Art for an oil free coast is a art show that is showing at various west coast cities. There are works by 60 West Coast artist in this show. The “Art for an oil free coast” is a unique way for some of the best west coast artist to protest the proposed oil pipeline that is proposed to go from the oil sands to Prince Rupert BC and bring the Alberta oil to world markets. Weather one if for the pipeline or not this is a must see show. To have this many of the top flight west coast artist in one show is really amazing. It is to bad the show is not traveling to Calgary and Edmonton but it might be in the new year. The show really puts a face on the north west coast of British Columbia. The show opening is tonight at ArtSpring at 7:30 see you there. AY7XXTS9XSY7
Update I went to the opening last night a watched the movie produced by Raincoast Conservation foundation “Reflections” . The interesting this is not that I went to the opening last night but the fact I drove my car to Artspring. Yes I’m all for saving the planet and all but I did drive to the show in my car. The gas that I burned came to Salt Spring via a diesel truck via a diesel ferry via a tanker from the mainland to Vancouver Island via a pipeline to the refinery. My gas in my car actually came from oil from who knows where. So I loved the show and the art but I can not be a hypocrite and say I agree with no oil tankers no pipelines on the coast. I need my gas, food and all to live from. The power running this computer I’m typing this post on is probably from a dam that has killed a river somewhere in BC. So I have very mixed feelings about this show. I love the northern coast and do want to protect it but do like my car and the oil dependent world I live in. The northern gateway pipeline is a moral dilemma for myself. I’m not really for it but do think Canada needs a way to sell our oil to the world’s markets not just the USA. If oil does not to through Prince Rupert it will go somewhere. I’m sure if it is blocked in BC it will end up going through the Yukon to Alaska and out that way. Or maybe via Vancouver and out past Salt Spring every day. I find it is really hard to be against oil in this modern world because I use so much of it, we all do. Is there any coloration between blocking the keystone pipeline and this new one proposed the north coast of BC? If there is I would like to know. If I could pick keystone is looking pretty good to me at this point in time because it’s NIMBY. These are just my thought and my 2 cents on the topic. Please feel free to comment below. Usually I do not like to make these kinds of poli comments but there is just so much to think about with this controversial topic.
Who would have thought ART and ARTIST could posed these kinds of questions. Congratulations and thank you to Robert Bateman, Robert Davidson, Mae Moore, Carol Evans, Roy Henry Vickers, Craig Benson, Michael Svob, Alison Watt, Ben Davidson, Mark Hobson and all the other artist, writers and poets who have put so much into this show. Well done. This has to be one of the best art shows to land on Salt Spring in a long time. Below are pictures of some of the works in this show. They are all for sale on the Raincoast auction web site as a silent auction. I will be following the auction prices because there are a few works I would love to have.
Interview I did for CFSI 107.9 fm with artist / show producer Mark Hobson
On the Salt Spring ART Beat