Meet-the-Artists Opening Reception

2023 Meet-the-Artists Opening Reception

Thursday, September 21 | 7pm-10pm

VanDusen Botanical Garden | Visitor Centre

5251 Oak St, Vancouver, BC


You're invited to a unique annual event - Artists for Conservation's 2023 Festival & Exhibit Opening Reception at VanDusen Botanical Garden in Vancouver, BC. 

Experience the excitement of opening night on Thursday, September 21 with internationally renowned wildlife and nature artists visting from near and far. Be among the first to see AFC's annual juried "International Exhibit of Nature in Art" - one of the world's premier nature-inspired art exhibits with partial sales proceeds supporting conservation. The exhibit will feature over 80 original paintings and sculptures for sale by leading AFC nature and wildlife artists. 

This year, AFC will recognize world-renowned Canadian artist and conservationist, Michael Dumas - with its highest honor - the Simon Combes Conservation Artist Award.

All original artwork is for sale with at least 40% of the proceeds supporting conservation and education programs worldwide. Enjoy worldwide artistic excellence, learn about conservation issues directly from exhibiting artists, and support conservation.

Watch the Raptor Quick Sketch, featuring painting of live birds of prey models. Proceeds of the sketches will support of AFC's conservation and education programs. 

By Sept 16

  • Ticket only: $55pp
  • Tickets with copy of AFC's 2023 hardcover book ($40 value): $75pp 

After Sept 16

  • Ticket only: $75pp
  • Tickets with copy of AFC's 2023 hardcover book ($40 value): $95pp 

All tickets include reception admission and 1 complimentary beverage (wine/beer or non-alcoholic). Cash bar will be available.

Reserve Your Opening Reception Ticket


Guest Testimonials:

"Outstanding Art" “Amazing event. Way to go.”  | “Moved to passion.”  |   “A tough act to follow again.”  |  "The artists are so passionate about conservation." | “A beautiful and inspiring evening."   | "The quick sketch with live birds is spectular" "What an inspiring evening!”"Breathtaking Mural""I love attending this event every year."  | "World-class art and music"

If you are interested in becoming a patron, sponsor or donor, please email us at festivalinfo[@] 



We acknowledge that the Artists for Conservation Festival takes place on the traditional unceded territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations.

We gratefully acknowledge the financial support of the Government of Canada, the Province of British Columbia.