Live Artist Demos


Watch master artists at work, and many others demonstrate their techniques. Learn about conservation and watch artists  painting, sketching, carving and sculpting. Also enjoy daily visits with birds of prey from Delta's O.W.L. Orphaned Wildlife Rehabilitation Society, Northern Spotted Owl Breeding Program and Grouse Mountain Refuge for Endangered Wildlife.

Each day during the AFC Festival between 1:00 pm and 4:00 pm, a selection of the following artists will be demonstrating their artistic techniques in painting, carving and sculpture during the festival:

2019 Master International Artists

  • Patricia Banks 
  • Vicky Earle
  • James Harry
  • Denis Mayer Jr
  • Ken Nash
  • Tammy Taylor
  • Joyce Trygg
  • Gregory Wellman
  • Xwalacktun 
  • and others

2018 Master International Artists (Past)

  • Patricia Banks 
  • Cindy Billingsley
  • Alejandro Bertolo
  • Suzanne Barrett Justis
  • Guy Combes
  • Terry Isaac
  • Rachel Ivanyi
  • James Harry
  • Neil Hamelin
  • David Kitler
  • Sandi Lear
  • Mary Jane Jessen
  • Kim Middleton
  • Tammy Taylor
  • Joyce Trygg
  • Gregory Wellman
  • Terry Woodall
  • Dongguang Zhang
  • Xwalacktun 


Birds of Prey

Three organizations will be participating directly in the 2018 Festival with live birds of prey and their dedicated handlers - namely Grouse Mountain Refuge for Endangered Wildlife, OWL (Orphaned Wildlife Rehabilitation Society) and the Northern Spotted Owl Breeding Program. Find out more at and



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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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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