: Art Curator Gallery, Lourensford Wine Estate
Cost: No entrance fee, discretionary donations
For catering purposes please RSVP by latest 5 September 2017.

Wine and canapés will be served
Bookings: [email protected]

The ‘Art of Conservation’ initiative aims to raise awareness of South African conservation causes as a way to safeguard the future of our country’s spectacular wildlife. What makes this project unique is how art is being used as a medium to inspire change and raise support for organisations that are making a difference.

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 to protect all large cats shows through in the detail and way in which he captures the spirit of each animal he paints.

For those not attending the fundraising auction, the Art Curator Gallery will be holding a Fuz Caforio exhibition from the 16th of September to the 20th of October. Henry Taylor, 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.

Generous venue sponsor of this event, Lourensford Wine Estate, has created a limited edition Cape Leopard Wine Collection, available in Chardonnay and SMV range. This once-off collection will be available on the night and for sale throughout the month of August and onwards at the Art Curator Gallery. A limited number of 400 bottles each of red and white wine were crafted to mark the occasion.

The Art of Conservation is grateful to sponsors Jaguar Stellenbosch, Diamond Works, Mont Rochelle, Three potters and a Painter, Lourensford Wine Estate, Mountain Brewing Company and Erinvale Hotel for willingly giving their support to such a crucial fundraising event and for South African wildlife conservation.


  1. The Diamond Works will be gifting the Art of Conservation with a gorgeous diamond and sapphire ring made from 18k white gold, set with a 1.92 carat sapphire round central stone and surrounded by 33 tiny diamonds at 0.165 carats in total. This exquisite piece of investment jewellery is valued at R156,
    990 (Ref Code: D/W Sapphire Ring)

  2. A Fuz Caforio one-of- a-kind investment painting. Size: 140cm x 70 cm oil on canvas. The art piece will be revealed at the ‘Art of Conservation’ event and is valued in excess of R 90 000.  (Ref Code: F/C Leopard )

  3. Lourensford Estate has generously partnered with the ‘Art of Conservation’ event this year to raise over R30 000 for the Cape Leopard Trust. An exclusive master blending wine experience with Hannes Nel of Lourensford Estate will take 10 guests through an informative wine and dine experience valued at R60 000. (Ref Code: L/E Wine experience)

  4. A 1 night stay for two people including breakfast at Erinvale Hotel and Spa.
    Valued at R1610 (Ref code: E/S Erinvale)

  5. A beautiful ‘Three Potters and a Painter’ bowl with diamond inset.
    Valued at R25 000 (Ref code: T/P Bowl)

  6. Virgin Limited Edition’s Franschhoek property, Mont Rochelle, is donating a 2 night stay for two people in their Cabernet Room. The voucher includes breakfast, complimentary selection of drinks and snacks from your minibar, transfer service between Mont Rochelle and Franschhoek at set times and a complimentary wine tasting session for each guest.
    Valued at R22 400 (Ref code: M/R Cabernet)

Email your advance bid with reference code to: [email protected]

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