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At AFC, our vision is to lead a global artistic movement that inspires individuals and organizations to preserve and sustain our natural heritage by uniting the talent and passion of the world’s most gifted nature artists. This blog has been created as a means for AFC leadership to share thoughts and expertise about topics relating to art and conservation, featuring regular articles by AFC President, Jeff Whiting, and a range of guest bloggers.

Posted on Friday, January 9, 2015 by AFC
Artists for Conservation

2014 was another very exciting year in the growth and development of the world's leading artist group supporting the environment - Artists for Conservation. We saw a new Flag Expedition, AFC's 7th exhibit and 4th festival, a new annual event pilot in South Florida, a group expedition to the Caymans, a conservation symposium, the establishment of International Bear Day, a new Christmas exhibit and much more, not the least of which was another beautiful hardcover book and wall calendar.

Following is a brief recap of highlights from 2014...

AFC's 15th Flag Expedition

In April, AFC artist Patricia Latas journeyed to a remote Island in New Zealand to study the critically endangered Kakapo the world's only flightless species of parrot. The species is on the brink with less than 100 individuals in existence and none in captivity. If you haven't done so, be sure to read Pat's blog about this fascinating and urgent project to save a species from extinction.

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Posted on Saturday, December 13, 2014 by AFC
Artists for Conservation

Only weeks after the AFC Festival at Grouse Mountain, AFC made an encore appearance at OpenRoad Infiniti in Langley, BC - approximately 45 minutes from Vancouver. Free to the community, the public had one last chance to admire purchase work from the exhibit before it headed on tour to Arizona. Accompanying the four-day exhibit was live music by guitarist John Gilliat, live birds of prey from OWL Rehabilitation Society, and a chance to mingle with some of the artists.

Posted on Friday, December 12, 2014 by AFC
Artists for Conservation

On December 12th, 2004, revered artist, conservationist. Simon Combes was tragically killed by a charging Cape buffalo while hiking near his home in Kenya. Simon was widely respected as a man of superb artistic talent, as a brilliant communicator, writer, instructor, world-traveler, painter, and as a steward of our planet. We were honoured to have had him as a member of Artists for Conservation.

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Posted on Tuesday, November 18, 2014 by AFC
Artists for Conservation

After a successful fourth annual Artists for Conservation Festival, the organization announced today the world-class art exhibit will make an encore appearance at OpenRoad Infiniti in Langley starting November 27. Free to the community, guests will have one last opportunity to admire purchase some of the latest original artworks by leading nature and wildlife artists from around the world. Accompanying the four-day exhibit will be live birds of prey, music, and a chance to mingle with some of the artists.

Posted on Thursday, November 13, 2014 by AFC
Artists for Conservation

Last month, AFC completed its 4th annual Artists for Conservation Festival, celebrating nature's beauty and diversity with a spectacular art exhibit and a host of inspiring art and environmental education programs. The event welcomed public of all ages with a variety of interests - fine art, environment and conservation.

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Posted on Wednesday, November 12, 2014 by AFC
Artists for Conservation

Australian AFC artist, Stephen Jesic recently won International Artist Magazine's Grand Prize for wildlife and was lauded with feature articles in both International Artist and American Art Collector Magazines.

International Artist Magazine celebrates artists who demonstrate a high level of artistic talent and dedication to a specific medium and subject.

Posted on Wednesday, November 12, 2014 by Kitty Harvill
Artists for Conservation

AFC artist Kitty Harvill set out earlier this year with the goal of inspiring artists to support each other and raising the profile of endangered species. She created a Facebook group that involved an art challenge to her followers, of creating one painting each week featuring wildlife and nature. The public Facebook group, named 52 WEEKS - Nature Painting Challenge, began with just nine members and through the year she has seen the group grow to over 200 participants, experienced and novice, from four continents.

Posted on Wednesday, November 5, 2014 by AFC
Artists for Conservation

Nova Southeastern University (NSU) announced that Guy Harvey and the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation are providing a generous financial gift that will allow students, faculty and staff at NSU's Oceanographic Center to enhance their research and academic program and also to provide scholarships to undergraduate and graduate students studying marine science.

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Posted on Thursday, October 23, 2014 by Jeffrey Whiting
Artists for Conservation

Bears are iconic symbols and charismatic ambassadors for BC's wilderness. Given this, with so much talk and controversy in the media about B.C.'s upcoming bear hunting season opening at the start of October, we thought it made sense to focus on bears at the second annual BC Conservation Symposium. The goal was to help the science to reach the public and stimulate unpoliticized dialogue around the best use of this incredible resource.

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Posted on Sunday, October 19, 2014 by AFC
Artists for Conservation

Following the creation of a life-sized Columbian Mammoth in bronze, AFC bronze sculptor Chris Navarro has taken on another big challenge.

‘'Essence of Rex" is a life-sized T-rex founded in bronze. At 28 feet long, 13 feet hight and 7 feet across, the sculpture weighs 5500 lbs . The sculpture is even more noteworthy in that one side is a skeletal representation, while the other side is fleshed out with muscle and skin.

Posted on Friday, November 29, 2013 by AFC

This past fall, AFC launched the 3rd annual Artists for Conservation Festival, celebrating nature's beauty and diversity with a spectacular art exhibit and a host of inspiring art and environmental education programs. The event welcomed public of all ages with a variety of interests - fine art, environment and conservation. It also brought together over forty AFC artists, a small army of dedicated volunteers, and supporters including RE/MAX, Deeley Harley Davidson Canada, our gracious host, Grouse Mountain and many other supporters and patrons.

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