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Audubon de México’s Wild Arts Festival Happening at Instituto Allende

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By April Gaydos

Audubon de México’s Wild Arts Festival takes place on Thursday, March 21 in the beautiful garden setting of Instituto Allende Escuela de Arte.

The event features original works of nature-inspired art, live music, light appetizers, a welcome drink, and a no-host bar. A raffle ticket to enter a drawing for a specially selected work of art is included in the price of admission. (Audubon members receive two tickets.)

Proceeds from the Wild Arts Festival will benefit Audubon’s Niños y Naturaleza program, which blends the natural sciences with creative arts, gardening, and outdoor adventures to help local 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.

“Celebrating Nature as a Work of Art,” the festival theme, draws us into the world of nature as seen through an artist’s eyes and explores the timeless relationship between art and nature.

More than 50 original small works have been created for this event by local artists; each uses a 10-inch by 10-inch base for their individual paintings, mixed-media, glass, metal, clay, assemblage, jewelry or photography. These works will be sold through a silent auction with each piece starting at US$100US/1,900 pesos.

The students at the Escuela de Educación Especial constructed five wooden benches for sale through silent auction. Artists have transformed each bench into a work of art to decorate your garden or home.

To add a little intrigue to the event and to allow the art to speak for itself, all of the above works will be sold anonymously; the artist’s name will be revealed only after the work is purchased, although it’s possible that you may recognize the work, as many notable artists have contributed to the festival.

A gorgeous handmade quilt entitled “Frida and Amigos,” was created by San Miguel Quilters, a local collaboration of talented textile artists who used colorful Mexican-inspired fabrics from Abrazos San Miguel.

In addition, students in Audubon’s Ninos y Naturaleza program painted 36 hand-carved walking sticks for sale at a set price of US$25/500 pesos. The students volunteered to paint and donate their masterpieces to the Festival to help support their school gardens, field trips and workshops.

Musical artists, Ruben Garcia and Francisco Hermosilla, will perform gypsy and standard jazz.

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.

For more details about the event and Audubon’s environmental and community stewardship programs, visit Audubon’s website at


“Audubon de México Wild Arts Festival”

Thu, Mar 21, 5-7pm

Instituto Allende Escuela de Arte y Espanol

Ancha de San Antonio 22

200 pesos Audubon members

250 pesos non-members


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