Art Prints Inspired by Bloedel Finches

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Paula Grasdal is a Vancouver mixed media artist, printmaker, and graphic designer. She is also one of the new dedicated Roving Docents volunteering at the Bloedel Conservatory. The amazing birds at Bloedel – especially the exotic finches – became Paula’s source of inspiration. A number of prints in this series, along with artwork by co-exhibitor Rosalind Rorke, make up the “Recurrence” exhibit, now on display at the Dundarave Print Workshop on Granville Island until June 29.

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Paula began by taking a series of photographs of gouldian finches and various botanical specimens at the conservatory as source material for the imagery. She incorporated a circular motif to mirror the building’s shape. These prints incorporate abstract patterns, shadows and shifting perspectives to evoke the sense of a “fleeting glimpse of something seen and then remembered with a skewed perspective”. Inspired by repetition — cycles in nature and patterns in design — the flora and fauna is drawn from the artists’ experience and vision of the natural world. Her artwork has been featured in publications such as “Mixed Media Collage” by Quarry Press and is in private collections in the U.S. and Canada.

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Be sure to catch “Recurrence” at the Dundarave Print Workshop (in the Net Loft across from the market) at Granville Island. The Roving Docents, on hand every weekend at the Bloedel Conservatory, are also looking forward to your visit. They have amazing stories about the plants and birds that live there and can’t wait to share them with you. Come catch a glimpse of the exotic finches and get inspired!

 

100 New Birds Grace the Bloedel Conservatory!

Imagine all the colours of a rainbow wrapped around one tiny adorable little bird! Now multiply that times 60! It is truly a sight to behold!

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A variety of gorgeous new exotic birds including gouldian, saffron, lavender, cordon bleu and fire finches now grace the Bloedel Conservatory. All thanks to a tremendous donation by a private hobby breeder from Calgary. She selected our green jewel at the top of Queen Elizabeth park as the perfect recipient of these small bundles of wonder. After receiving thorough check ups from Night Owl Veterinary Clinic, over one hundred new birds now call the Conservatory home!

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The tropical and subtropical environment in the dome are ideal for these types of finches. Even though gouldian finches, native to Australia, make up about 60% of the donation, the Conservatory’s African finch collection has also gotten a big boost. Red-cheeked cordon bleu, gold breasted waxbills, grey and green singing finches and red fire finches are among the recent additions.

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Also new to Bloedel are two pairs of lineolated parrots, and a stunning Lady Amherst pheasant. There is so much to talk about on the next

Walk in the Tropics

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Wednesday, August 21st at 6:30pm!

Join Jenny Tamas, Adoptions Director from the Greyhaven Exotic Bird Sanctuary, who will introduce you to the all of the parrots, macaws, and of course the smaller birds that live at the Conservatory. She will share interesting facts about each species, as well as the care required, diet considerations and tips for keeping your own feathered companions healthy and happy.

Cost to attend the walk is $10 for VanDusen members and $15 for non-members, which includes admission to the Conservatory. Pre-registration is a must! Register online, by phone, in person or by fax. Visit the VanDusen Botanical Garden Adult Education Registration page for all registration information.

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So, what are you waiting for? Grab your camera and get up to the Bloedel Conservatory! Your whole family will be delighted by the exotic sights and sounds. It’s always a great day for a visit! The birds can’t wait to meet you!

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