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Vancouver, BC CANADA - Aug 10, 2015 - Internationally recognized Kenyan artist Karen Laurence-Rowe has been chosen to receive the Artists for Conservation’s (AFC) top honor: the Simon Combes Conservation Artist Award.  AFC bestows this tribute annually to recognize artist members for their dedication to the conservation cause and outstanding artistic achievement.  AFC President and Founder, Jeff Whiting explains: “Karen truly is an artist's conservationist. Through an impressive body of award-winning and often large-scale paintings, she has channelled her talent to generating...
In 2015, AFC will be adding a new opening venue to the its Festival program - at one of Vancouver's premiere hotels located steps from the iconic conference center and Canada Place world trade center, the business district and cruise ship terminal. Following 3 days at the Fairmont, including the AFC's fundraising gala, and a new AFC art expo, the event will migrate for two more weekends at Grouse Mountain - previously the sole venue since 2011 Building upon the juried art exhibit - the heart of the event, The AFC Festival is positioned as the world's premiere visual arts event designed to...
On September 11, Artists for Conservation will announce the first International Bear Day at its second annual BC Conservation Symposium, hosted at the Beaty Biodiversity Museum at the University of British Columbia. A panel of conservation experts and guests will together select the date to be recognized annually as International Bear Day. The Symposium offers a unique forum to explore how principles, passion, art and education can strengthen the conservation movement. Given the recent spotlight on bear trophy hunting, the Symposium aims to stimulate healthy dialogue around the critical...
Vancouver, BC., CANADA - May 25, 2016 - AFC is pleased to announce that leading international real estate agency, RE/MAX will return as Title Sponsor for the 2016 International Artists for Conservation Festival. AFC President Jeffrey Whiting explains: "We're thrilled to be aligned with RE/MAX again to present the third Artists for Conservation Festival in North Vancouver this fall. In addition to RE/MAX's geographic reach, their corporate values and commitment to  community, education and environment, are a wonderful match with AFC. RE/MAX's support and that...
Vancouver, BC CANADA - Aug 9, 2014 - Artists for Conservation is pleased to announce that Signature AFC Member, Carole Niclasse's painting "Little Jewell" depicting a Green Violetear Hummingbird, has been selected for the cover of the 2015 AFC Environmental Calendar. In addition to highlighting statutory and religious holidays, the calendar also uniquely highlights a wide range of international environmental-themed days and weeks. The annual calendar is published on sustainably forested paper, as a companion to the 7th annual AFC Exhibit, showing in North Vancouver, BC running...
Vancouver, B.C. CANADA - July 31, 2014 - Pollyanna Pickering, internationally acclaimed nature artist and conservationist is lending her support as the official Festival Artist Patron of the Artists for Conservation Festival on Grouse Mountain, in North Vancouver, BC. The 10-day event will bring out leading nature and wildlife artists from around the world, immersing visitors in art and nature through workshops, film, and a world's top conservation-themed art exhibit of 80 original paintings and sculptures. All artwork sales benefit conservation. Pollyanna will take over the honorary position...
Earlier this week, Kwitonda, the Silverback Mountain Gorilla featured in AFC's first documentary film "How an Artist Saved the Mountain Gorilla", was found dead by trackers in Rwanda. Jeff Whiting, AFC President commented "He was a magnificent gorilla who figures as the most significant wildlife encounter in my life, as I know he has for others who observed him up close. It appears he lived to the ripe old age of approximately 40 and although we await the results of an autopsy to confirm his death, I can't help but take something positive from this. Successful and sustained conservation...
While the Festival is in full swing this week, we'd like to take the opportunity to thank all the volunteers, sponsors, supporters, friends of AFC, musicians, and most importantly AFC member artists without whom this Festival would not be possible. Watch for the latest Festival  photos on our AFC Facebook page - we've been adding them daily.  Visit ArtsQuest for a great summary blog post of opening day Nov 5. Review all the exhibiting Artists in this year's Art of Conservation show. Check out the Festival schedule ...
All week long we've had students from across the Lower Mainland take part in the colourful art and environmental learning activities at the Artists For Conservation Festival. Today alone, we are excited to have over 100 youth from Kids Up Front participating. The kids so far have been enthralled with watching the artists work, have been asking really good questions after the movie How an Artist saved the Mountain Gorilla, and are taken by Tyto the resident barn owl! Learn more about the Adventure in Art & Environment youth program here.
Vancouver, BC., CANADA - October 12, 2012 - This fall, the extraordinary tale of acclaimed artist and conservationist Simon Combes, and his efforts to protect and capture in art, Africa's endangered species will premiere at the Second Annual Artists for Conservation Festival in Vancouver, BC. The Soysambu Legacy: Art and Conservation in Africa's Rift Valley documents Combes' passion for conserving some of Kenya's impressive wildlife areas, including Lake Nakuru National Park. This is Artist for Conservation's 2nd documentary following last year's "How an Artist Saved a Mountain...

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