Beaver Tales Art Exhibit: A Celebration of Beaver Art

Beaver Art

2017 Beaver Tales Art Exhibit and Sale

The Wetlands Conservancy and partners invite you to see nearly 100 artists at six different venues throughout 2017. These shows will highlight the Beaver, our natural ally in conserving Oregon’s wetlands and restoring natural systems.


Beavers, though woefully misunderstood actually create and sustain wetlands that aid in resuscitating our riparian stream habitats. They play a central role in shaping our future as we prepare for the transformations that a warming and changing climate may bring. The Wetlands Conservancy is launching a statewide beaver conservation vision. Our goal is to learn more about how we can work with beaver to conserve and restore natural systems.


Join us on the dates and at the venues shown below to celebrate the beaver and understand the role and benefits wetlands play in Oregon and your community.



Artwork on this page, top to bottom: Night Shift by Jude Welter; Busy Beaver by Tim Turenne; Resting a Moment by Angi Grainger; Chewy by Sue Kramer; Bottom, left to right: Beaver Clan by Mike Mason; Coat of Arms –Tracks, Tail, Teeth by Mariana Mace; Leave it to Beaver by Mike Bergen.



Beaver Tales Example Art

2017 Beaver Tales  Art Exhibit and Sale Events

February 9, 2017 4:00-8:30 pm, open through the month of February
Beaver Tales Exhibit Kickoff and Reception, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR
Events kick off at OSU with a reception, exhibit and sale at the LaSells Stewart Center. The Center will display beaver-themed photographs and art and host presentations/workshops highlighting relevant research from multiple academic disciplines and a reading by Frances Backhouse.

April 7, 2017 5:00-7:00 pm, open through the month of April
International Beaver Day and Beaver Tales Exhibit Reception, 510 Museum and ARTspace, Lake Oswego 
A First Friday opening reception and celebration launches the second exhibit of beaver-themed art at the Arts Council of Lake Oswego’s 510 Museum & ARTspace. The exhibit will continue through the month, and include workshops, tours, and other activities around the city. This exhibit will display original art as well as prints, cards, and other merchandise with beaver/wetland images, all benefitting the Wetland Conservancy. See Corresponding Events

Beaver Tales Partners

Artwork left: Batik Raku Wallplatter by Dave and Bonnie Deal; right: Beaver Dam Grand Teton National Park by Dave McIntire.

May 6, 2017 5:00-7:00 pm, open through the month of May
Evening Art Walk, Seaside, 
The evening Art Walk will feature beavers at the Fairweather Gallery and other locations in town, including pop-up space devoted exclusively to beaver-themed art. Beaver author Frances Backhouse will be available at Beach Books in Seaside to talk about her book, just before the Art Walk Reception. The sale of art at this event will benefit the Wetlands Conservancy, Necanicum Watershed Council, and the North Coast Land Conservancy.
Local conservation groups will host educational workshops throughout May.

May 7, 2017 1:00-3:00 pm
Oregon Zoo, Portland OR
Frances Backhouse reads from her book, Once They Were Hats: In Search of the Mighty Beaver.

June 3, 2017 5:00-8:00 pm, open through the month of June
Art Loft, Astoria, OR, part of Astoria Art Walk
The gallery will feature beaver creations by resident artists along with educational programs. Sales benefit the North Coast Land Conservancy.

August 1, 2017
Month-long Display and Sale of Beaver-Themed Art North County Recreation District Recreation Center, Nehalem, OR
The Lower Nehalem Watershed Council will organize presentations on local beaver conservation projects in the newly renovated auditorium at the center. A percentage of the sale will help support the conservation activities of The Wetlands Conservancy and Lower Nehalem Watershed Council.

September 2017, open through September
Reception, Oregon Zoo Education Center, Portland, OR
The Beaver Tales Art Exhibit will conclude with an exhibit at the Oregon Zoo’s new educational center.

For more information about the Beaver Tales Art Exhibit, contact Sara Vickerman

Beaver Tales Art Example