Growing up with a mom whose main hobby is photographing and painting birds, I’m a sucker for a good art show, especially if it involves an animal exhibit. Lucky for me our very own VanDusen Botanical Garden will be hosting the 2019 Artists for Conservation presented by RE/MAX Agents.
The festival spans over the course of three days (27th-29th) but if you can’t wait, you can check out the preview weekend at Maplewood Flats in North Van this weekend. The art featured is themed around conservation so it makes sense that 40% of art sales will be going to protecting our furry friends and providing funding for educational programs around the world.
There are three wildlife organizations partnered with the festival, including the O.W.L Orphaned Wildlife Rehabilitation Society, Northern Spotted Owl Breeding Program, and the Grouse Mountain Refuge for Endangered Wildlife. These organizations provide some vital support to our wildlife here in the Lower Mainland as well and could always use some support. Personally, I’ve been to OWL Rehab and it was a really interesting experience. Although let me say, seeing an owl in person is kind of a surreal experience and I feel like as a society we don’t talk about how creepy looking they are enough.
The festival doesn’t just offer a gallery visit though. Workshops, music and cultural performances, First Nations presentations, and film screenings are just some of the other exciting events that will provide environmental education to guests.
If you don’t want to pay the $110 for a ticket, you can always pay the regular VanDusen admission price to access the outdoor programs or check out the additional free programming over at Maplewood Flats and Delbrook Community Centre in North Vancouver.
To purchase tickets for this event, you can head on over to the festival’s website.