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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 Saturday, October 3, 2020 by AFC
Artists for Conservation

Vancouver, British Columbia – (Oct 3, 2020) -  Artists for Conservation (AFC) is excited to announce the launch of the 2020 Virtual Exhibit on its online gallery, showcasing original paintings and sculptures for sale in support of conservation, from its latest annual exhibit. The unveiling coincides with the 10th annual Artists for Conservation Festival, running October 1-4 at the VanDusen Botanical Garden in Vancouver, Canada. 

This year’s exhibit features 200 artworks by 168 artists from 17 countries. At least 40% of proceeds from artwork sales benefits conservation and environmental education, and each artwork is dedicated to supporting a conservation organization of the artist's choice.

AFC Founder and President Jeff Whiting explains, "For our 10th anniversary Artists for Conservation Festival, and in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we wanted to expand our virtual exhibit both technologically and...

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Posted on Wednesday, March 11, 2015 by AFC
Artists for Conservation

In March, AFC wrapped up a very successful tour stop to Tucson's top attraction - the Arizona Sonora Desert Museum (ASDM) - a facility that uniquely combines a zoo, botanical garden, art gallery, natural history museum, and aquarium over 98 acres of desert habitat.The museum also has a large conservation and research program that work towards the conservation of the Sonora Desert region. The museum's Art Institute fosters an appreciation in the use of fine art as a vehicle for conservation awareness and support.

Posted on Friday, March 6, 2015 by AFC
Artists for Conservation

AFC's Dr. Rob Butler was awarded the Vancouver Aquarium's 2015 Murray A. Newman Award for 'Significant Achievement in Aquatic Conservation'.

Posted on Monday, February 16, 2015 by Alison Nicholls
Artists for Conservation

In 2007, Alison Nicholls spent 6 weeks with the Painted Dog Conservation project in Zimbabwe, tracking and sketching highly endangered African wild dogs during her Artists For Conservation Flag Expedition. This is the 1st of a 3-part blog series about the expedition and how the experience changed her art and support for African conservation.

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...

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
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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
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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.

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