August, 2018
Artists for Conservation, Annual Exhibition and Silent Skies Super-Mural

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Earlier this year, I was honoured to be selected as a Signature member of the World’s leading Wildlife Artists group supporting the environment: The Artists for Conservation (AFC). In August, we partnered with the 2018 International Ornithological Bird Congress to create “Silent Skies”, a 100 foot super-mural made up of 678 individual 8″ x 8″ painted panels representing all endangered birds of the world. Over 70 artists were on hand to unveil the mural at the Vancouver Convention Centre in August during the grand opening of the AFC Annual Exhibition. The mural formed the artistic centerpiece of the Ornithological Congress Expo and was at once a celebration, but simultaneously sobering reminder of the current state of the world’s birds. Silent Skies is now on display at the Arizona-Sonoran Desert Museum, along with the AFC exhibit until the end of this year when they will continue on to China. A limited number of 8″ x 8″ canvas giclée prints are now available for purchase. Please visit my AFC mural page to order. 40% of all proceeds support bird conservation and education efforts in South America, Sri Lanka, Indonesia and Mexico.

The Artists for Conservation annual exhibit celebrates art in the depiction of nature, raises awareness of important conservation issues and directly supports organizations dedicated to addressing them. I am delighted that two of my paintings (above), Succulent with Rufous hummingbird and White-bellied Sunbird on Bird of Paradise flower, were selected to be part of this year’s prestigious show. Selected artwork appears in the beautifully produced, hard cover book and calendar celebrating bird diversity. Visit Artists for Conservation to learn more.

 

February, 2018
Art of the Plant | L’art de la Flore

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Art of the Plant is Canada’s contribution to a groundbreaking, simultaneous worldwide botanical art exhibition called Botanical Art Worldwide. The Art of the Plant exhibit will be on display at the Canadian Museum of Nature, Stone Wall Gallery in Ottawa, Ontario from May 10th – October 14th, 2018. I am very honoured to have both of my paintings representing species from British Columbia: Western Fairy Orchid (Calypso bulbosa var. occidentalis) and Garry Oak Leaves (Quercus garryana) selected for this exhibition. Stay tuned for painting images once the exhibit opens!

Botanical Art Worldwide, initiated by the American Society of Botanical Artists (ASBA), brings 25 countries from around the world together to celebrate global plant diversity by creating exhibitions of plants native to their home regions. Artists around the world have been working on this project to build partnerships between artists, institutions, scientists, and the public, and to help raise awareness of the worldwide renaissance in botanical art. Read more …

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I chose to paint Garry oak leaves, to help raise awareness for this species. Garry oaks, along with their associated ecosystems, are among the most rare and endangered in Canada! These ecosystems occupy only a small portion of the Coastal Douglas-fir zone, which itself comprises only 0.3% of the land area in British Columbia. Garry oak and associated ecosystems are home to more plant species than any other land-based ecosystem in coastal British Columbia, and many of these species occur nowhere else in the country. Over 100 species of plants, animals, birds and insects are officially listed as “at risk” in these ecosystems. For more information and to learn ways you can help, please visit the Garry Oak Ecosystem Recovery Team website.

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When I first saw the Western Fairy Orchid, I was mesmerized by the colours and intricate shape of its tiny blossoms. The plant stands 5-10 cm tall with flowers only measuring 12-25 mm long. Calypso is a genus of orchids containing only one species, Calypso bulbosa, also known as the calypso orchid or Venus’s slipper. While the genus Calypso takes its name from the Greek word signifying concealment (they tend to prefer sheltered areas on conifer forest floors), I was compelled to shine a light on this small jewel-like treasure of Western Canada and share it with a wider audience.

Join us in Ottawa for the opening of this landmark celebraton! Art of the Plant conference registration opens March 12, 2018. Read more …

 

January, 2018
Artists for Conservation

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I am delighted to announce that I have been accepted as a Signature member to the Artists for Conservation (AFC). AFC is a Canadian based international non-profit, representing 500 artists from 30 countries who are committed to conservation. Our vision is to lead a global artistic movement that inspires individuals and organizations to preserve and sustain our natural heritage through nature and wildlife art.

This year, members of AFC are undertaking a project titled “Silent Skies“, an international collaborative super-mural mosaic featuring all 678 endangered species of birds of the world. The 100-ft installation will form the artistic centrepiece of the Congress 27th International Ornithological Congress held in August 2018 at the Vancouver Convention Centre. I have committed to paint three bird species for this mural: the Grey-breasted parakeet (Pyrrhura griseipectus); the Short-crested coquette (Lophornis brachylophus); and the Baudo oropendula (Psarocolius cassini). Please stop by the Convention Centre this fall and check out the many events celebrating birds.

 

December, 2017
Duets: The Dance of Symbiotic Relationships

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Thank you to all who attended the Duets panel exhibition at the Bloedel Conservatory and the display of original watercolours at the Yosef Wosk Library at the VanDusen Botanical Garden! There was an exceptional turn-out for each show. Thank you for your support! Both exhibits are now finished.

I would also like to extend a special thank you to CBC North by Northwest and Sheryl MacKay for their media coverage and support; the staff and volunteers at the Bloedel Conservatory and VanDusen Garden; and the ASBA for making these exhibitions possible.

If you missed the display, please join me in April, 2018 for the next opening of the original watercolours for this project at the Foyer Gallery in Squamish, BC.

 

September, 2017
Duets: The Dance of Symbiotic Relationships

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Inspired by plant species found at the Bloedel Conservatory in Vancouver, British Columbia, Vicky Earle presents a visual exploration of unique symbiotic relationships. Original watercolours for Duets: The Dance of Symbiotic Relationships, opens at the VanDusen Garden Visitor Centre, October 1st. The artist will be in attendance at the Opening Reception 2 – 4pm.

The Duets interpretive panels remain on display at the Bloedel Conservatory until October 30th, 2017. These panels, nestled into the lushness of the plant collection, detail the stories of the relationships between species. Hours: 10am – 5pm. Regular admission. Immerse yourself in the warm, tropical atmosphere under the dome of the Bloedel Consevatory, while discovering fascinating relationships that unfold every day in rainforests around the world!

Vicky began discovering unique relationships that many tropical plants have with insects, animals, and humans while doing research for teaching and painting. Recipient of the 2016 Anne Ophelia Dowden Art and Education Grant from the American Society of Botanical Artists, this project’s focus is to highlight the use of botanical art to promote educational awareness of the intricate interdependence of plant species within tropical ecosystems – as well as our own dependence on plants. Duets aims to bring attention to the interactive dance of two distinct species in nature that, together, create harmonic relationships allowing life to move forward.

 

December,  2016

I am so honored to have had two pieces: Tropical Pitcher Plant and Wax-tail Hopper selected to be part of the Focus On Nature XIV Juried Exhibition, sponsored by the New York State Museum. The exhibit takes place at the Roger Tory Peterson Institute in Jamestown, New York from December, 2016 – April, 2017. I am thrilled the Institute accepted the Wax-tail Hopper as part of their permanent collection!

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