Join Audubon de México at the Wild Arts Festival
By April Gaydos
Audubon de México is hosting its first annual Wild Arts Festival art exhibition in the beautiful garden setting of Instituto Allende Escuela de Arte, Ancha de San Antonio 22. The event includes music, a welcome drink, and no-host bar. Proceeds benefit Audubon’s Niños y Naturaleza environmental and community stewardship program.
Wild Arts Festival
With Audubon de México
Thu, Apr 6, 5–7pm
Instituto Allende Escuela de Arte y Español
Ancha de San Antonio 22
100 pesos donation at the door
The festival theme, Celebrating Nature as a Work of Art, draws us into the world of nature as seen through an artist’s eyes and explores the timeless relationship between art and nature: art as storyteller, messenger, and gateway to our emotional connection to the elements of the natural world.
We are pleased to present 40 original works of art, which have been created for the festival by local artists. Each artist has used a 10”x10” wood box as a canvas, frame, or base for his or her individual painting, mixed-media, glass, metal, clay, assemblage, jewelry, or photography. These works will be offered for sale at $100 USD/2,000 pesos each, on a first-come, first-served basis.
Also featured is a silent auction sale of five wooden benches, which artists have transformed into a work of art by painting, carving, or embellishing them with mosaics that will fit perfectly in a garden or interior setting. The four-foot benches were built by students of the Escuela de Educación Especial who are learning the art of woodworking from skilled craftsmen. Starting bids range from US$150/4,000 pesos to USD$500/10,000 pesos.
To add intrigue to the event and to allow the art to speak for itself, all of the above works will be sold anonymously with the artist’s name revealed only after the work is purchased. However, it’s very possible that you will recognize many of the works as they have been created by many notable artists whose art can be seen in local galleries and exhibitions.
Several works from the estate of artist and monoprint master Karen Von Felten will also be showcased at the event. Karen passed away two years ago, and we are honored to present her nature-themed work at the festival, which will be available for purchase through silent auction.
In addition to the fine art, we will have 50 whimsical papel maché birds constructed especially for the Wild Arts Festival by artists of Hermes Arroyo’s San Miguel workshop. Hermes, a skilled artisan in the art of Mexican papel maché and the maker of San Miguel’s famous mojigangas, has volunteered his time to guide students of Audubon’s Niños y Naturaleza program in painting the birds. The students volunteered to paint a bird and to donate their masterpieces to the Festival. Each is made with love and care and available for adoption for USD$25/500 pesos.
Musical artists, Hopalong and Rolando, a guitar duo performing classical, tangos, boleros, salsa, and jazz, will contribute to the atmosphere of celebration amidst the fountains, trees, and flowers of the Instituto’s garden. Bar service will be provided by Carne Vino Grill, located in the Instituto. If you would like to enjoy dinner there following the event, the restaurant is offering a 10 percent discount to Festival attendees.
This will be an event you don’t want to miss! Come to view the art and mingle with the artists. If you choose to make a purchase, know that you have not only invested in a one-of-a-kind piece of art, but that your money will go a long way in supporting Audubon’s Niños y Naturaleza program. Purchases may be made by cash, check, or credit card payment through PayPal. Join us on Thursday, April 6, 2017, from 5–7pm.
Audubon de México is a nonprofit environmental organization working locally to foster connections to nature through experiences that arouse wonder, curiosity, enjoyment, and recognition of humanity’s role as stewards of our earth and community.
Our Niños y Naturaleza program leads public school students, parents and teachers, on a three-year journey of discovering the world of nature through the eyes of a bird. This program blends the natural sciences with creative arts, gardening, and outdoor adventures to help our youth form a caring connection with nature and the values and skills that will empower them to become active contributors to a healthy, sustainable society—for the sake of their future and for nature itself.