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Benefit this weekend for wildlife photographer Rodney Tate

Wildlife photographer Rodney Tate displays his work during the 2017 Antigonish Art Fair. Contributed
Wildlife photographer Rodney Tate displays his work during the 2017 Antigonish Art Fair. Contributed - Corey LeBlanc

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-a-kind 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 is $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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