Into the Wild

The 2012 Friends of Patuxent Wildlife Art Show and Sale Comes to the National Wildlife Visitor Center March 23 – 25

By Annamarya Scaccia


Nature is such a beautiful, mystifying entity. Its expansive, multi-hued scenery is heavily dotted with vast massifs and striking wildlife, offering a landscape that is as ominous as it is awe-inspiring. It is a symbol of peace in a hectic world—one that, despite the occasional tempests and growls, can ground even the most preoccupied. If nothing else, nature is exceptional.

For dedicated environmentalists and occasional admirers, the 2012 Friends of Patuxent Wildlife Art Show and Sale offers the chance to show the ecosystem love through art, film, and activities, all while championing the efforts of the Laurel-based Patuxent Research Refuge and Wildlife Research Center. The three-day event, which is hosted by Friends of Patuxent—the non-profit formed in 1992 to support the Center’s work—will open the evening of Friday, March 23 with a ticket-only Artists’ Reception, where attendees can meet featured artisans, buy nature-inspired artwork, participate in a silent action, and enjoy food & live music. It will be held at the center’s National Wildlife Visitor Center, 10901 Scarlet Tanager Loop in Laurel.

bearThe show & sale will continue at the Visitor Center for free over Saturday and Sunday, featuring wildlife interpretive tram tours and art shows & demonstrations, with live animal displays on Saturday, and stamp design contests for both the Maryland Migratory Game Bird and Black Bear Conservation on Sunday. Both days, which are free and begin at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. respectively, will continue the silent auction.

Additionally, film enthusiasts have the chance on Saturday to view two films from the ongoing Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital: a screening of “Anna, Emma and the Condors,” which tells the story of hope in the middle of climate change and environmental disasters, and the world premiere of “Endangered Hawai’i,” which discusses the state’s high bird extinction rates. Both will be shown with the film, “The History of Patuxent: America’s Conservation Research Story.”


All proceeds from the event will go towards the educational and research programs of the Patuxent Research Refuge and Wildlife Research Center, which is celebrating its 75th year.

For more info, visit

The 2012 Friends of Patuxent Wildlife Art Show and Sale

Friday, March 23, 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Sunday, March 24, 9 a.m. to 4:30 pm.

Sunday, March 25, 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Free (Tickets for Friday’s Artists’ Reception is $40 in advance, $45 at door)

National Wildlife Visitor Center

10901 Scarlet Tanager Loop, Laurel, MD, 20708


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