California Open Wildlife Art Festival

When: February 15 – 16, 2014
Time: 9:30am – 4pm
Where: Corky McMillin Event Center
2875 Dewey Road
NTC Promenade, Liberty Station
San Diego, CA (map)
Phone: (619) 421-1034
More info: Event website

Art Festival Highlights

On February 15 – 16, 2014, more than 150 artists and carvers from parts of the United States, Canada and Japan will compete for awards and exhibit their work at Liberty Station—NTC Promenade, Corky McMillin Event Center, 2875 Dewey Road, San Diego, CA 92106. Ample free parking. Show hours are from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday. The public is invited. Entry donation is $5.00, children under 12 are free.

The event, the 40th annual CALIFORNIA OPEN WILDLIFE ART FESTIVAL, is sponsored by Pacific Southwest Wildlife Arts, Inc. PSWA is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization founded to support and promote wildlife art, particularly the traditional hunting decoy, an original American art form. The show has gained a national reputation as one of the best decoy competitions and wildlife art shows in the country.

Featured Artist, Carolyn Wolf Russell, Multimedia Artist

Carolyn Wolf-Russell is a primarily self-taught artist who grew up in a small town in Wisconsin. Her mother encouraged both her, and her older brother to explore their creativity with boxes of colored pencils, watercolors, and even the infamous paint-by-number kits! When she wasn’t making a mess in the house she was outside with her friends, turning over rocks and exploring the Midwestern landscape with its flora and fauna.

Carolyn is currently a member of the San Diego Visual Artists Guild, and has been a member of the National Wildlife Artists Association, Pacific Southwest Wildlife Association, California Gourd Society, Kern River Valley Artists Association and was a Certified Judge for, and member of the American Gourd Society. She is one of the Founding Members of the Vista Art Foundation, was the Director of the Foundation’s Art Gallery for over two years, and was their Vice President in 2009.

Some of Carolyn’s more notable exhibitions are the San Diego Museum of Natural History, a One Woman, and a two woman show at Rancho Buena Vista Adobe Museum in Vista CA, and the Fallbrook Art Center, Brandon and Pinnell Galleries in Fallbrook CA. She has done numerous juried art fairs and events throughout Southern California and Colorado.

Highlights of this year’s show:

  • World-class carving competition: Wildfowl, Fish and Birds
  • Wildlife artists: exhibits and sales
  • Open to the Public Art Auction
  • Vendors of tools and supplies
  • Antique decoys and appraisals