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2018 Festival Program (Past)
Vancouver Convention Centre | West Exhibition Hall Community Theatre
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
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