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Portland Audubon’s Wild Arts Festival Goes Virtual Nov. 14–22

40th anniversary event celebrates nature in the work of regionally and nationally known artists and writers.

Presented by Portland Audubon October 23, 2020

Celebrate nature, the arts, and the art of nature virtually at this year's Wild Arts Festival.

Mark your calendars! Wild Arts Festival—The Northwest's premier show and sale of nature-related art and books—is going virtual for its 40th year, just in time to kick-start holiday shopping Nov. 14–22.

Something for everyone, all week long

This year’s free virtual Festival will highlight 50 artists, 20 authors, and live and silent auctions—all taking place online at WildArtsFestival.org. Find the perfect gift or something for yourself, with proceeds benefiting Portland Audubon’s education and conservation efforts.

Getting the party started

Join the Festival’s free Virtual 40th Celebration event on Saturday, Nov. 14, at 5 p.m. This live program will celebrate the incredible community that has shaped the Wild Arts Festival for more than four decades. And you’ll have the opportunity to bid on unique art items in an exciting live auction!

Visit the online marketplace, enter to win!

One lucky attendee will win an amazing raffle item this year: a pair of Swarovski EL 10x42 “Swarobright” binoculars valued at $1,600! Only 400 tickets at $25 each will be available, so you have a very good chance to win these incredible optics! Raffle tickets will be available Nov. 11–22 or until all are sold.

Artists Marketplace

You are sure to discover something rare and wonderful in the online marketplace. Premier Northwest artists will present a wide variety of work, from unique glass-and-metal insects by Sean Goddard to the block prints of Yoshiko Yamamoto and palm-size felted wool birds by Claudia Paillao. Admire and purchase art from regional artists including jewelry designers, painters, printmakers, and sculptors, plus glass, wood, fiber art, and ceramic artists.

You’ll also have a chance to virtually visit some of the artists’ studios and see demonstrations of their process.

Book Fair

Book lovers will find their favorite authors (and future favorites) participating in the virtual Book Fair. You’ll discover some of the best local and regional authors specializing in nature, birds, hiking, history, books for kids, and books that illuminate living in Oregon and the Pacific Northwest.

Interactive presentations and panels

Wild Arts Festival presents three live author panel discussions on Saturday, Nov. 14, and Sunday, Nov. 15:

Author Panel 1: Colin Meloy, Carson Ellis, and Nikki McClure, moderated by Helen Raptis, Emmy Award–winning host of KATU TV’s AM Northwest.
Author Panel 2: John Marzluff, Dan Mathews, and Lee Van der Voo, moderated by author Gloria D. Brown.
Author Panel 3: Molly Hashimoto and Zoe Burke in conversation.

Online Silent Auction

Here, you’ll find beautiful framed pictures, jewelry, and outdoor gear, plus gift certificates for vacation lodging, exotic trips, and restaurants. Peruse the items from the comfort of your couch, make your bid, and cross your fingers—or “Buy It Now”. If you’re looking for a perfect holiday gift, you’re likely to find it here.

Mark your calendar, tell a friend

It’s a full week of celebrating nature through the arts, presented by Backyard Bird Shop. Expect this year’s festival to be filled with the same warmth and delight you’ve become accustomed to (only virtually)!

Find out more about the Festival, register for the virtual 40th anniversary celebration, and check out all the latest information at WildArtsFestival.org.

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