Nur­tur­ing Na­ture

The three-day-long Artists for Con­ser­va­tion Fes­ti­val re­turns to Van­cou­ver for its ninth year.

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The 2019 Artists for Con­ser­va­tion Fes­ti­val— show­cas­ing more than 94 paint­ings and sculp­tures for sale by es­teemed AFC na­ture and wildlife artists—will be held at the Vandusen Botan­i­cal Gar­den. One of the world’s lead­ing non­profit artist groups sup­port­ing the pro­tec­tion of our planet and its wildlife, Artists for Con­ser­va­tion was founded in 1997 by Cana­dian artist, au­thor, bi­ol­o­gist and soft­ware en­gi­neer Jeff Whit­ing. Mem­bers of this group can be found across the world in nearly 30 coun­tries, mak­ing up 500 tal­ented na­ture and wildlife artists in to­tal.

Run­ning Septem­ber 27 to 29, the ex­hi­bi­tion and sale cel­e­brates its ninth year with a wide range of artists in the lineup, in­clud­ing Cher An­der­son, Tammy Tay­lor, Joyce Trygg, Lynn Waltke, Candy Mc­man­i­man, Colin Starke­vich, Suzanne Bar­rett Justis and Rick Wheeler, among many oth­ers. In ad­di­tion, artists like Mary Erick­son have par­tic­i­pated in pre­vi­ous shows. Each work of art sup­ports a con­ser­va­tion or­ga­ni­za­tion of the in­di­vid­ual artist’s choice, and at least 40 per­cent of pro­ceeds from all art­work sales ben­e­fits con­ser­va­tion and en­vi­ron­men­tal ed­u­ca­tion.

Two acrylics by An­der­son were ju­ried into the 2019 fes­ti­val, Stel­lar Ap­pear­ance, de­pict­ing a steller sea lion at the har­bor in Se­ward, Alaska, and Touch, showing two moun­tain lion cubs play­fully paw­ing at each other. An­der­son ex­plains that see­ing a steller sea lion, also known as a north­ern sea lion, is a rare oc­cur­rence. “[It] was amaz­ing in it­self. I pho­tographed him, and it ap­peared he spoke

to me. He stayed and posed for me for a while. The steller sea lion is pro­tected un­der both the En­dan­gered Species Act and the Marine Mam­mal Pro­tec­tion Act... It seemed to be an ap­pro­pri­ate sub­ject for the Artists for Con­ser­va­tion en­try.” She ex­plains how Touch came to be: “I pho­tographed these two cute moun­tain lion cubs play­ing in the au­tumn col­ors and leaves in Mon­tana. The amaz­ing

agility of these beau­ti­ful crea­tures and their play­ful­ness is ev­i­dent from the very young age of three months as they dis­cover their sur­round­ings. I found the con­trast of col­ors and the back­ground made it ir­re­sistible as a sub­ject...i love the con­cept of them barely touch­ing as if they were ask­ing each other if it was safe to take that small leap.”

Pro­grams held through­out the event in­clude live artist demon­stra­tions and pre­sen­ta­tions, mu­sic and cul­tural per­for­mances, as well as screen­ings of en­vi­ron­men­tal doc­u­men­taries. An open­ing re­cep­tion will be held on Thurs­day, Septem­ber 26, at the Vandusen Botan­i­cal Gar­den from 7 to 10 p.m.

Suzanne Bar­rett Justis, The Gray Ghost, oil on can­vas, 48 x 48”

Mary Erick­son, Catch­ing the Rain, oil on panel, 5 x 3”

Rick Wheeler, The Early Morn­ing Hunt, scratch­board, wa­ter­color and oil, 10 x 8”

Colin Starke­vich, Into Fo­cus, oil on can­vas, 48 x 30”

Candy Mc­man­i­man, Kings and One Wooly Bear, acrylic, 8 x 24”

Cher An­der­son, Stel­lar Ap­pear­ance, acrylic on board, 18 x 24”

Tammy Tay­lor, No­ticed, oil, 18 x 24”

Lynn Waltke, Death By Beauty, casques, poach­ers, traf­fick­ers, acrylic and oil on can­vas, 16 x 20”

Joyce Trygg, The Next Gen­er­a­tion, acrylic, 30 x 30”

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