Last week my wife and I traveled to Vancouver, B.C. for the start of the AFC Festival. This year was different from last in that the opening and the gala wards dinner was at the Fairmont Waterfront Hotel. The plan was to open the exhibit at the Fairmont on Thursday and have it run till Sunday. It will then be moved to Grouse Mountain, North Vancouver, on the Friday Sept. 19, where it has been held in the past. The exhibit will remain there till the end of the month it will tour the United States and Canada for most of 2016.
Everything couldn’t have been better…The weather was perfect, about 75 degrees and crystal clear, beautiful paintings and sculptures by some of the worlds best wildlife artists, a wonderful dinner with musical entertainment and to top it all off my sculpture, “Ohana Rising” was awarded a Medal Of Excellence. When I submitted my work to be juried into the show it never once occurred to me that I would be awarded anything…I was just hoping my work would be good enough to be included in this exhibit. There were only five of these medals presented and other then Terry Woodall, an amazing sculptor who works with wood, I was the only other sculptor. Now that I’m about to pull out the clay and start another sculpture, this was most encouraging.
I was told they will be sending an engraved plaque to go with the medal.
Couldn’t be happier
Ohana Rising, hand painted bronze, 14Wx14Dx24H”
Left to right Jeff Whiting, AFC founder, myself and Terry Woodall