The Audubon Society of Portland will host the 31st year of the Wild Arts Festival from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Nov. 19 and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Nov. 20 at Montgomery Park, 2701 N.W. Vaughn in Portland. Admission is $6 for adults, those 16 and under are admitted free of charge.
The Wild Arts Festival celebrates nature in the work of regionally and nationally known artists and writers and has become the Northwest's premiere show and sale of nature related art and books.
The festival will feature more than 70 artists and 30 authors in a festive atmosphere with the opportunity to purchase works and interact with the artists. Local artists involved in the show include Lori Presthus and Molly Reeves
Weekend highlights include:
* A book signing of the new edition of 'Wild in the City,' the guide by Michael C. Houck and M.J. Cody.
* A book signing of 'Wildwood,' the debut novel of children's author Colin Meloy.
* Former Gov. Barbara Roberts will be at the book fair with her newly published autobiography, 'Up the Capitol Steps,' a personal and political memoir by Oregon's first and only woman governor.
* Portland award-winning author Ursula K. Le Guin will be signing copies of her recent book, 'Out Here,' along with her collection of novels, short stories, children's books and poetry.
* The Wild Art 6x6 project in which 200 artists paint a bird theme on a donated 6x6 inch canvas for sale at the festival for $40. These always sell out!
* A silent auction of more than 100 items.
* The Audubon educational birds, live and up close.