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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 Wednesday, December 7, 2016 by AFC
Artists for Conservation

AFC Signature Member, Jonathan Truss is deeply concerned about the plight of elephants. Elephants figure in many of Jonathan's paintings, but in his latest, he has attempted a world first - to paint a full-bodied "Big Tusker" elephant life size on canvas! He recently completed the painting, titled 'Tusker's Last Stand' and is using it to raise funds and awareness for elephant conservation.

"Big Tusker" is a term for mature bull elephants. By some estimates, as few as 30 Big Tuskers may remain today, and conservation scientists are warning that it is conceivable that they could be extinct within a human generation.

Following are words from Jonathan about his painting...

"In the time it's taken me to paint this painting 2500 elephants will have been killed by poachers. Last year it is estimated that more than 30,000 elephants were poached illegally. That means one elephant is killed every 15minutes!! Killed for their tusks, which are traded to make jewellery...

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Posted on Thursday, November 17, 2016 by AFC
Artists for Conservation

Stephen Jesic, AFC Signature Member from Australia recently won First Place in the Animal Category at the 2016 ARC Art Renewal Center's Annual International ARC Salon Competition. Stephen's artwork "Jewel of the Amazon" - also featured in AFC's 2016 Virtual Exhibit - placed among the top of some 3,196 entries by over 1300 artists. The Animal Category in the 12th International ARC Salon represents 106 entries out of the 282 works entered into this category.

Posted on Monday, November 14, 2016 by AFC
Artists for Conservation

This September 29 through October 5, AFC completed its 6th 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 Friday, November 11, 2016 by AFC
Artists for Conservation

AFC Signature Member, Anne London recently presented the Botswanan Minister of Environment, Wildlife and Tourism, Tshekedi Khamato, and Botswanan President, Ian Khama two of her original paintings to recognize their courageous efforts to protect Botswana's wildlife for future generations. The artworks illustrate lions, as a representative of all of Africa's wildlife and their struggle to survive against the threats of Wildlife poaching and trophy hunting. The two original paintings are valued at $14,000 USD each.

Posted on Friday, November 11, 2016 by AFC
Artists for Conservation

We’re excited to announce AFC’s latest Flag Expedition – Thar: The Great Indian Desert, featuring Nevada, USA artist Sharon Schafer. Sharon recently embarked on her 3-month expedition to India and can be followed via her blog. Sharon’s expedition represents an exploration of the flora, fauna and landscape of the Thar Desert of Rajasthan. At the invitation of Shri Jasnath Asan, a 500-year-old ashram, in Panchla Siddha, India,

Posted on Monday, November 7, 2016 by AFC
Artists for Conservation

In November, AFC Signature Mary Louise Holt announced the acquisition of her painting titled: The Village of Mariemont, 17th Century, by Chief Glenna Wallace of the Eastern Shawnee Tribe of Oaklahoma. The painting will be on permanent exhibit in the Betty Jane Admussen Museum located in the E.S. Tribe's Cultural Preservation Building.

Posted on Monday, October 17, 2016 by AFC
Artists for Conservation

For this year's Festival, the AFC team once again had the pleasure to work with Canadian violist and composer, Thomas Beckman, following a beautiful live performance at the 2015 gala. This time AFC's Jeff Whiting worked with Beckman to choreograph a slideshow of all 201 original artworks juried into AFC's 2016 exhibit, which Beckman used to compose and record a unique 16 minute piece in high-definition sound. On September 29, 2016, guests at the AFC Festival opening evening at Grouse Mountain, North Vancouver, Beckman performed an abbreviated version of the special commissioned peice.

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Posted on Monday, September 5, 2016 by Guy Combes
Artists for Conservation

As a special feature of the 2016 Artists for Conservation Festival at Grouse Mountain, Vancouver, I am honoured to have the opportunity to allow the public to view my largest and most challenging work yet.

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Posted on Sunday, August 28, 2016 by AFC
Artists for Conservation

It is with sadness that we announce the passing of long-time AFC member (2004), Mel Dobson.

Melvin 'Mel' Wood Dobson passed away July 21, 2016 in St Ignatius, Montana. He was the eighth son, born at home, on November 1, 1934 to Lula and Leon Dobson in Holden, Utah. Holden was his home, on the family farm, until he completed high school.

He was preceded in death by both parents and six brothers; Don, Evan, Myron, Clifford, Earl and Lester Dobson. Mel was a Member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

Posted on Saturday, April 9, 2016 by AFC
Artists for Conservation

New Jersey artist and AFC Signature Member, James Fiorentino was recently honored when his watercolor painting depicting the Black Swallowtail was chosen to represent the State as the official artwork of the new State butterfly.

Posted on Thursday, April 7, 2016 by AFC
Artists for Conservation

AFC Signature Member, Douglas Aja recently donated one of his bronze sculpture (Orphans) recently raised $3,800 for The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust (DSWT). The bronze was auctioned at a fund raising event hosted at London's Landmark Hotel. The piece raised $3,800 for DSWT. 

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