Fifty artists, including Robert Bateman, Roy Henry Vickers, Robert Davidson, Carol Evans and Michael Svob, will spend two weeks painting remote coastal locations that could be threatened by an oil spill from the pipeline or from supertankers carrying oilsands bitumen through northern B.C. waters.
The artwork will then be compiled in a coffee-table book, Canada’s Raincoast At Risk: Art for an Oil-Free Coast, set for publication next fall. In addition to sales of the book, a travelling art show of the original paintings will raise awareness of the need to protect the coast, said Brian Falconer, marine operations director for the Raincoast Conservation Foundation, the group co-ordinating the project.
“It’s a phenomenal project,” Falconer said. ”Artists are a bellwether of what is happening in society and for the arts community to be standing up so unanimously on one particular issue is important opposition.
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