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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 Monday, June 5, 2017 by AFC
Artists for Conservation

Vancouver, BC., CANADA - June 12, 2017 - Artists for Conservation (AFC) is pleased to announce a new partnership and special exhibit tour to mainland China this summer. Following a tour in North America, AFC's international exhibit will be exhibited at the Lanwan Art Museum at Lanwan Eco Art Park - a 50-acre ecological park, monumental sculpture garden, art village and public gallery, located in one of China's most beautiful and important coastal cities - Qingdao City.

The exhibit will open officially on August 1, 2017 - September 30, 2017. The exhibit will feature 129 original paintings and sculptures by AFC artists. A delegation of 11 AFC artists will be in attendance for a formal opening weekend, August 4-6, and to demonstrate diverse artistic techniques to museum visitors. A portion of artwork sales will support youth education and wildlife conservation efforts in China. Artist delegates include Rob Butler, Brent Cooke, Carel Brest van...

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Posted on Tuesday, January 11, 2011 by Jeffrey Whiting

What a year 2010 was to reflect upon. Earth rang in the Year of Biodiversity with a prolonged geological belch of ash and rock in Iceland. Eyjafjallajokull (I actually trained myself to pronounce this) - dormant volcano turned mountain-sized orifice - brought travel in Europe to a standstill and disrupted lives around the world.

But if an erupting Icelandic volcano was a belch, than surely, ensuing events in the Gulf of Mexico were tantamount to a human-induced vomit of planetary proportions. For 87 days, the world watched powerlessly with revulsion and despair as 4.9 million barrels of crude oil (or 205 million gallons) gushed into the crystalline waters of the Gulf of Mexico. We now know this to be the worst oil spill in history. As astronauts added another module to the International Space Station on shuttle Atlantis' final voyage, they shared with us how bad the spill looked from space. What will we learn from this?

We can't reflect on the year without mentioning earthquakes in Haiti and Chile that wrought enormous destruction. The resulting extended shutdown of the pulp industry in Chile had a major impact on the availability of paper worldwide. Options for producing a short-run book (such as our Art of Conservation Exhibit Book) on environmentally friendly stock became severely limited. It caused costs to rise and slowed production. It is cause for thought that a single earthquake could have a global impact on printing on sustainably forested paper.

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