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 included the Bird & Nature Art Show with a plein air paint-out at the the Sebastian Art Club adjacent to the North Sebastian Conservation Area and a featured speaker presentation. Unfortunately the popular sunset wine and cheese cruise to Pelican Island was canceled. We apologize for that and will perhaps schedule a special cruise this season.

Artwork entered in the show and created at the plein-air event was displayed 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. Thanks to everyone who attended and volunteered to help make this another fun and successful event.

Winning entries in the show can be viewed on the 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

  • Florida Scrub Jay walk with Jane Schnee at the North Sebastian Conservation Area (part of the Great Florida Birding Trail), adjacent to the Sebastian River Art Club, Saturday, 8am, free and no reservations required. Please arrive early as walk starts promptly.

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

  • CANCELED - Sunset Wine & Cheese Cruise to Pelican Island onboard Capt. Hiram's "River King," Saturday, 5 to 7pm; $45/person, reservations required. Due to mechanical problems with the River King, the Sunset Cruise is unfortunately canceled. Anyone who has made a reservation will receive a credit on the credit or debit card used to make your reservation. We apologize for having to cancel this very popular activity and thank you for your support.

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