Celebrating nature in the work of regionally and nationally known artists and writers.
Now in a new downtown location.
Wild Arts Festival — The Northwest’s premier show and sale of nature-related art and books returns for its 39th year – just in time to kick-start holiday shopping on Nov. 23 and 24.
Fresh location in the heart of the Pearl
New for 2019, the popular festival has moved to Pure Space in Portland’s vibrant Pearl District at NW 14th & Overton. Stroll through this light-filled space and find the perfect gift or something for yourself, with proceeds benefiting Portland Audubon’s education and conservation efforts.
Presented by Backyard Bird shop, the Wild Arts Festival boasts 61 artists, including jewelry designers, painters, printmakers and sculptors, plus glass, wood, fiber art and ceramic artists. Although their media differ greatly, they all celebrate the natural world by featuring:
• Nature or wildlife as a subject,
• Natural materials as medium, or
• Art promoting environmental sustainability
Thirteen impressive Northwest authors are scheduled to autograph books from Noon to 4 p.m. each day.
They specialize in nature, birds, hiking, history, books for kids, and books that illuminate living in Oregon and the Pacific Northwest. Featured authors include:
· Nancy Tillman, New York Times best-selling children’s author
· Molly Hashimoto, author of Birds of the West: an artist’s guide
· Laura O. Foster with a new edition of Portland Stair Walks providing a wonderful tour of Portland using the public stairways
New! Tiny birdhouse art project
One of the Festival highlights will be the new Tiny Birdhouse Project. Up to 200 local artists will transform small, decorative wooden birdhouses into imaginative works of art and donate them to the sale. These one-of-a-kind treasures will be priced affordably, so Festival attendees will line up early to get first dibs on this exhibit!
Here you’ll find beautiful framed pictures, jewelry and outdoor gear, plus gift certificates for vacation lodging, exotic trips and restaurants. Get a bidder number, make your bid, and cross your fingers – you might win, you might get a bargain! If you’re looking for a perfect holiday gift, you may find it here.
Entertainment and Dining
Guests can enjoy Saturday Happy Hour from 3-6 p.m. with wine, beer and light fare available for purchase.
The rest of the weekend, attendees can purchase beverages and snacks on site.
Tickets are available for purchase online at WildArtsFestival.org or at the door. Tickets are $10, and kids under age 14 get in free.
Location and hours
Pure Space, 1315 NW Overton, Portland, OR
10 a.m. – 6 p.m. on Saturday, November 23 | 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Sunday, November 24
Last year, the Wild Arts Festival raised more than $195,000 for Portland Audubon’s initiatives to promote the understanding, enjoyment and protection of native birds, other wildlife and their habitats.
About Portland Audubon
Portland Audubon’s passionate and growing community has loved and advocated for Oregon’s wildlife and wild places for more than 100 years. With the help of our vast network of advocates, nature enthusiasts, and partners, we inspire and connect people to nature through a variety of programs that are grounded in science and learning.
Our mission: To inspire all people to love and protect birds, wildlife, and the natural environment upon which life depends.
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