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6x6 Wild Art Project

Original pieces of bird-themed art on 6″x6″ canvases.

6x6 Wild Arts Project - James Colhoff Jr

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Big things in small packages - donated artwork to benefit birds!

6x6 Wild Arts Project
A feature of Portland Audubon Society’s
2017 Wild Arts Festival • November 18 & 19

View the 2016 6x6 Submissions!

Paint a bird to help the birds!

Always one of the most popular highlights of the Festival, the 6x6 Wild Arts Project showcases 200 unique works of donated art, each existing within a 6 in. x 6 in. space. These small gems sell out fast, and Festival regulars know to line up early to get first dibs on this exhibit.

You can be one of the select group of 200 by transforming a 6x6 canvas into an imaginative work of art to benefit Portland’s wildlife. As always, the subject is “birds.” Let your imagination take it from there! 

Blick Art Materials is donating the canvases — you create the art. Donated artwork will be exhibited and sold for $45 each at the 2016 Wild Arts Festival at Montgomery Park in Northwest Portland. All proceeds support the conservation, environmental education and wildlife rehabilitation work of the Portland Audubon Society.

How to participate:

  1. Sign out your 6x6 canvas at either Blick store beginning September 6th:
    1115 NW Glisan, Portland, Mon-Sat 9 - 8, Sun 11 - 6
    2710 Cedar Hills Blvd., Beaverton, Mon-Sat 9 - 8, Sun 11 - 6
  2. Paint, assemble, or create your art using your medium of choice. Be creative and have fun with the subject of “Birds.” Be sure to keep artwork within the 6x6 area.
  3. Delicate work (ex. pastel, cut paper) should be submitted with appropriate protection. Do not submit a canvas with wet paint. Give yourself adequate lead time to allow the paint to dry thoroughly.
  4. Print your name clearly on the back of your canvas.
  5. Return your finished canvas along with a completed participation form by October 30 (Sunday) to either Blick store.

In addition to being part of a fun, collective project and supporting an important cause, artists will receive two passes to the Wild Arts Festival and discount coupons for Blick, the Portland Audubon Nature Store and the Backyard Bird Shop.

Artists will be recognized in the Festival program, on the Portland Audubon website, and in the 2016 6x6 video. Watch for your mailing after the October 30 deadline.

New from Blick in 2016!

6x6 Sneak Peek Show
The first 25 pieces of art received at each Blick location will be displayed as part of a 6x6 Sneak Peek Show at that store. Art will go up as it arrives, so submit your work early and then check back often to watch as the show takes shape.

6x6 Artist Reception
Blick will honor participating 6x6 artists this year with a special Artist Reception on October 29. Demos, goodie bags, door prizes and more are planned mark your calendar and get your official invitation when you drop off your art. Download a coupon from Blick here.

Q & A

What if I can’t get to Blick to pick up a canvas?
Blick generously donates canvases for this project but if you are unable to get to a Blick Store, you are welcome to use your own or obtain one elsewhere. Just make sure your artwork is no larger than a 6 in. x 6 in. x 2.5 in. canvas.

How critical is the deadline?
All artwork must be submitted by the October 30th deadline in order to be included on the poster and in the slideshow.

An email reminder will be sent to all who gave a readable email address when signing out canvases from Blick.

What is the purpose of the participation form?
This is the official donation form and must accompany every piece of artwork. It is also the source we use to ensure that artist names are spelled correctly on the poster and slide show. Please print clearly!

Click here to print out a participation form.

Can I submit more than one painting?
Yes! Each year a few people submit two or even three paintings. However, BLICK asks that we limit the donated canvases to one per person. So if you would like to do more than one painting, please plan to purchase the additional canvases.

What happens to any unsold artwork?
Unsold pieces are used in the Audubon education programs or presented as gifts during volunteer recognition events.

See the complete list of artists who participated in the 6x6 this year!

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