Since its inception, the Pacific Southwest Wildlife Art has remained integral in the promotion, education, and enrichment of wildlife art throughout the region. Lucky for art lovers, the organization's highlight comes to a head each February when the PSWA hosts the "California Open Wildlife Arts Festival" at the Corky McMillin Event Center.
This year's event, scheduled for February 15-16, will feature some of the top carvers and wildlife artists from around the world, including the United States, Canada, Russia, and Japan. Attendees will relish the chance to view carving competitions as well as art exhibits, auctions, and antique decoys—not to mention a youth painting event for your little ones. There also are hundreds of vendors, sporting the latest wildlife art on display as well.
As part of the annual event, the PSWA also selects a featured artist, designated as Carolyn Wolf-Russell for this year's festival. A primarily self-taught artist, Wolf-Russell grew up in a small town in Wisconsin. Armed with nothing more than colored pencils, watercolors, and paint-by-number kits, Wolf-Russell and her brother explored their creativity via the insistence of their mother throughout much of their childhood.
Some of her more notable exhibitions include the San Diego Museum of Natural History as well as one-woman and two-woman shows at various galleries across the state, including Rancho Buena Vista Adobe Museum and Fallbrook Art Center. Her talents have led her to jury multiple art fairs and events throughout southern California and Colorado during her tumultuous career, and attendees will revel the opportunity to view her unmistakable multimedia work.