Brent Cooke

Brent Cooke

"As an artist specializing in wildlife, I am constantly approached by a wide range of organizations seeking support for their own various causes. When I became a member of AFC however, I realized this organization was of a quite different nature.  Yes, it raised money to support the organization itself, but it went that one step further… encouraging member artists to donate a portion of their sales for conservation-centered charitable groups of their own choosing. AFC’s philosophy and unique approach to cross-organizational support is the major factor behind my desire to renew my support as an AFC Festival Patron."

Born in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, Brent has lived in the Pacific Northwest most of his life, mainly on Vancouver Island.  Having discovered a love of carving at a young age, Brent created wood relief and figures, stone carvings, fine detail decoys, and then entered the bronze-casting field in recent years.  His work focuses on birds and sea creatures for the most part, with birds of prey being his favorite subject. Brent's use of negative space and ability to capture the essence of movement and interaction of his subjects has been widely complimented by art lovers at galleries and shows. 

 

 

Patrons

Clone of Joyce Trygg

Cher Anderson

BOD, Signature Member

Cher Anderson was born in 1962, in Kingston, New York, raised in Mexico City and greatly influenced by the culture and the country's vast number of pioneering artists such as Frida Kahlo, David Alfaro Siqueiros, Guillermo Zuñiga and so many more, both present and past. During her teenage years, she was relocated to Texas where she began showing an interest in fine arts, mostly painting. Through self-instruction, she achieved having several one-woman shows including an invitation to the City of Chihuahua, Mexico by the governor, where she had a one woman exhibit in 1989. 

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Joyce Trygg

Joyce Trygg

Advisor, Signature Member

Joyce Trygg was born in Antigonish and as a child she lived close to nature at Cross Roads, Country Harbour in Nova Scotia. She surrounded herself with every animal she could adopt and find a place for in her family's small home . These pets were her first "models". Joyce drew constantly throughout her childhood and art was one of her majors in high school. She later attended Douglas College where she drew, painted, sculpted and studied Art History. While she raised her family she continued to draw and paint animals as a hobby, especially studies of horses, dogs and cats. 

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Brent Cooke

Brent Cooke

Patron

"As an artist specializing in wildlife, I am constantly approached by a wide range of organizations seeking support for their own various causes. When I became a member of AFC however, I realized this organization was of a quite different nature.  Yes, it raised money to support the organization itself, but it went that one step further… encouraging member artists to donate a portion of their sales for conservation-centered charitable groups of their own choosing.

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Joyce Trygg

Joyce Trygg

Patron, AFC Circle of Patrons

“As an artist and Signature Member of AFC, I have felt so honored to be in the company of such incredible artists, but I am most proud to be a part of the organization for its unique role in advancing the conservation cause through the arts.”

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Cher Anderson

Cher Anderson

Champion, AFC Circle of Patrons

“My need to be a part of an organization that provides support in conserving earth’s beautiful and amazing creatures for my grandchildren and their children to meet in their lifetime is a driving force. When my grandson talks of dinosaurs and I hear the awe in his voice, I realized I could help make sure that his children do not talk about elephants and giraffes the same way without ever seeing one alive. This excellent organization and the people who are becoming family to me, is the best vehicle to achieve our common goal."

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Priscilla Baldwin

Priscilla Baldwin

Ambassador, AFC Circle of Patrons

“The mission statement of the Art Institute I founded 20 years ago at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, and that of Artists for Conservation, are virtually identical. “Conservation through Art Education” and “Conservation: the Gift of Life” are equally applicable to both organizations."

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Brent Cooke

Brent Cooke

Director; Signature Member

Brent is an award-winning bronze artist and world-authority on museum exhibits. A marine biologist by education, Brent's background includes underwater photography, TV and film production and large-scale cultural and natural history projects for museums and cultural institutions,

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Dr. Robert Butler

Dr. Robert Butler

Advisory Board; Signature Member

Dr. Rob Butler is an ornithologist, author, and artist. He holds a graduate degree from Simon Fraser University (MSc) and the University of British Columbia (PhD). He spent 40 years mostly with the Canadian Wildlife Service as a biologist and then a scientist researching birds. Rob is an adjunct professor of Biological Sciences at Simon Fraser University and has published over 140 works for scientific and popular audiences. He has scores of appearances on television, radio and in newspapers on bird related storiees.

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