The Audubon Society of Portland Wild Arts Festival - Putting a bird on it for 36 years
Celebrating nature in the work of regionally and nationally known artists and writers Nov. 19 & 20
PORTLAND, Ore., October 24, 2016 – Where else can you mingle with famous artists and authors while meeting a Great Horned Owl and a Peregrine Falcon? Wild Arts Festival — The Northwest's premier show and sale of nature-related art and books benefiting the Audubon Society of Portland — returns for its 36th annual event on Nov. 19 and 20 at Montgomery Park in Portland.
Presented by Backyard Bird shop, the Wild Arts Festival boasts 67 artists ranging from jewelry designers, painters and textiles – and 19 of those are brand new to this year's Festival. What makes these artists special? Their work must feature:
• Nature or wildlife as a subject
• Natural materials as medium
• Art promoting environmental sustainability
Authors are novelists, photographers, poets, children's authors, writers of non-fiction - all with a strong commitment to the natural world. The 37 featured authors include Ursula K. LeGuin, who will be signing books Sunday from noon – 4 p.m.
Last year, the Wild Arts Festival raised almost $175,000 for Audubon Society of Portland's initiatives to promote the understanding, enjoyment and protection of native birds, other wildlife and their habitats.
The Audubon Society's Education Birds will be on site throughout the event to give adults and kids an up-close look at these wildlife ambassadors.
The popular 6x6 Wild Arts Project lets 200 local artists paint a bird theme on a donated 6x6 canvas. Festival attendees know to line up early to get first dibs on this exhibit.
Tickets are available for purchase online at WildArtsFestival.org or at the door. Tickets are $8 and kids under age 14 get in free. Montgomery Park is located at 2701 NW Vaughn in Portland.
Find Audubon Society of Portland on Facebook , Twitter and Instagram at @AudubonPortland.
About Audubon Society of Portland
Founded in 1902, the Audubon Society of Portland (ASoP) is one of the oldest conservation organizations in the nation. Its mission is to promote the enjoyment, understanding and protection of native birds, other wildlife and their habitats. Mobilizing Oregonians for over 110 years, ASoP has been instrumental in developing the environmental policies that shape our region today, helping to create Oregon's first National Wildlife Refuges, Marine Reserves and Portland's first Urban Wildlife Refuges.
For more information, please visit AudubonPortland.org and WildArtsFestival.org