Watch master artists at work demonstrate their techniques and learn about art and their conservation work.
Also enjoy daily visits from 1pm and 4pm with birds of prey from Delta's O.W.L. Orphaned Wildlife Rehabilitation Society and Northern Spotted Owl Breeding Program.
Each day during the AFC Festival at VanDusen Botanical Garden, between 11am and 4pm, artists will be demonstrating their artistic techniques in painting, carving and sculpture.
2021 Artist Demonstrations (In-Person)
Patricia Banks (In-Person)
"I am intrigued by the fleeting balance between strength and fragility in nature. Drawing inspiration from the natural environment I bear witness to the beauty, interdependence, and sanctity of all creation. I seek to share this glory with viewers so that they may also pause and reflect, and feel as if they are here, in the moment.”
Alejandro Bertolo (In-Person)
Alejandro Bertolo studied "suiboku" and "nihonga" painting (two forms of Japanese classical painting), and Japanese calligraphy. He learned the Japanese techniques of mounting paintings as well as folding screen-making, with Akihiro KATO, Conservator of the Japanese Art Collection of the Freer and Sackler Galleries in Washington D.C. Having developed a personal style, he paints wildlife, particularly those species threatened with extinction in their natural habitats.
Vicky Earle (In-Person)
"As a natural history artist for conservation, I strive to highlight birds, animals, botanicals and natural phenomena that too often go unnoticed. We can all be better guardians and good stewards of environments around the world. By helping people connect emotionally with species and habitats through art, my hope is that more individuals will take positive action to protect the biodiversity of our natural world."
Emily Lozeron (In-Person)
Emily Lozeron is a Western Canadian artist who takes her inspiration from nature. She hopes to engage her audience with her paintings and share her experiences in nature. She hopes the viewer can block out everything out and imagine the sounds and feelings would be standing in the painting. To hear the birds singing their songs, the wind blowing and the water rushing down the stream.
Ken Nash (In-Person)
Born and raised in the Okanagan Valley, Ken Nash has created art for fifty years using a variety of mediums including ink, coloured pencil and acrylics on paper, wood and canvas. He has studied and been influenced by Bateman and Coleville, as well as Russian landscape artists Shishkin and Levitan. His work can now be described in the genre of photorealism and is an excellent conduit to reflect the beauty of the wilderness of British Columbia, Canada, and other parts of the world."
Robin Roberts (In-Person)
Born in Prince Rupert, BC, Robin Roberts is of Squamish, Tsimshian and Haida decent. He is a Raven from a Raven Clan in Hartley Bay. Robin studied art at Capilano College and Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design, graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. Robin is proficient in various drawing and painting styles, and particularly adept at incorporating multi-cultured ideas in his earlier work. He has been carving since 2009 in a northern Haida style, with a focus on Northwest Coast masks in yellow cedar, making about three-four per yearIn 2017 Robin graduated with a Bachelor of Education Degree from UBC and is an Indigenous Education Teacher.
Joyce Trygg (In-Person)
Joyce’s paintings reflect her love and empathy for domestic animals and the awe of the magnificent wildlife she feels privileged to see. In 2010, Joyce was selected as the B.C. Wildlife Federation’s Artist of the Year. "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".
Cherie Sibley Wasyliw (In-Person)
For Cherie, conservation of Habitat and Wildlife is key to our very survival. "I use my artistic gifts to remind people of the magic that dwells all around us and what we stand to loose without taking measures to protect it".
Xwa-lack-tun & Friends
Xwa-lack-tun (aka Rick Harry) gained his skills and education from Emily Carr College of Art and Capilano College. In September, 2012, Xwa-lack-tun received the Order of British Columbia in recognition of his work as an artist. Xwa-lack-tun and friends have been part of the AFC Festival since 2012.
2021 Wildlife & Natural Heritage Presenters (In-Person)
OWL Society (In-Person)
OWL is dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation, and release of raptors (eagles, falcons, hawks, osprey, owls, and vultures). Our facility and staff are equipped for the unique needs of these beautiful birds, offering them the best chance of recovery. OWL has an active outreach program with their multiple resident (unreleasable) live birds of prey.
Northern Spotted Owl Breeding Program (In-Person)
The Northern Spotted Owl Breeding Program’s mission is to prevent this species from becoming extirpated from Canada by releasing captive-raised spotted owls back into habitat protected for the species in the province. NSOBP has an active outreach program with their "Small Eyes" - an unreleasable Northern Spotted Owls and "Forrest" - an unreleasable Barred Owl.