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News and Updates: Art for an Oil-Free Coast

Get the latest new from the art tour in Alberta, the film, the book, and the artists who are championing our oil-free coast.

Movies for an oil-free coast

Raincoast Films tour Northern BC

Raincoast films are travelling around the province. Check them out. Kitimat, Terrace, Prince George, Kamloops, and Abbottsford…

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Canmore welcomes oil-free coast exhibit

Canmore Leader, By Justin Parsons
An art exhibit that stirred up controversy in Calgary’s City Hall last week has been receiving a warm welcome in Canmore…

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Controversial exhibit stays at city hall

Global News Hour Calgary
A controversial art exhibit at city hall can stay right where it is, even though under normal circumstances it would be forced out. Global’s Reid Fiest reports…

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Brian Falconer, left, with the Raincoast Conservation Foundation, and Ross Dixon, biologist for Raincoast, chat about Art for an Oil Free Coast with Peter Adams, who works in the oil and gas industry, in the City Hall atrium on Monday.Photograph by: Courtesy of Marilyn JonesRead more: http://www.calgaryherald.com/Anti+oilsands+show+sets+City+Hall/8246576/story.html#ixzz2QdslZScX

City pulls permit for anti-pipeline art show

Calgary Herald, By Sherri Zickefoose
An anti-oil pipeline art show is being sent packing from City Hall’s atrium after officials yanked the group’s permit over price tags and politics…

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Anti-pipeline art exhibit stirs controversy at Calgary City Hall

The Globe and Mail, By Dawn Walton and Nathan Vanderklippe
Serene images of sea lions, spirit bears and cormorants are hardly cause for controversy, but they have created quite a stir…

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Michael Svob paints on the beach during an expedition sponsored and organized by Raincoast Conservation Foundation to depict the biodiversity and integrated, ecological elements of the forest, intertidal, and ocean zones, and the people, flora and fauna that have lived there for thousands of years. Submitted photo    3 sec.    Bookmark and ShareChange text size for the storyPrintReport an errorCanmore’s Solara Resort will host an exhibition of work from more than 40 artists that took up paintbrushes and carving tools to portray Canada’s west coast.During a two-week period in June of 2012, a group of 50 renowned artists — including painter Robert Bateman and sculptor Craig Benson — travelled to the region on an expedition organized by Raincoast Conservation Foundation.The exhibition, which will be in Canmore April 19-22, is in reaction to the proposed Northern Gateway pipeline by Enbridge and its international partners.“We want to raise awareness of this issue, particularly the Northern Gateway issue,” said Raincoast Conservation Foundation’s Brian Falconer. “Like two out of three British Columbians, the artists all feel that this is a really, really wrong project. It’s in a really wrong place. It’s just a place that doesn’t need or want oil tankers.”The goal of the artwork, noted Falconer, is to bring attention to the dramatic beauty and ecological diversity of B.C.’s north and central coasts that will be at risk if tankers are permitted to ship diluted bitumen through the channel.The original artworks were all donated to be part of a travelling awareness show, which begins an Alberta tour April 15 in Calgary at the Atrium of the Calgary Municipal Building.“We wanted to pick some places in Alberta where people have both a connection with nature but also an understanding of the resource issues,” said Falconer, who spent more than 20 years sailing and working along the proposed oil tanker route.“Calgary was the obvious first choice, but Canmore is a place where people really connect with nature … it’s a beautiful, beautiful part of the world.”The exhibition travelled through southern B.C. this past winter.More than 80 per cent of the artwork that will be on display, which includes a $50,000 signature bronze by Benson entitled Raincoast Bowl, has already been sold to collectors through an online fundraising auction during the B.C. tour that ran October through January.The opening event in the Theatre at Solara on April 19, beginning at 6 p.m., will feature a 22-minute documentary on the expedition entitled Reflections: Art for an Oil-Free Coast.“It’s a really powerful film,” said Falconer. “We have a question and answer period after, and the conversations have been absolutely amazing.”russ.ullyot@sunmedia.caReader's comments »If you already have an account on this newspaper, you can login to the newspaper to add your comments.By adding a comment on the site, you accept our terms and conditions and our netiquette rules.Local BusinessesClick here to find out more! Click here to find out more!Advertise with usContributeSend Your Scoop!Share your story, photo or video about something you've seen.Send your storySocial ActivitySubscriptionStart your day with Canmore LeaderChoose among a variety of subscription packages and stay up to date with convenient home delivery and our on the go digital e-edition.View my optionsE-Editions    Local    RegionalVulcan Advocate

Art for an oil-free coast comes to Canmore

By Russ Ullyot, Canmore Leader
Canmore’s Solara Resort will host an exhibition of work from more than 40 artists that took up paintbrushes and carving tools to portray Canada’s west coast…

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Art for an oil-free coast: Overview


Fifty artists have taken up paintbrushes and carving tools to protect Canada’s fragile raincoast. See the art, get the book, watch the film, stop Northern Gateway.



REFLECTIONS chronicles the journey of artists to the heart of the tanker route. Watch it now on YouTube.

About the artists

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Artists involved with the project include Robert Bateman, Robert Davidson, Mae Moore, Carol Evans, Roy Henry Vickers, Craig Benson, Michael Svob, Alison Watt, Ben Davidson, Mark Hobson and more.

About the book

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The book highlights the art work, most of which are originals, of 50 incredible Canadian artists and writings from esteemed Canadian scientists like David Suzuki and Wade Davis. A free eBook for ipad is now available from itunes.

Art Exhibition Dates and Locations


Raincoast’s has toured the Art for an oil-free coast exhibition in BC and Alberta to incredible and sometimes controversial receptions. The exhibitions and auctions are now complete.

News and Updates

Get the news and updates from our Oil Free Coast Campaign

News and Updates: Art for an Oil-Free Coast Get the latest new from the art tour in Alberta, the film, the book, and the artists who are championing our oil-free coast.

The Art Auction


The auctions are now complete and most pieces have sold. Over $125,000 (to date) has been raised by the artists. Several outstanding pieces remain for sale which we will feature on our website soon.

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