TN Aquarium hosts fundraising auction

an alligator's hands and feet are covered in (non toxic) paint and on top of paper, with paint on the ground around the alligator.

American Alligators paint art for the Aquarium’s fall fundraising auction.

Doug Strickland via Tennessee Aquarium

The Tennessee Aquarium is hosting a fundraising auction with works of art created by the aquarium’s resident animals.

Yes, you heard that right, 22 pieces of art were created by pressing paws, fins, scales, shells, and flippers onto canvases using animal-friendly paint. The result: colorful works of art that embody the wonderful creatures in the aquarium.

Bidders can participate in an auction for more than a dozen one-of-a-kind animal encounters, including painting sessions with a Gentoo Penguin, a meet-and-greet with a Giant Pacific Octopus, and a close encounter with a Ring-Tailed Lemur.

Other auction items include:

  • Gift package by Guy Fieri
  • Art by local artists
  • Staycation perks

The auction is taking place now through Mon., Sept. 26 at 12 p.m.

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