Artists Presentations

Artist Presentations & Talks 

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2018 Festival Program (Past)

Vancouver Convention Centre | West Exhibition Hall Community Theatre

Friday, August 24 | 4:00pm - 4:30pm

Guy Combes | Keynote Speaker, Artist & AFC Simon Combes Award Recipient

Internationally acclaimed artist, Guy Combes regularly lectures, and has set up research programs at  Soysambu Conservancy, Kenya, where he also leads expeditions for artists, students and other groups on safari. Guy is a tireless campaigner for numerous conservation causes and the 2018 recipient of AFC’s Simon Combes Conservation Award.

Timothy Jackson | Jackson African Safaris

Timothy started his love of Africa and nature as a child growing up on a dairy/sheep farm in rural England. At age 7, Timothy caught the “safari bug”, that has now become a way of life. Timothy spends time leading tours each year and is a partner of Jackson’s African Safaris (Pty) Ltd – a South African based and registered safari company. 

Take a Safari with Renowned Artist & Conservationist Guy Combes. Learn more

Saturday, August 25 | 2:30pm - 4:00pm

Chris Maynard | Exhibiting Artist

Chris Maynard has worked with feathers since he was 12 years old but only began showing his work in 2010. Since then, his unique feather shadowboxes have been widely recognized. While working for 20 years in the field of ichthyology, Maynard negotiated with major hydropower dam owners in the USA to provide for the flow needs of salmon..

Sharon Schafer | Exhibiting Artist

Sharon has a varied background ranging from award-winning painter and photographer, to wildlife biologist and river guide. Throughout the world, Schafer shares her artistic talent and passion for the the wildlands by teaching art and nature-related classes and lecturing extensively about the stunning beauty and amazing diversity of life on our planet.

Jeffrey Whiting | AFC President, Artist

Jeff Whiting is the founder of Artists for Conservation. A biologist/geologist, Jeff is a sculptor, author and environmental impressario. At 16, the Canadian Prime Minister presented one of Jeff’s sculptures to Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. At 18, Jeff published his first book and won first at the World Championships of Wildfowl Carving.

Terry Woodall | Exhibiting Artist

Terry Woodall has achieved international recognition and numerous awards with his interpretive sculptures of wildlife interactions in both wood and bronze. A pivotal experience in Woodall’s career came with an AFC Flag Expedition Award fellowship for an artistic field study to Lake Baikal, Russia. 

Dongguang Zhang | Exhibiting Artist 

Zhang was born in Heilongjiang in 1957, and graduated from the Oil Painting Department of Heilongjiang Fine Arts Institute. He is a board member of the Association of China Artists. He is a member of the Association of Beijing oil painters, the Association of China Great Wall Artists as well as the Association of Chinese Environmental artists.

Photo credits: Paul Moldovanos 


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
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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 



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