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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 Friday, December 12, 2014 by AFC
Artists for Conservation

On December 12th, 2004, revered artist, conservationist. Simon Combes was tragically killed by a charging Cape buffalo while hiking near his home in Kenya. Simon was widely respected as a man of superb artistic talent, as a brilliant communicator, writer, instructor, world-traveler, painter, and as a steward of our planet. We were honoured to have had him as a member of Artists for Conservation.

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Posted on Tuesday, November 18, 2014 by AFC
Artists for Conservation

After a successful fourth annual Artists for Conservation Festival, the organization announced today the world-class art exhibit will make an encore appearance at OpenRoad Infiniti in Langley starting November 27. Free to the community, guests will have one last opportunity to admire purchase some of the latest original artworks by leading nature and wildlife artists from around the world. Accompanying the four-day exhibit will be live birds of prey, music, and a chance to mingle with some of the artists.

Posted on Thursday, November 13, 2014 by AFC
Artists for Conservation

Last month, AFC completed its 4th annual Artists for Conservation Festival, celebrating nature's beauty and diversity with a spectacular art exhibit and a host of inspiring art and environmental education programs. The event welcomed public of all ages with a variety of interests - fine art, environment and conservation.

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Posted on Wednesday, November 12, 2014 by AFC
Artists for Conservation

Australian AFC artist, Stephen Jesic recently won International Artist Magazine's Grand Prize for wildlife and was lauded with feature articles in both International Artist and American Art Collector Magazines.

International Artist Magazine celebrates artists who demonstrate a high level of artistic talent and dedication to a specific medium and subject.

Posted on Wednesday, November 12, 2014 by Kitty Harvill
Artists for Conservation

AFC artist Kitty Harvill set out earlier this year with the goal of inspiring artists to support each other and raising the profile of endangered species. She created a Facebook group that involved an art challenge to her followers, of creating one painting each week featuring wildlife and nature. The public Facebook group, named 52 WEEKS - Nature Painting Challenge, began with just nine members and through the year she has seen the group grow to over 200 participants, experienced and novice, from four continents.

Posted on Wednesday, November 5, 2014 by AFC
Artists for Conservation

Nova Southeastern University (NSU) announced that Guy Harvey and the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation are providing a generous financial gift that will allow students, faculty and staff at NSU's Oceanographic Center to enhance their research and academic program and also to provide scholarships to undergraduate and graduate students studying marine science.

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Posted on Thursday, October 23, 2014 by Jeffrey Whiting
Artists for Conservation

Bears are iconic symbols and charismatic ambassadors for BC's wilderness. Given this, with so much talk and controversy in the media about B.C.'s upcoming bear hunting season opening at the start of October, we thought it made sense to focus on bears at the second annual BC Conservation Symposium. The goal was to help the science to reach the public and stimulate unpoliticized dialogue around the best use of this incredible resource.

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Posted on Monday, October 20, 2014 by AFC
Artists for Conservation

Following the creation of a life-sized Columbian Mammoth in bronze, AFC bronze sculptor Chris Navarro has taken on another big challenge.

‘'Essence of Rex" is a life-sized T-rex founded in bronze. At 28 feet long, 13 feet hight and 7 feet across, the sculpture weighs 5500 lbs . The sculpture is even more noteworthy in that one side is a skeletal representation, while the other side is fleshed out with muscle and skin.

Posted on Friday, November 29, 2013 by AFC

This past fall, AFC launched the 3rd annual Artists for Conservation Festival, celebrating nature's beauty and diversity with a spectacular art exhibit and a host of inspiring art and environmental education programs. The event welcomed public of all ages with a variety of interests - fine art, environment and conservation. It also brought together over forty AFC artists, a small army of dedicated volunteers, and supporters including RE/MAX, Deeley Harley Davidson Canada, our gracious host, Grouse Mountain and many other supporters and patrons.

Posted on Thursday, October 17, 2013 by Patricia Latas
Artists for Conservation Flag Expedition

AFC Artist Pat Latas of Tucson, Arizona to Study and Support Plight of Flightless Parrot. The primary goal of the expedition is to illustrate and support the efforts of the Kakapo Recovery Team - a conservation organization whose mission it is to save the Kakapo- a flightless species of parrot that lives in burrows in New Zealand.

 

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