Globetrotting artist/conservationist Christina Nick has once again touched down in Whistler and is hosting three separate slideshow events this weekend to bring anyone who is interested up to speed on her latest endeavours.
A former Garibaldi park ranger and interpretive naturalist, Nick is well known to the Whistler arts community for her work as a multi-disciplinary visual artist, arts advocate, and founder of the summer ArtRageous events.
She currently maintains a studio in the south of France, where she is able to create works in welded steel, cire perdu bronze, carved stone and wood, and fibreglass resin.
Not one to lay low for too long, Nick recently spent three months time in Namibia, Africa, working on a field project with the Rare and Endangered Species Trust (REST) involving capturing, tagging and tracking Cape Griffon Vultures. The birds have been identified by REST as Namibias most endangered species due to "poisoning, electrification, habitat destruction, and diet deficiencies."
Though Nick had previously worked on a vulture project in the French Pyrenees near her studio and had worked on a hummingbird project in Equador, she says she headed for Namibia with the intention of working with Cheetahs. Ending up with RESTs Cape Griffon Vulture project was a result of "one of those serendipity moments."
Nick remained creatively active while in Africa. A series of prints and sketches produced in Namibia was recently exhibited in Toronto. And while she plans to stick around Whistler ("home") for a while, she also has it in mind to get some quality time in her French studio while still buzzing from a trip she has deemed "an opportunity to glean inspiration for future artworks."
In the meantime, she is presenting three local slideshows of images of her artworks and travel photography from Namibia similar in format to presentations she has done in the past.
Nick will show her work in Whistler at Dustys on Friday, March 11, at the Brackendale Art Gallery on Saturday, March 12 and at the Pony Espresso in Pemberton on Sunday, March 13. All the shows will begin at 8 p.m., and are free to the public with donation boxes on hand for REST.
For more information on REST visit the organizations website at www.RESTafrica.org.