4th Annual Indian River Bird & Nature Art Show
October 12-14, 2018

The Pelican Island Preservation Society is hosting the fourth annual Indian River Bird & Nature Art Show in conjunction with National Wildlife Refuge Week, October 14-20, 2018.

This year's event will include the Bird & Nature Art Show with a plein air paint-out at the the Sebastian Art Club adjacent to the North Sebastian Conservation Area, a sunset pontoon boat cruise on the Indian River Lagoon to Pelican Island, and a featured speaker presentation.

Artwork entered in the show and created at the plein-air event will be on display for judging, enjoyment by, and sale to the public in the gallery space located at the Sebastian River Art Club, 1245 Main Street, Sebastian.  Proceeds benefit PIPS and the SRAC.

If you would like to submit artwork for the show, please click here for the art submission application form.  If you would like to "follow" this event, visit our IR Bird & Nature Art Show Facebook page.

Event Schedule

Sebastian River Art Club, 1245 Main Street, Sebastian

  • Art Show - Friday, 6 to 8pm; Saturday, 9am to 5pm; Sunday, 9am to 4pm; free and open to the public

Capt. Hiram's, 1606 Indian River Dr., Sebastian

  • Featured Speaker - Missi Hatfield, National Wildlife Refuges and the Migratory Bird Treaty - 100 Years of Conservation, free/donations accepted, "Ramp Lounge" at Blackfins Riverfront Grill, Saturday, 3:30 to 4:30pm
  • Sunset Wine & Cheese Cruise to Pelican Island onboard Capt. Hiram's "River King," Saturday, 5 to 7pm; $45/person, reservations required.  Reservations may be made using the PayPal online payment service below.  Reservations may also be made by check but must be received by Saturday, October 6, space permitting.  Please make check payable to PIPS and mail to our address here, and include the name(s) of attendees.  Please also "share" your phone number with PIPS when completing the online reservations process so that we may contact you the day of the event, in case of inclement weather/cancellation of the trip.  Refunds will be provided in the event of cancellation only.

Sunset Cruise Online Reservations

Number of persons attending

The video below is a slideshow of photos taken on the Sunset Cruise to Pelican Island, during the 2017 IR Birding Fest & Nature Art show, by PIPS Board member Sandy Peterson.  Wildlife seen on the trip included brown and white pelicans, white and glossy ibis, great blue herons, cormorants, black vultures, wood storks, white egrets, osprey and dolphin.  The tour was lead by Master Naturalist Heather Stapleton.

Sunset Cruise to Pelican Island - 2017 Indian River Birding Fest & Nature Art Show