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Nature inspired art, books offered at Wild Art Festival

SUBMITTED PHOTOS - Carol Greiwes jewelry will be for sale at the Wild Art Festival Nov. 21 and 22.

The Audubon Society of Portland will present its 35th annual Wild Art Festival Nov. 21 and 22 at Montgomery Park in Portland. The event celebrates nature in the works of regionally and nationally known artists and writers and is the Northwest’s premier show and sale of nature-related art and books.

The event is the annual fundraiser for the Audubon Society; last year’s festival raised $175,000 for the organization.

All artists and authors have created works that have nature or wildlife as the subject, use natural materials as a medium or promote environmental sustainability. More than 60 artists and 30 authors are presenting their works at the festival.

Artists exhibiting include jeweler Carol Greiwe, woodturner Jim Piper and ceramicist Natalie Warrens.

Greiwe’s jewelry is handmade and original in design. She works primarily in sterling silver sheet metal and wire and uses traditional metalsmith techniques to build her pieces.

An example of Jim Pipers woodturning, which will be exhibited at the festival.

A professional photographer, Piper began turning wood in 2011 and has learned to recognize the nuances of each piece of wood and the different characteristics of various species of wood. He sees woodturning as a way to help a tree live on, even when uprooted from the earth.

Natalie Warrens will show her unique ceramics at the Festival

Warrens works with various firing temperatures, which gives her the opportunity to explore the amazing nature of clay in regard to form and surface decoration. Earthenware or porcelain pieces are bisque-fired, airbrushed withe underglazes and then design details are airbrushed or handpainted onto the surface.

Brian Doyle will showcase his book Martin Marten at Wild Art Festival.

The authors, all from Portland, include novelists Ursula K. Le Guin and Brian Doyle and travel author Adam Sawyer. Doyle will share his book, “Martin Marten” and others; Le Guin will share her most recent book, “Catwings”; and Sawyer will share his book, “Hiking Waterfalls in Oregon.”

The festival also features a silent auction, where attendees can bid on artwork, gifts for naturalists and birdwatchers, and Northwest outings, excursions and weekend getaways.

And don’t miss the 6x6 Wild Art Project. Blick Art Materials donated 200 canvases that have been distributed to local artists to paint bird-themed paintings. These will be offered for sale at the event.

Audubon’s education birds will be on hand throughout the weekend, along with the Audubon Nature Store booth, which will be selling nest boxes. Food and beverages will be available from Montgomery Park’s F&B Café throughout the event.

Festival hours are 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Nov. 21 and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Nov. 22. The event is held at Montgomery Park, 2701 N.W. Vaughn St. in Portland.

Tickets are $8 for adults; ages 16 and younger are admitted free of charge.


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