Festival & Exhibit Tour

AFC's International Exhibit Tours

The AFC annual exhibit is the world’s top conservation-themed art experience, featuring all original artwork by members of Artists for Conservation. The exhibit and the Silent Skies Mural is a vehicle for engaging environmental education programs. The annual Festival opens in Vancouver, BC at VanDusen Botanical Garden from Sept 27 - 29, 2019.

Silent Skies Exhibit prospectus is avaliable. It outlines the display requirements and four different options for indoor and outdoor installations of the mural. If you are interested, please contact Jeff Whiting by email or by phone at 1.778.340.0749.

To inquire about hosting the AFC Exhibit & Festival Tour, or Silent Skies Mural, please email us: festivalinfo(@) artistsforconservation.org

2019/2020 Touring Venues

Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum 2020 Exhibit Tour

The 2019 Exhibit will tour from Vancouver, BC to Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum.

Where: Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, 021 N. Kinney Rd., Tucson AZ 
When: Jan 18th, 2020 - March 2020 
Opening weekend & Reception:  Jan 24th - 25th - Check the Desert Museum website for details closer to the date. 

Artists for Conservation's annual exhibit is the world's top conservation-themed art show and has become one of the most highly anticipated annual events among the nature-inspired art genres. The goal of the exhibit is to support conservation through art sales and education, showcase the extraordinary pool of artistic talent within AFC; and share the nature-inspired art genre with new audiences. The Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum will host the exhibit in 2020.

For more information visit: https://www.desertmuseum.org/arts/

Lanwan Art Museum in Qingdao City, China - Exhibit Tour

The AFC Festival tour returns to Lanwan Art Museum in Lanwan Eco Art Park, Qingdao City, China., from Oct - Dec, 2019.

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.  With a population of over 9 million, Qingdao (also spelled Tsingtao) is a major seaport and industrial center located between Beijing (to the North) and Shanghai (to the South) and connected to the world's longest sea bridge. The sailing events of 29th Olympic Games and 13th Paralympics Games were held in Qingdao in 2008. Qingdao has been repeatedly named China's most livable city. 

In 2017, 12 AFC artists visited Lanwan Art Museum for the Exhibit tour opening in August 2017.

Vignettes of the Silent Skies Mural Project 2019
By Members of Artists for Conservation and Youth of Greater Vancouver Area

"Silent Skies" is an international collaborative super-mural mosaic featuring all 678 endangered species of birds of the world. The project was assembled over four years by North Vancouver-based Artists for Conservation - the world's leading artist group supporting the environment. The 100-ft installation was initially unveiled in August 2018, at the 27th International Ornithological Congress in Vancouver, BC and is currently touring internationally. 169 professional artists from 15 countries participated in the project. A youth education program was created for students in grades 3 through 7 in creating their own artistic renditions of endangered birds. The program focuses on the study of conservation and endangered species through research, art and community engagement. 100 youth artworks were selected in the first year to display alongside the professional mural.

"Vignettes of the Silent Skies Mural Project" offers a small sample of the stunning individual artworks created for the project by a combination of local youth and professional artists.

Where: Delbrook Community Centre, 3rd Floor, 851 W Queens Rd, North Vancouver, BC
When: On exhibit now through September 30, 2019.

Thank you to North Vancouver Recreation Commission for supporting this exhibit. 

Pacific Coast Portraits Exhibit 2019

The exhibit aims to celebrate bird life and biodiversity in the region and to inform viewers about local bird species and their habitats. 25 artworks by local AFC artists will be featured.

Where: Maplewood Flats, 2649 Dollarton Hwy, North Vancouver, BC 
When: July 20-Sept 30th

In partnership with Wild Bird Trust of BC. 

More event info, visit, www.artistsforconservation.org/festival  or http://wildbirdtrust.org/

AFC's Silent Skies Mural Tour 2018/2019

Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum

The opening of our second "Silent Skies Mural" exhibit will tour to Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum.

A full replica display will be installed in the Baldwin Gallery and unveiled on May 25, 2019. The exhibit will remain through September 30, 2019. 

City of Kingsport, Tennessee

AFC's first vinyl outdoor installation of the "Silent Skies Mural" is on display in the city of Kingsport, Tennessee from Feb 2019 - Sept 2019. The mural features 678 endangered bird species by 160 AFC artists. The original was unveiled at AFC's 2018 Festival. See the mural online here.

 

Aziona Key Dates

Opens: September 22, 2018

Closes: November 25, 2018

Meet-the-Artists
Open House
Reception:
Nov 10, 2018

More Info...

Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum - Exhibit Tour 2018

The Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum is a combination of zoological park, botanical garden, nature education center, and conservation organization.  True to its mission statement, the Museum seeks “…to inspire people to live in harmony with the natural world by fostering love, appreciation, and understanding of the Sonoran Desert.”  To fulfill its mission the Museum displays living animals and plants in naturalistic habitat exhibits and stresses a strong interpretive and conservation focus on ecological processes.
 
The Museum is unusual in that it seeks to interpret in depth a limited ecosystem, the Sonoran Desert, located in Arizona, the northern Mexican State of Sonora, and Mexico’s Baja California Peninsula.  When applicable it interprets relationships with the desert’s adjacent biomes, including nearby or enclosed mountain ranges, grasslands, the Gulf of California and its islands, and at its southern borders, thornscrub and tropical deciduous forests.  The Desert Museum is regularly listed as one of the top ten zoological parks in the world because of its unique approach to interpreting the complete natural history of a single region.  The Museum undertakes a wide and varied program to support its objectives of interpretation, education, research, and conservation.
 

The Art Institute began a series of art classes to expand students’ understanding and appreciation of dessert ecology and conservation.  As the artistic voice of the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, the Art Institute coordinates art classes, maintains the art collection and manages the many art exhibits that come to the museum.  It is internationally recognized for offering a certificate program in nature illustration focused on the Sonoran Desert region.  The mission of the Art Institute is conservation through art education which expresses the belief that students at the Art Institute develop a greater appreciation of the desert as a direct result of the time and effort they have taken to learn to draw its many aspects.  Conservation begins with appreciation and understanding. The ties of observation and knowledge bind artists to conservation efforts. As John Muir said, “When you tug on a single thing in nature, you find it attached to the rest of the world.”
 
Join master AFC artists and educators at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum for a series.  Find out more by visiting the Desert Museum Arts Program schedule online. https://www.desertmuseum.org/arts/
 

Past Tour (2017)

The AFC Festival toured to Lanwan Art Museum in Lanwan Eco Art Park, Qingdao City, China., from August 4 - September 30, 2017.

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.  With a population of over 9 million, Qingdao (also spelled Tsingtao) is a major seaport and industrial center located between Beijing (to the North) and Shanghai (to the South) and connected to the world's longest sea bridge. The sailing events of 29th Olympic Games and 13th Paralympics Games were held in Qingdao in 2008. Qingdao has been repeatedly named China's most livable city. 

Festival Highlights

VanDusen Botanical Garden is located at:

5151 Oak Street Vancouver BC V6M 4H1

Admission to AFC Festival (indoor programs) is free of charge.  Admission is required for outdoor programs in the Botanical Garden.

  • Art Exhibit
  • Live Artist Demos
  • Live Wildlife Encounters
  • Music and Performances
  • Scavenger Hunt
  • Stilt Walkers
  • Craft Table

  • Art Exhibit 
  • Live Art Demos
  • Music and Performances
  • Films
  • Live Birds of Prey
  • Guided Nature Walks

  • 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 & Calendar
  • Volunteer
  • Sponsor the Event

 

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

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