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The Art of Nature


Sunday, October 7, 2018



This special evening, devoted to art and the environment, is a time to discover local artists inspired by nature, mingle with friends and family and show your support of our mission of wildlife conservation through education, preservation, and rehabilitation.

Come meet our featured artist, enjoy organic wines, gourmet hors d’oeuvres, an amazing dessert bar and unique silent auction items, showcasing local companies, wildlife encounters, eco-artists and the amazing (and often surprising!) talents of our staff and trustees!



Admission is just $50/person and all proceeds support BNC's mission to promote the appreciation and understanding of wildlife conservation through preservation, education, and rehabilitation.


Call us today to make sure your name is on the invitation list.  We hope to see you there!

Featured Artist: Steve Burelison

You may know Steve as the BNC volunteer

who works with our birds of prey, but did

you know that he is also a gifted artist?

Steve is an amazing wood sculptor, carving

mostly in ‘found wood’, primarily found in

local woodlands or as driftwood along rivers

and lakes, but he is always looking for that perfect piece, wherever he is.  Steve combines his love of nature and animals with his gift of being able to see movement within the twists and turns of the grain and shape of the wood.


“I enjoy finding an old piece of wood from the forest floor, scraping away the dirt, rot, and decay, to find the portion inside that wants to continue living in the form of another creature, or sometimes just a form of beauty in the wood itself.  Then, I simply help it out of there and give it everlasting life for someone to enjoy in their home and to pass down to generations to come, or simply just observe and feel."


Steve is an accomplished artist winning many awards at select art shows and in April of this year had the honor of winning second in the world at the prestigious World Championship of Wildfowl Carving, world class division, held each year in Ocean City, MD. Not only will Steve be available to talk one-on-one during the silent auction portions of the event, but he will also give a presentation sharing his artistic passion and his love of animals - he might even have a few bird of prey training stories to share!

“We make a living by what we get, but we make
a life by what we give.” –Winston Churchill

Please contact for ticket information, to sponsor the event, or to donate an auction item. All proceeds support our wildlife programs.