Artist and Entrepreneur Baron Batch Named Featured Artist for 2016 Wings & Wildlife Art Show & Marketplace


04/07/2016

April 7, 2016 (PITTSBURGH, PA) –   The work of artist and entrepreneur Baron Batch, who dubs his art style as Pop-X: a blend of pop art and expressionism, was announced today as the featured artist for the National Aviary’s 2016 Wings & Wildlife Art Show and Marketplace taking place November 4-6, 2016.

Batch’s bold paintings — described as spontaneously rough, colorful, edgy and youthful — will instill a new energy into the popular event, which attracts artists working in a variety of mediums, including oil, watercolor and ink; photography; metalwork; textiles; jewelry; paper; clay and pottery.  The exhibition weekend includes an opening black tie soiree on November 4, followed by a two-day public show November 5 and 6. Samples of Batch’s work can be viewed at http://pop-x.com/.

"I toured the Aviary and became more aware of the vital role they play in species conservation and was reminded of the importance we have as humans to respect the rest of the planet,” says Batch. “Getting to inject my art into something like the Wings and Wildlife art show hopefully directs the eyes of a new audience to a problem that we must all work together to begin to remedy. I am honored to call myself a Pittsburgh artist at this time because of organizations like the National Aviary that are not only creating an impactful change on the global front in species preservation, but also growing the region by opening doors to artists like myself to use our creative abilities to join forces for a common good."

Now in its second year following a 10-year hiatus, the Wings & Wildlife Art Show and Marketplace brings a carefully selected array of beautifully crafted wildlife art for National Aviary visitors to enjoy and purchase. Several thousand visitors are expected over the weekend. The 2015 show featured more than 30 artists from 5 states.

“Wings & Wildlife is a celebration of nature, wildlife, and of the inspiration and skill of the artists who will share their work with us,” says National Aviary Executive Director Cheryl Tracy. “We are thrilled to have Mr. Batch sharing his artistic vision with our visitors and believe that the energy and power of his paintings truly help us convey the beauty of our natural world and the creatures with whom we share this planet.  We invite everyone to come out to see his work in November, as well as the many wonderful pieces created by the artists participating in Wings & Wildlife 2016.”

The National Aviary is accepting artist applications for participation in the upcoming Wings & Wildlife Art Show and Marketplace.  Artists must submit a completed application and three images of their art to artshow@aviary.org, plus  a $20 application fee. Details can be found at www.aviary.org/artshow. DEADLINE for submission is April 30, 2016.  Artists will be selected by a jury panel.

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About the National Aviary
The National Aviary is America’s only independent indoor nonprofit zoo dedicated exclusively to birds. Located in West Park on Pittsburgh’s historic North Side, the National Aviary’s diverse collection comprises 500 birds representing more than 150 species from around the world, many of them threatened or endangered in the wild. The National Aviary’s large walk-through exhibits create an intimate, up-close interaction between visitors and free-flying birds, including opportunities to hand-feed and to meet many species rarely found in zoos anywhere else in the world. Hours of operation are 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. daily. For admission rates and more information visit www.aviary.org.

About Baron Batch, Artist + Entrepreneur

Originally from West Texas, Baron is now a Pittsburgh-based artist and painter. Baron is also Creative Director of Studio A.M., an unconventional event venue which is also home to his creative agency and art gallery. Studio A.M. is located just outside of Pittsburgh in Homestead, PA. Baron has incubated a community of creative collectives around his concepts. His famous weekly "Sunday Brunch" events, held at Studio A.M., encourage his guests to join in the unique of experience food + art + music. Baron's devoted following also revel in his "art drop" concept -- where he leaves FREE art pieces around the city for art lovers to find and then keep, via clues on his social media posts. For more information on Studio A.M. and Baron's art, visit: www.studio-am.com and www.pop-x.com.