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Tennessee Aquarium launches online fundraising auction

Purchase a piece of art created by the aquarium’s residents during the online fundraising auction.

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Artist Andrea Nelson paints with Rolo the ring-tailed lemur for the Tennessee Aquarium’s fundraising auction.

Photo by Doug Strickland via Tennessee Aquarium

You may be familiar with the furry and finned residents at the Tennessee Aquarium, but did you know they’re also talented artists?

The river otters, penguins, lemurs, and turtles are just some of the animals that have created ~50 original paintings that are up for bid during the aquarium’s annual online fundraising auction.

The paintings were created using non-toxic, animal-safe tempura paint with the help of the aquarium’s animal care specialists.

Folks can also bid on a chance to paint with the animals to create a piece of artwork of their own — along with other behind-the-scenes experiences, photographic prints, and fine art pieces.

The online auction is open now and will close at 10 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 29. All proceeds from auction sales support the aquarium’s mission to connect people with nature + inspire them to make informed decisions about water and wildlife.

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