Bare Naked Butterflies Roll Into Branson

BRANSON, MO – They may be bare now, but 65 larger than life fiberglass butterflies will soon transform into brillliant works of art as local artists put their creative talents to the test and gather to support Christian Action Ministries’ community-wide art exhibit, Butterflies at Branson.

The kickoff to the project begins on Friday, January 11 as the unadorned butterflies roll into Branson and are delivered to their new homes. Once in the hands of local artists and sponsors, these butterflies will transform into one-of-a-kind masterpieces. The completed works of art will then be auctioned off, with proceeds benefiting Christian Action Ministries.

“Christian Action Ministries impacts thousands of lives in the Branson area each year,” said Dianna Herschend. “The Butterfly Palace is excited to be participating as the lead sponsor of Butterflies at Branson. This is a fresh idea for the Branson area that not only benefits a very worthy cause, but also celebrates the natural beauty of butterflies and the artistic talents of our local artists as well.”

Adorning the butterflies is only the first stage in the metamorphosis process of these unique works of art. The second stage is marked by the unveiling of the newly dressed butterflies at the Butterfly Brunch, a VIP event to be held at the Butterfly Palace on March 29. The third stage begins as the butterflies flutter from the Butterfly Brunch to their temporary homes at local businesses throughout the Ozarks. Visitors to the Branson area will then have the opportunity to view these creative masterpieces throughout the summer of 2008. On October 10, during the final stage of their metamorphosis, the butterflies will gather for the last time at the Butterfly Ball and Benefit Auction at the Chateau on the Lake.

The Butterfly Palace and Rainforest Adventure offers an educational, interactive, and exciting journey for guests of all ages. During each 2-hour, self-guided tour, visitors have the chance to experience a 3-D movie about the life of a butterfly, walk among over 1,000 live tropical butterflies from around the world, find their way through the Emerald Forest Mirror Maze, and sneak a peek at some amazing creatures in the Rainforest Critter Center.

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