Ben­e­fit for wildlife pho­tog­ra­pher Rod­ney Tate

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A ben­e­fit for well-known wildlife pho­tog­ra­pher Rod­ney Tate will take place this week­end in Pom­quet.

The event is sched­uled for Sun­day, Sept. 16, from 3 to 6 p.m., at the Old Barn Gal­leries at Beaver Dam Farm.

Tate, of Lin­wood, suf­fered a stroke one month ago, his sec­ond in nine years.

The li­censed plum­ber, who had his own busi­ness, could no longer work af­ter his first health scare.

Tate, who was the sin­gle fa­ther of four chil­dren, con­tin­ued to raise his fam­ily, while mak­ing a sig­nif­i­cant re­cov­ery from the first stroke, al­though he was left with per­ma­nent dis­abil­i­ties.

Dur­ing that first re­cov­ery he started his pas­sion for wildlife pho­tog­ra­phy, with his work hav­ing drawn a great fol­low­ing over the years.

Af­ter this most re­cent stroke, Tate – who still has three chil­dren at home – can no longer work.

“It's ac­tu­ally very dif­fi­cult for him to take his wildlife pho­tos for which he has to tote heavy cam­era equip­ment into the bush and sup­port the cam­era with his left hand and arm (dam­aged side) and click with his right,” fundraiser or­ga­nizer Carol Rivoire said in an email.

She noted Tate has “a lot of friends and fol­low­ers.”

“Peo­ple who tremen­dously en­joy and ap­pre­ci­ate his unique tal­ent as a wildlife pho­tog­ra­pher,” Rivoire said.

She added the goal of the fundraiser is “to in­tro­duce more peo­ple to his tal­ent, and to en­cour­age peo­ple to buy Rod­ney’s beau­ti­ful art.”

There will be many large framed and mat­ted pho­to­graphs from Tate avail­able for $120, while the un­framed, but mat­ted pieces on sale for $80.

Smaller sizes will also be avail­able for $80 (framed and mat­ted) and $50 (un­framed and mat­ted).

“It is an ef­fort to show this won­der­ful man our ap­pre­ci­a­tion – not only for his fab­u­lous wildlife pho­tos, but also his friend­ship and his ap­pre­ci­a­tion and con­ser­va­tion ef­forts for Nova Sco­tia wildlife,” Rivoire said.

Along with the art sale, the Tate ben­e­fit will in­clude live mu­sic, re­fresh­ments, raf­fles and auc­tion of var­i­ous do­nated items, in­clud­ing an ex­quis­ite, one-of-akind Na­tiv­ity from Italy.

Rivoire rec­om­mended chil­dren should were old clothes be­cause there will be a cou­ple ta­bles where they can do some paint­ing.

En­try fee will be $10 at the door.

Call or email Rivoire, with any ques­tions, of­fers to help or to do­nate, at

902-386-2304 or beaverdf@ns.sym­pa­tico.ca

The Old Barn Gal­leries at Beaver Dam Farm is lo­cated at 71 Me­lan­son Road.

Com­ing from Antigo­nish, take Exit 35B, off the Trans-canada High­way, turn left and drive one kilo­me­tre.

Fol­low gallery signs to Me­lan­son Road, on the left, and then fol­low the road to the gal­leries and the Old Barn.

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