Call to Artists: ROOTED IN HISTORY: Celebrating the Garry Oak Ecosystem


The Robert Bateman Centre is pleased to host the Garry Oak Ecosystems Recovery Team and their exhibit Rooted in History: celebrating the Garry Oak ecosystem.
Artists from around Vancouver Island will exhibit two-dimensional works depicting the beauty of this significant ecosystem. The exhibit will highlight, not only the beauty, but the plight of this endangered environment as seen through the eyes of local artists. Garry oak ecosystems exist only on southern Vancouver Island, the Gulf Islands, and two areas along the Fraser River. Less than 5% of Garry oak ecosystems remain in a near-natural condition; they are in decline, mainly due to habitat loss as a result of land development.
Join us as we raise awareness about the Garry Oak Ecosystems and inspire action for their conservation and restoration.
Call to Artists
The unique beauty of the Gary oak has inspired the imagination of many creative souls; but there is more to this story that needs a stage. Its ecosystem supports over 100 species of plants and animals, all worthy of the attention of a painter’s brush or photographer’s lens. Through their art, artists are invited to shine a light on this important issue: the survival of this precious and rare ecosystem.
Local artists are asked to create a two-dimensional work inspired by the Garry oak ecosystem. Selected works will be displayed at the Robert Bateman Centre Gallery from May 3rd to June 25th. All works will be available for purchase and a percentage of the proceeds will be donated to the Garry Oak Ecosystems Recover Team to support their environmental work.
How to Submit
Artists wishing to submit work are asked to download the submission form found on www.batemancentre.org/exhibit, and email a completed form to goertartexhibit@gmail.com
Submissions are due April 1st 2017. Selected artists will be notified by April 11th 2017.
Artists are asked to pay special attention to the ecosystem of the Garry oak and not to include any invasive species. For a list of invasive species, please visit this link: www.goert.ca/about/invasive_species
For a list of species that are supported by the Garry oak ecosystem, such as the Western BlueBird, the Taylor’s Checkerspot Butterfly, the Common Camas, and the White Fawn Lily, please visit www.goert.ca/gardeners_restoration/index
For submission questions please contact mailto:erin.henshaw@batemancentre.org