By Ali Buendo for The Island Connection
Freshfields Village, in partnership with the Benjamin Walls Gallery, will host a weekend-long art exhibit and exclusive pre-release screening of the award-winning film, “Kifaru” on the Village Green. The Art of Adventure: A Weekend of Art & Film at Freshfields Village, will take place Feb. 14 to Feb. 17, coinciding with the annual Freshfields Village Art & Wine Walk.
“We’re excited to partner with Benjamin Walls to showcase an exhibit of his best large-scale pieces and to also support his mission of conservation, both domestically and abroad,” said Trish Pruitt, Freshfields Village marketing director. “At Freshfields Village, we strive to create memorable experiences for our guests. This exhibit, paired with our annual Art & Wine Walk and the screening of “Kifaru,” will be a unique and educational experience.”
As a contemporary renaissance man, Walls is an internationally acclaimed artist, avid environmentalist and successful entrepreneur. His artwork has received seven international awards and has been displayed in dozens of museums, including five exhibits at the Smithsonian and two at the Natural History Museum of London. His work with major conservation organizations such as the Jane Goodall Institute has helped nonprofits raise more than $500,000.
“I’m honored to join Freshfields Village in this special weekend-long exhibit and screening of ‘Kifaru,’” said Walls. “I’m looking forward to sharing my best work with the Lowcountry while also sharing the importance of conservation.”
The Freshfields Village screening will debut an exclusive showing of “Kifaru” before its release to the public.
The film is a feature-length documentary following the lives of two young Kenyan recruits who join Ol Pejeta Conservancy’s rhino caretaker unit – a small group of rangers who protect and care for Sudan, the last male Northern white rhino in the world. Spanning the course of the caretakers’ first four years on the job, “Kifaru” allows viewers to intimately experience the joys and pitfalls of wildlife conservation firsthand through the eyes of these Kenyan caretakers.
The screening of this film is significant today as the race to save the Northern white rhino from extinction plays out in real time. As an executive producer of “Kifaru,” Walls will be introducing the film at the 4 p.m. Saturday screening and sharing the latest developments in the quest to save the Northern white rhino.
Residents and visitors to the Freshfields Village Art & Wine Walk are invited to watch live art demonstrations, view works from local and visiting artists and enjoy live jazz music and wine tastings in participating retail stores.
The Art of Adventure: A Weekend of Art & Film at Freshfields Village Event Schedule Feb. 14 to Feb. 17, 2020
- Friday, Feb. 14: Benjamin Walls’ exhibit will be open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and the Art & Wine Walk will take place from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. An opening reception with Walls will take place on the Village Green at 5:30 p.m.
- Saturday, Feb. 15: The exhibit will be open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., with the exclusive pre-release screening of “Kifaru” at 4 p.m. The screening is sold out.
- Sunday, Feb. 16: The exhibit continues from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. There will be another “Kifaru” screening at 1 p.m.
- Monday, Feb. 17: The exhibit will be open from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Additional presentations and events will be added throughout the weekend. Walls will also be available throughout the weekend to personalize copies of his book, “Beyond,” with a foreword by Dolly Parton. For more information about this event, visit freshfieldsvillage.com/ weekend-of-art-at-freshfields-village. For more information about Benjamin Walls and the Benjamin Walls Gallery, visit BenjaminWalls.com or connect with him on Facebook or Instagram.
About Freshfields Village
Operated by Northwood Retail, an affiliate of Northwood Investors, Freshfields Village is located at the crossroads of Kiawah Island, Seabrook Island and Johns Island. A 30-minute drive from downtown Charleston, the outdoor pedestrian village offers unique architecture, beautiful courtyard patios and seasonal events that include cultural festivals, outdoor concerts and movies and a seasonal farmers market. For more information, visit freshfieldsvillage.com.