The American Honey Bee Protection Agency (AHBPA) is hosting a bee-themed art show and fundraiser dedicated to saving feral honey bees in Central Texas through bee rescue, relocation and education. The event will be from 6 to 10 p.m., October 29 at the Omni Hotel, in downtown Austin. Accomplished artists are donating jewelry, textiles, ceramics, paintings, drawings and photography to the cause. Food, live music and signature cocktails will also be provided.
Joining AHBPA will be its sister organization, Central Texas Bee Rescue and Preserve (CTBRP), dedicated to saving and protecting the future of our nation's bee population. The organization specializes in no-kill extermination alternatives through beehive extraction and relocation, and they feed, house and nurture bees at its sanctuary. The group hosts harvesting projects for soap, candle and lip balm production, as well as honey and bee pollen.
Both groups are dedicated to educating the community about the role of bees in our ecosystem, fighting the use of pesticides and maintaining the ecological health of the central Texas region. CTBRP stresses that emergencies take precedence during their relocation efforts, and they give priority to hives threatening the elderly, young and those with allergies. While the group diligently works to save every hive possible, they note that the unpredictable nature of bee swarms makes scheduling a challenge and they ask for patience.
CTBRP was founded on the principle that saving feral honey bees is crucial to communities and to the world. The group states it saves approximately 1,000 feral honey beehives and swarms annually in the Austin area from threat of extermination. Most of these hives are relocated to CTBRP’s sanctuary in the hill country before going to good homes and apiaries in the region.
Cost: Bee Lover general admission, free; Meet the Artists V.I.P package with monetary donation. Location: Omni Austin Hotel Downtown, 701 Brazos, Austin. For more information, visit Facebook.com/CTXBeeRescue.