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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 Wednesday, December 7, 2016 by AFC
Artists for Conservation

AFC Signature Member, Jonathan Truss is deeply concerned about the plight of elephants. Elephants figure in many of Jonathan's paintings, but in his latest, he has attempted a world first - to paint a full-bodied "Big Tusker" elephant life size on canvas! He recently completed the painting, titled 'Tusker's Last Stand' and is using it to raise funds and awareness for elephant conservation.

"Big Tusker" is a term for mature bull elephants. By some estimates, as few as 30 Big Tuskers may remain today, and conservation scientists are warning that it is conceivable that they could be extinct within a human generation.

Following are words from Jonathan about his painting...

"In the time it's taken me to paint this painting 2500 elephants will have been killed by poachers. Last year it is estimated that more than 30,000 elephants were poached illegally. That means one elephant is killed every 15minutes!! Killed for their tusks, which are traded to make jewellery...

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Posted on Thursday, April 16, 2015 by AFC
Artists for Conservation

"Art Inspired by Africa: An Artist Visits the African People & Wildlife Fund" is the first in a series of planned books by AFC Flag Expedition Fellow, Alison Nicholls.

Posted on Thursday, April 16, 2015 by AFC
Artists for Conservation

Krishnan's new book titled "Rambles into Sacred Realms: Journeys in Pen and Paint", invites the reader to an artistic adventure around the globe: from Petra to Jordan, to Hawaiia and India.

Posted on Friday, April 10, 2015 by AFC
Artists for Conservation

Winter and spring has been a successful time for AFC Artists competing for prestigious awards around the world.

Posted on Friday, April 10, 2015 by AFC
Artists for Conservation

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.

Posted on Saturday, March 28, 2015 by AFC
Artists for Conservation

We are excited to be celebrating the first ever International Bear Day this coming Saturday (April 4th). In recognition of the day, AFC will be showing its support with the organizers of the inaugural event: Raincoast Conservation Foundation  and North Shore Black Bear Society at Capilano University in North Vancouver. Although AFC is not organizing this particular event, it is participating.

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.

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