DUCKS UNLIMITED CANADA NATIONAL ART PORTFOLIO 2018
Salmon Arm artist Valerie Rogers supports wetland conservation
Artwork selected for Ducks Unlimited Canada’s national collection
January 2018 – Valerie Rogers of Salmon Arm, British Columbia joins some of Canada’s most prestigious nature artists featured in Ducks Unlimited Canada’s (DUC) 2018 National Art Portfolio. By donating her artwork to DUC, Rogers is helping raise important funds for wetland conservation.
Rogers’ painting, Bathing Bear, is one of 11 pieces selected from hundreds of submissions from artists across the country.
“The National Art Portfolio is a unique program that not only promotes our country’s outstanding nature artists, but the growing need to conserve the natural areas that inspire their work,” says Michaela Bell, DUC’s national manager of retail operations.
Paintings selected for DUC’s National Art Portfolio are made into high-quality prints for use in DUC’s fundraising initiatives. Money raised supports DUC’s wetland conservation work, scientific research and education programs. Wetlands are some of the most important ecosystems on the planet. They naturally clean water, prevent floods and droughts, and help mitigate the effects of climate change by holding large amounts of carbon.
“DUC has a strong relationship with Canadian artists like Valerie Rogers,” says Bell. “I’m confident her painting will be very successful in helping us raise the money we need to continue our wetland conservation work.”
Rogers credits extensive time spent in the mountains and woods, observing animals and watching how they live as the inspiration for her artwork. In her painting Bathing Bear, she gives people a glimpse into the private life of a grizzly bear. “Grizzly bears have a high degree of intelligence, curiosity and a sense of humour,” says Rogers. “This painting was created to highlight those bear characteristics.”
Artwork by Valerie Rogers and other top Canadian nature artists are being sold at DUC community fundraising events, on art auction easels in businesses across the country and online at www.ducks.ca
Ducks Unlimited Canada (DUC) is the leader in wetland conservation. A registered charity, DUC partners with government, industry, non-profit organizations and landowners to conserve wetlands that are critical to waterfowl, wildlife and the environment. www.ducks.ca