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Wings & Wildlife art show returns to National Aviary

 

National Aviary in enamel and sand by artist Johno Pascak.

After a 10-year hiatus, the Wings & Wildlife Art Show, presented by Mascaro, returns to the National Aviary, bringing a carefully selected array of beautifully crafted wildlife art for Aviary visitors to enjoy and the opportunity to purchase unique hand-made works inspired by nature.

This two-day juried show and marketplace will feature original paintings by South Pittsburgh artist Johno Pascak, and will showcase the work of 46 locally and nationally known wildlife artists working in paint, photography, textiles, jewelry, metal, ceramics, paper, wood and more.

The Wings & Wildlife Art Show runs Saturday and Sunday, November 7 and 8 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and is included in the price of National Aviary admission. An opening Black Tie Soirée and Benefit Auction will be held Friday, Nov. 6.

Wings and Wildlife was an annual event at the National Aviary for more than 20 years, drawing thousands of visitors each year. Back by popular demand, this year's show has drawn participating artists from Pennsylvania, New York, Maryland, Ohio and Colorado. Anticipation for the event began building earlier this year, with the unveiling of an original enamel and sand painting by Johno. Titled National Aviary, this vibrant painting celebrates Johno's love of Pittsburgh, and features many of the National Aviary's most iconic and popular birds.

"My first public art exhibit was in 1988, at what was then called the Pittsburgh Aviary Wings & Wildlife Art Show," says Johno. "I met my wife at the Aviary, as she's also a great artist, and around that time my work took off. It's an honor to be back as the featured artist for the return of Wings & Wildlife."

His work includes many of the city's most famous landmarks, people, and icons. Johno also creates colorful and energetic paintings depicting nature's flora and fauna.

"We are delighted to bring this much-loved event back to Pittsburgh," says National Aviary Managing Director Cheryl Tracy. "This is a celebration of nature, of wildlife, and of the creativity of the artists and makers who will be sharing their work with us."

The Wings & Wildlife show and marketplace is open to the public November 7 and 8, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and is included in general admission of $14 adults; $13 seniors; $12 children ages 2-12. Tickets to the show opening Black Tie Soirée and Benefit Auction are $100 per person, and are available by calling Ted Bartlett at ted.bartlett@aviary.org.

For more information, log on to http://www.aviary.org or call 412-258-9433.

 

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