Art Exhibit & Expo

AFC Festival 2019 presented by RE/MAX Agents of the Lower Mainland is returning to Vancouver from Sept 27 - 29 at the VanDusen.

AFC's annual juried "International Exhibit of Nature in Art" is the world's top conservation-themed art exhibit and sale. It's a rare opportunity for art collectors to buy original artwork by internationally acclaimed artists and directly support conservation work. The exhibit will feature over 94 original paintings and sculptures for sale by leading AFC nature and wildlife artists. Visitors can enjoy worldwide artistic excellence, learn about conservation issues directly from exhibiting artists, and support conservation.

All artwork in the exhibit is for sale and ranges in price from $500 to $60,000+. At least 40% of proceeds from artwork sales benefits conservation and environmental education, and each artwork is dedicated to supporting a conservation organization of the artist's choice. See who's been selected for the exhibit this year.

To learn more about our mission, AFC artists and how to become a member, please visit the main Artists for Conservation site. Artists are juried for membership and only accepted members can participate in the AFC annual juried exhibit. Groups interested in booking private exhibit tours, please contact Artists for Conservation Festival by phone 778.340.0749 or email festivalinfo[@]


AFC Awards & Medals

2019 Awards will be announced in July.

Every year Artists for Conservation pays tribute to international artists with numerous awards. Nine artists were honored in 2018. The awards include five AFC Medals of Excellence, which recognizes at least five outstanding artworks in the exhibit, and two Environmental Statement Awards. AFC has also created a new Best in Show Award in 2017, in recognition of the highest scoring artwork by the jury panel in the annual exhibit. Artist, Guy Combes (Kenya/USA) will receive AFC's highest honor for conservation and art with the "Simon Combes Conservation Award". Learn more


AFC Expo Artists 2018

This year seven artists will be featured during the event in the Nature & Art Expo. Artists will be at the Festival from August 23-25th daily. Come by and visit the artists for a chance to see their artwork and learn about conservation causes they support. ​

Festival Highlights

VanDusen Botanical Garden is located at:

5151 Oak Street Vancouver BC V6M 4H1

Admission to AFC Festival is free of charge.  Admission is required for the Botanical Garden.

  • Art Exhibit
  • Youth Silent Skies Mural
  • Live Artist Demos
  • Live Wildlife Encounters
  • Music and Performances

  • Art Exhibit & Expo
  • Nature & Birding Expo
  • Silent Skies Mural
  • Live Art Demos
  • Music and Performances
  • Watch Films
  • Special Presentations

  • Fill the register form

  • Come to the Festival
  • Spread the Word
  • Purchase a Bird Mural
  • Buy Orginal Art
  • Make a Donation
  • Buy an AFC Book
  • Volunteer
  • Sponsor the Event



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Featured Expo Artists

Born in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, Brent has lived in the Pacific Northwest most of his life, mainly on Vancouver Island.  Having discovered a love of carving at a young age, Brent created wood relief and figures, stone carvings, fine detail decoys, and then entered the bronze-casting field in recent years.  His work focuses on birds and sea creatures for the most part, with birds of prey being his favorite subject.

Brent Cooke

Joyce's painting continues to reflect her love and empathy for all animals and her admiration for the magnificent wildlife she feels privileged to encounter. In 2010 Joyce was honored as the B.C. Wildlife Artist of the Year by the BC Wildlife Federation. In 2014 and 2015, she was one of twelve artists invited to represent Canada at the “Fabriano in Acquarello” - an international artistic convention dedicated to watercolor painting.

Joyce Trygg

Neil Hamelin captures stories of our heritage through the weathered wood and flaking paint that stand vestige to our past. His paintings stir forgotten memories, rekindled on canvas through the rusty metal of vehicles and abandoned homesteads of our ancestors. Hamelins artwork received National recognition with a series of gold coins released through the Royal Canadian Mint. Hamelin was awarded Best Of Show at the 2016 Calgary Stampede Western Showcase. 

Neil Hamelin

Born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, David's appreciation of nature began in his youth as he explored the Canadian outdoors. As the ideas for his paintings emerge from his experiences with wildlife in their natural habitat, David embarked on longer reference gathering trips throughout most of North America (including Alaska), as well as to Africa, Central and South America, and parts of Asia. In the meantime, he taught himself to paint, experimenting with a variety of media and techniques.

David N. Kitler

Born in Moncton, and living in Victoria since 1969, Mary Jane Jessen has studied at the Victoria College of Art, North Island College Campbell River and Vancouver Island University. In addition to this, she studied painting with Victor Arcega for three years. In 2002, she graduated from Emily Carr University of Art + Design with a Bachelor of Fine Art in the Visual Arts. In 2008, Mary Jane’s work entered into the international art market, which has taken her message of climate change to Italy and France.

Mary Jane Jessen

Patricia Banks is a Canadian painter best known for her detailed oil and acrylic paintings. She travels widely and is inspired by the splendor of the natural environment. Patricia has exhibited across North America, and has won several awards for her work. A graduate of Douglas College and the University of Victoria, she is a member of the International Guild of Realism, Federation of Canadian Artists, Plein Air Painters in Nanaimo BC, and Laguna Plein Air Painters, in California, USA.

Patricia Banks

Next Event

AFC Festival 2019
@ VanDusen Botanical Garden
27 Sept - 29 Sept, 2019
Vancouver, BC, Canada


AFC Festival 2018
@ Vancouver Convention Centre
Partnership with IOC2018 (International Ornithological Congress)
22 August - 25, 2018
Vancouver, BC, Canada

AFC Festival 2017
@ VanDusen Botanical Garden
9 Nov - 13 Nov, 2017
Vancouver, BC, Canada




About Us

Artists for Conservation is a Canada-based international non-profit, with a mission is to support wildlife and habitat conservation and environmental education through art that celebrates nature. 

Through international art exhibits, collaborative art-science expeditions, festivals, awards and online initiatives, AFC informs and inspires the public to conserve our natural heritage. Among its membership, AFC serves to foster artistic excellence and empower passionate artists as effective ambassadors for the environment. 


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