Portland Wild Arts Festival

The Audubon Society of Portland is one of the many beloved environmental fixtures of the city. And for the past 36 years they’ve charmed Portland with the annual Wild Arts Festival.

The festival showcases acclaimed national and regional artists with a focus on art pieces celebrating nature. Attendees can enjoy a wide selection of nature-related books, displays and artwork. The range of medium is diverse, and one can expect to admire photography, blown glass, jewelry, paintings, sculptures, and more.

The event is more than an art show, and the thousands of nature lovers and art enthusiasts who attend the festival raise much-need funds for the Audubon Society of Portland.

Highlights of the event include:

- A silent auction. The biggest fundraiser of the event, the silent auction is an opportunity to bid on everything from artwork, to tickets, to weekend getaway passes. Many items and packages are themed to appeal to naturalists and birdwatchers, so this a good place to scope out gifts for fans of all things feathered.

- Meeting education birds. Say hello to the beautiful ambassador birds of the Audubon Society, which are native, non-releasable residents of the sanctuary. Each of them came to the society injured, and they now serve as educational assistants. During the Wild Arts Festival, some of these lovely creatures will be out and about with their handlers.

- The 6x6 Wild Art Project. Check out over 200 pieces of 6x6 inch paintings, all donated for this event. Artists from the community are invited to submit their pieces for the exhibit, where each artistic gem is sold on behalf of the Audubon Society. Blick donates the 6x6 canvases, so it’s an accessible way for artists to pitch in.

- Book signings. Meet your favorite environmental author, and walk away with a signed book. The 37 featured authors this year include Ursula K. LeGuin, who will be signing books Sunday from noon – 4 p.m.

The 2016 Wild Arts Festival is slated for 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. on Nov. 19 and 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. on Nov. 20. It’s held at Montgomery Park, 2701 NW Vaughn, Portland. For more information, check out the event sight via the “learn more” link above.

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