Inspired by nature: Wild Arts Fest kickstarts the holidays this weekend
Susan Sokol Blosser, Oregon's pioneering winery owner at Sokol Blosser Winery, has a new book out — all about her life, through food and wine.
In "The Vineyard Years: A Memoir With Recipes," Sokol Blosser explores her challenges over the past four decades as a female entrepreneur, her connection to the fertile land in the ever-changing Willamette Valley, and her thoughts on environmental issues from climate change to sustainable business practices.
Sokol Blosser is one of 37 local authors who'll be on hand Nov. 18-19 at the 37th annual Wild Arts Festival, hosted by the Audubon Society of Portland.
Now a cheery tradition that kick-starts the holiday gift-shopping season, the festival is more than a book-shopping event.
It's a showcase of local art and talent and celebration of nature and sustainability in the arts.
Here's what to expect:
• Art — 67 artists (jewelry, painters, textiles and more), 18 of whom are new this year. Each must feature nature or wildlife as a subject, natural materials as a medium, and art promoting environmental sustainability.
• Books — 37 authors will sign books and chat with attendees. Authors include Grant McComie with his newest book, "Oregon Adventures With Kids," and New York Times best-selling children's author Nancy Tillman.
• Education about birds — Audubon's birds will be on site to give kids and adults an up-close look at these wildlife ambassadors.
• 6x6 Wild Arts Project — Each year, 200 local artists paint a bird theme on a donated 6-inch-by-6-inch canvas. Each piece will be sold to bidders for $45, with all proceeds supporting conservation, environmental education and wildlife rehabilitation work at Portland Audubon.
• Kids' activities — Storytelling, face-painting and a visit from the education bird will happen from noon-3 p.m. Sunday.
• Happy hour — New this year, attendees can enjoy wine, beer and light fare available for purchase from 3-6 p.m. Saturday, along with live music by Stephanie Schneiderman.
Check it out:
WHAT: 37th annual Audubon Society of Portland Wild Arts Festival
WHEN: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 18; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 19
WHERE: Montgomery Park, 2701 N.W. Vaughn St.
MORE: Tickets are $8; kids 14 and under are free, online or at the door; visit wildartsfestival.org