Wings & Wildlife Opening Soirée & Benefit Auction

Fri. Nov 2, 2018 6:00pm - 10:00pm EDT
21 and Over
Price: $100.00
21 and Over
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Price: $100.00
21 and Over
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Join us for an exciting evening at the National Aviary for the Wings & Wildlife Opening Soirée & Benefit Auction!

Meet talented artists and makers from seven states, including participants in the National Aviary Maker Challenge, an 18-month initiative in which local makers create original pieces inspired by National Aviary birds. 

Our juried art exhibition and marketplace opens with a first-class fundraiser soiree. Your ticket includes heavy hors d’oeuvres from Atria’s, the exclusive caterer of the National Aviary, an open bar, signature drinks, musical entertainment, and impressive birds to meet up close.  

Be among the first to meet the artists for an opportunity to purchase unique hand-made pieces prior to the two-day public marketplace and don't miss the one-of-a-kind items that will be up for bidding during silent and live auctions. 

In addition to Friday night's festivities, your ticket also includes complimentary admission to the National Aviary on Saturday, November 3 and Sunday, November 4th to allow more time to purchase your favorite pieces and find holiday gifts in a wide variety of mediums and price points, all inspired by wildlife and conservation.


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 or 412-258-9433.


Live Auction Items:


Here We Go Steelers! Tailgate and Club Seats for Four

Four club seats and four access passes to the Ford VIP Hospitality tent for the Steelers Vs. Bengals home game on December 30, 2018. Enjoy three hours of food and beverage pregame, plus seats with Club access during the game!

A Nature Adventure at Cave Creek Ranch, Portal, Arizona

Travel from Pittsburgh International Airport to Tucson, Arizona. Enjoy the sights of the southwest as you make your way on a short drive to Portal Arizona and Cave Creek Ranch, home of the Chiricahua Mountain range. Choose from several ranch accommodations and enjoy this 5-night southwest adventure for two, perfect for hiking, enjoying nature, and birdwatching!

A Night with Hamilton!

"Tell the Story of Tonight" with this night to remember for two. After checking into Kimpton Hotel Monaco, enjoy dinner, then stroll over to this year's "revolutionary" Broadway Musical, Hamilton. Accommodation, dinner, and tickets to the show make this package a hit!

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! 

Own a Piece of National Aviary History!

Original 1952 window panes from the Tropical Rainforest have been repurposed and transformed into exquisite, one-of-a-kind, heirloom glass art. These stunning items are custom made for the National Aviary and are extremely limited in quantity. This 4-piece set includes a large Mother Nature's Nesting Bowl, Feather Plate, Playful Sloth Tile, and Flight Sculpture.

Silent Auction Items:

Station Square Experience: Rekindle your love of Pittsburgh's Station Square with a  weekend staycation! A Segway Pittsburgh tour of Downtown, Captain's Dinner Cruise on the Gateway Clipper, and a night's accommodations at the Sheraton make for a complete experience.

Raise the Jolly Roger Experience: Show your Buccos pride with a jersey autographed by Pirates closer, all-star Felipe Vazquez! With four infield tickets to a game during the 2019 regular season (excluding the home opener), you can sport his signature while you watch his pitching prowess firsthand with three of your companions.

Spirited Away Experience: Look to the future of distilling! This Quantum Spirits tasting experience for 10 comes with a t-shirt so you can show your enthusiasm for this new and exciting establishment during your tasting.

Other silent auction packages include gorgeous art by Johno Prascak, Kristin Moger, and Eli Thomas, as well as exclusive National Aviary experiences and other exciting prizes like ski passes!

Thank you to our Event Sponsors (as of September 17, 2018):

Silver Sponsors:
AJ Warhola Recycling, Inc.
Meyer, Unkovic & Scott
Trib Total Media
Vitro Architectural Glass
Weber Group, Inc.
WTW Architects 

Media Sponsors:
Handmade Arcade
Lamar Advertising
Pittsburgh Magazine

Pittsburgh Quarterly
WHIRL Magazine
90.5 WESA
91.3 WYEP

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

Featured Makers:

Jessica Botzan           Vandergrift, PA           Mixed media, Photography, Sculpture, Textiles
Sarah Cohen           Pittsburgh, PA           Glass, Jewelry, Mosaics
Allison Glancey           Pittsburgh, PA           Printing/Graphics, Textiles, Wood, Giftable home goods
Lindsay Huff           Pittsburgh, PA           Jewelry, Metal
April Minech           Pittsburgh, PA           Mixed Media, Painting, Printing/Graphics
Travis Rohrbaugh           Pittsburgh, PA           Glass
Lindsay Wright           Pittsburgh, PA           Mixed Media, Painting, Paper Art, Illustration

Participating Artists:    

Alexandra Abovyan          Pittsburgh, PA          Paper Art
Julia Bacon          Brattleboro, VT          Painting, Printmaking/Graphics, Prints, Notecards, Postcards
Chandler Beatty          West Middlesex, PA           Painting
Jocelyn Beatty           West Middlesex, PA           Painting
Connie Blair           West Newton, PA           Textiles - wearable
Henry Burdett           Alexandria, VA           Photography
Kathryn Carr           Bethel Park, PA           Paper Art
Shelly Cubarney           Zelienople, PA           Ceramics, Jewelry
Sheree Daugherty           Pittsburgh, PA           Painting
Joan DeSimone & Eli Thomas           Avoca, NY           Painting, Metal
Maria DeSimone Prascak           Pittsburgh, PA           Mixed media, Painting, Watercolor
JP Diroll                                       Valenica, PA           Photography
Naomi Edwards           Pittsburgh, PA           Painting, Paper Art, Printmaking/graphics
Gordon Fisher           Pittsburgh, PA           Photography
Anne Frederickson & Melissa Fabian           Pittsburgh, PA           Mixed media, Painting, Colored pencil
Megan Gillis           Pittsburgh, PA           Jewelry
Barbara Ivanko           Pittsburgh, PA           Glass, Stained Glass mosaic
Kip Kinchington           Presto, PA           Jewelry, Metal, Coins
Emily Lasalle and Elizabeth Pasquale           Pittsburgh, PA           Jewelry
Debbie Maier Jacknin           Pittsburgh, PA           Glass, Jewelry, Mosaics, Ornaments, Prints, Cards
Jennifer McBrien           Baltimore, MD           Textiles
Karen McKee           Pittsburgh, PA           Ceramics
Kristin Moger           Gap, PA           Printmaking
Laura Palermo           Charleston, SC Painting, Textiles art, Giclees
Ellen Paquette           Warren, PA           Painting
Johno Prascak           Pittsburgh, PA           Mixed media (paint/enamel/sand)
Michael Raminski & Michael Sage          Vancover, WA        Skeleton leaves
Terry Smith           Johnstown, PA           Painting
Cindy Strosser           Ford City, PA           Painting
Ann Watson           Pittsburgh, PA           Ceramics
Diane Wright           Pittsburgh, PA           Jewelry

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National Aviary 700 Arch Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15212
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