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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, January 16, 2019 by AFC
Artists for Conservation

Vancouver, British Columbia –  (January 16, 2019) Artists for Conservation (AFC) is pleased to announce the first outdoor installation of the "Silent Skies Mural Project" in the city of Kingsport, Tennessee - a 24-foot by 50 foot-long representation of the massive collaborative project unveiled last August at the 27th  International Ornithological Congress and 8th Artists for Conservation Festival. Like the original, this waterproof vinyl version showcases the 678 species birds from around the world that are threatened with extinction. Work is underway now to install the the Kingsport mural reproduction, where it will be remain on display for most of 2019.

"As an organization, our efforts are rooted in bringing awareness to global conservation issues. With this in mind, the opportunity to involve artists from around the world in a collaborative conservation-based project only made sense," said AFC Founder and President Jeff...

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Posted on Friday, January 20, 2012 by Pollyanna Pickering
Artists for Conservation

When your life is entwined with wildlife you see both the very best and very worst of humanity. Standing in the education centre in the Animals Asia sanctuary near Chengdu, China I had tears streaming down my face as I held a heavy corset restraint which had been removed from a bear rescued from a bile farm. This instrument of torture had been used to severely restrict the bear's movement, while a hinged panel allowed access for the daily milking of bile through an open wound.

A Boy Called Polly
Posted on Wednesday, January 4, 2012 by Phyllis Frazier
Artists for Conservation

Although my original intention with this second entry (of a two-part series) was to write about the history of wildlife artists who use poetry in their artworks, I was surprised to discover that, (with the exception of Rachel Dillon, a book by Carl Brenders, and an exhibition of children's art with poems sponsored by David Shepherd), there was not much of a history of this coupling.

Posted on Thursday, October 13, 2011 by Carel Brest van Kempen
Artists for Conservation

Cŏn-sērve', v. "to keep in a safe or sound state; to save, to preserve from loss, decay, waste, or injury; to defend from violation." -Webster's Dictionary

Posted on Wednesday, September 28, 2011 by Rachel Dillon
Artists for Conservation

I have yet to meet a first grader who doesn't love animals and art. I've worked with a lot of students to come to this conclusion. This past year has taught me how important creative expression is to our youth, and how creative time is dwindling for them. So many elementary schools in the U.S. don't have art rooms, let alone art teachers. Some teachers are able to incorporate art into their curriculum, but it sounds like it's getting harder and harder to do that, while adhering to strict state-wide standardized tests.

Posted on Wednesday, September 14, 2011 by Carel Brest van Kempen
Artists for Conservation

Cŏn-sērve', v. "to keep in a safe or sound state; to save, to preserve from loss, decay, waste, or injury; to defend from violation." -Webster's Dictionary

Forming good natural resource policies first requires looking to the future, and establishing what objectives we want to reach and what kind of outcomes we want to avoid. I like to divide the strategies we use to reach the goals we set into two categories: conservation and management.

Posted on Saturday, August 27, 2011 by Ria Winters
Artists for Conservation

Mauritius may be just a small island in the Indian Ocean and the former home of the Dodo, but it still has an amazing array of endemic species, most of them unfortunately endangered. Like in most isolated places, Mauritian plants and animals have evolved in such a way that they have become dependant on one another.

This is the story of a very rare songbird and an even rarer plant.

The Olive white-eye (Zosterops chloronothos) is a member of the large family of Zosteropidae, small passerines native to tropical islands of the Indian Ocean and the Western Pacific.

Posted on Saturday, August 13, 2011 by Terry Woodall
Artists for Conservation

Flames shot into the air and bright sparks twinkled into the night sky as I tossed another arm load of Siberian larch and pine onto the growing campfire. To my new Russian friends this was more like a bonfire, but for me, with the resinous branches on the fire and its showers of sparks, it became a fireworks celebration for this Fourth of July evening [America's holiday of independence]. And I mused that there was lots to celebrate since I could hear the nerpa colony slapping the water as I gathered wood on the bluff above camp.

Posted on Sunday, July 31, 2011 by Pollyanna Pickering
Artists for Conservation

Around 70km north of Hanoi, Vietnam, a beautiful Asiatic moonbear stretches to his full height and climbs up onto a high platform to examine a fresh bunch of wild grasses, leaves and branches.

But until January last year, this bear had spent years in a dark cramped cargo container on an illegal bile farm in the south of the country undergoing the unending torture of regular bile extraction through an open wound on his abdomen.

Posted on Sunday, July 24, 2011 by Robert Parkin
Artists for Conservation

We have seen that with the development of serious scientific research the ‘exploration' of nature took on new meaning.

Posted on Monday, July 11, 2011 by Phyllis Frazier

A dear friend recently asked me the question, "Why do you paint animals?" Although we drifted on to other topics before a response could be articulated, I think of this question, often, as I create my artwork.

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