Wings & Wildlife Opening Soirée & Benefit Auction

Fri. Nov 3, 2017 6:00pm - 10:00pm EDT
21 and Over
Price: $100.00
21 and Over
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Price: $100.00
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Don't miss out! The deadline to purchase tickets for the Wings and Wildlife Opening Soirée and Benefit Auction has been extended for a short time only! RSVP now by purchasing your tickets today. 


 


Join executive director, Cheryl Tracy, featured artist Maria DeSimone Prascak, and live auction emcee Sally Wiggin for an exciting evening at the National Aviary for the Opening Soirée & Benefit Auction!


We are thrilled to host 40 regional and national wildlife artists! Our juried art exhibition and marketplace opens with a first-class fundraiser soiree. Enjoy heavy hors d’oeuvres from Atria’s, the exclusive caterer of the National Aviary, open bar, signature drinks, musical entertainment, birds to meet up close, and silent auction items to complement the exquisite artwork that will fill the building. Be among the first to meet the artists for an opportunity to purchase magnificent works of art prior to the two-day public marketplace.


Throughout the evening, unique Aviary experiences, works of art, and other one-of-a-kind items will be up for bidding during silent and live auctions.


All proceeds benefit the National Aviary’s avian medicine, education, and conservation programs locally and internationally.


All guests must be 21 and over, and able to present a valid ID. NO Exceptions. Tickets are non-refundable.


 


Cocktail Attire


Valet Parking Included


For questions, please contact Ted Bartlett at ted.bartlett@aviary.org or 412-258-9433.


 


About the featured artist:


Pittsburgh artist Maria DeSimone Prascak has been passionate about her art her entire life and is celebrating 35 years in business at Maria's Ideas, perched in the South Side Slopes. Working in acrylics and other media including watercolor, pen and ink, and mixed media, she is inspired by her love of nature, as well as all things magical and fantastical! Maria has been featured in designer show houses, local television shows, newspapers, and national magazines.


Live Auction Items:


 



A one-of-a-kind owl painting from Wings & Wildlife featured artist, Maria DeSimone Prascak


The amazingly talented Maria DeSimone Prascak of Maria’s Ideas made this piece specially for Wings & Wildlife. This large acrylic painting entitled "Moody Owls" features several of the National Aviary's owls. It is sure to bring style and flair to any home!



A week-long stay at Black Skimmer, a paradise home on Virginia’s Eastern Shore


This oasis on Metompkin Bay is located just 20 minutes south of Chincoteague Island. Fall in love with the beautiful views of largest undeveloped coastal wilderness on the east coast, enjoy the marsh, birdwatch, take a midnight stroll under the vast starry sky, and relax!



Dinner prepared by renowned Executive Chef Josef Karst in your home for eight people


Enjoy a delectable seven-course gourmet meal and wine pairings from Atria’s, served in the comfort of your own home.



Atria's Party for Twenty


Good friends and good fun are always best served with great food! Leave that to the experts at Atria's Catering with this two-hour moveable feast complete with delicious fare and beverages for up to 20 people. Be the center of attention for once. You deserve it. Let the hardest part be deciding who to invite! 



A Niagara Falls Valentine's Getaway for Two


Take a romantic Valentine’s Day trip to Niagara Falls. You’ll get to enjoy accommodations overlooking the Falls, a winery tour, tickets to a show, and more.


 


 


Thank you to our Event Sponsors (as of September 1, 2017):


 


Gold Sponsor:


 



 



Silver Sponsors:


Boyd Roll-Off Services, Inc.


Meyer, Unkovic & Scott LLP


WTW Architects


 


Retail Art Material Sponsor:


Blick Art Materials





Featuring Atria's, the exclusive caterer of the National Aviary



 


 Media Sponsors:


iHeartMedia


Lamar Advertising


Pittsburgh Magazine


WHIRL Magazine


 


Participating Artists:


Chandler Beatty       West Middlesex, PA       Painting


Jocelyn Beatty       West Middlesex, PA       Painting


Victoria Bennet Beyer       Pittsburgh, PA       Photography


Melissa Benzinger McGlynn       Stroudsburg, PA       Mixed media; sculpture; textiles


Jessica Botzan       Vandergrift, PA       Photography; sculpture; textiles


Benjamin Bratetich       Bridgeville, PA       Metal; painting; photography; sculpture; watercolor; wood


Daniel Brown       Pittsburgh, PA       Painting; soft pastels; wood


Henry Burdett       Alexandria, VA       Photography


Ashley Cecil       Pittsburgh, PA       Textiles - wearable; painting; stationary and coloring products


Sarah Cohen       Pittsburgh, PA       Glass; jewelry; paperweights


Sheree Daugherty       Pittsburgh, PA       Painting


Maria DeSimone Prasack       Pittsburgh, PA       Painting; mixed media; watercolor; acrylics


Joan DeSimone & Eli Thomas       Avoca,NY       Metal; jewerly; painting


JP Diroll       Allison Park, PA       Photography


Paul Fletcher       Westlake, OH       Painting; sculpture


Megan Gillis       Pittsburgh, PA       Jewelry


Barbara Ivanko       Pittsburgh, PA       Glass - mosaic


Kip Kingchington        Presto, PA       Jewelry; metal


Debbie Maier Jacknin       Pittsburgh, PA       Glass; jewelry; stained glass; mosaics; prints


Bryan Hosko & John Barbiaux       Bethal Park, PA & Mars, PA       Photography


Maria Mangano       Pittsburgh, PA       Mixed media; paper art; printmaking/graphics; watercolor


April Minech       Pittsburgh, PA       Illustrations


David Montgomery       Pittsburgh, PA       Mixed media


Chris & Joe Pagano       Wiconisco, PA       Wood; paint


Laura Palermo       Charleston, SC       Painting; giclee on canvas; prints on metal; art pillows


Ellen Paquette       Warren, PA       Painting


Lynn Patton       Bentleyville, PA       Textiles - art and wearable


Jenny Pope       Ithaca, NY       Ceramics; wood; painting


Johno Prascak       Pittsburgh, PA       Enamel and sand on canvas


Larry Schneider       Carnegie, PA       Mixed media; painting


Molly Sims       Marriotsville, MD       Painting


Terry Smith       Johnstown , PA       Painting


Cindy Strosser       Ford City, PA       Painting


Sherri Thomson       Pittsburgh, PA       Painting; watercolor


James Urbanic       Ellwood City, PA       Wood


Ann Watson       Pittsburgh, PA       Ceramics


Diane Wright       Pittsburgh, PA       Jewelry


Lindsay Wright       Pittsburgh, PA       Mixed media; illustration drawing

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National Aviary 700 Arch Street
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