The Ranche at Fish Creek Restoration Society

The Ranche at Fish Creek Restoration Society

July 12, 2012 10:00 ET

Naked in Nature

brings art to life in Fish Creek Provincial Park

CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - July 12, 2012) - "Blank canvases, stone and glass are among the mediums being used by 13 Canadian artists who will bare their artistic souls for the public " says Mitzie Wasyliw, the creative influence behind this initiative of The Ranche at Fish Creek Restoration Society. The completed artworks will be among the 175 original works being created for the Artisan Gardens project, that showcases over 60 Canadian artists being featured in the Gardens at the Historical Bow Valley Ranche.

The Artisan Gardens, an innovative art gallery set in nature, will be open to the public year round, honouring the First Nations People and the natural environment of the Fish Creek valley.

The Naked in Nature event is free and open to the public daily 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. July 19th - 22nd, in the Artisan Gardens at the Historical Bow Valley Ranche, in Fish Creek Provincial Park.

"This event will introduce our youngest participating artist, 9 yr. old Gary Luo". A child prodigy, composer and artist, Gary Luo created a song for the Artisan Garden project called "Fish Creek."

Our most senior artist, 82 year old internationally renowned wildlife artist and naturalist, Robert Bateman has completed his piece for this project. When asked why he felt compelled to support the Artisan Gardens project Robert Bateman said... "Since I am of a certain age my opinions on our planet are coloured by a historic perspective. My memories go back to the 1930s and each decade has seen changes. The trend is to more convenience and unbridled materialism. This seems to be popular but there is an unintended consequence ...... we are wiping out our natural heritage and human heritage. Many, many things of value in these two categories have disappeared in my lifetime. If you like to say goodbye, well, this seems to be a perfect time for you. I do not like to say goodbye to wonderful pieces of natural heritage and human heritage. This is why, since the 1960s I have dedicated much of my art and public life towards helping to prevent their destruction. This is also why I support the Artisan Gardens Project. "

First Nation's artist, Roland Rollinmud, will be among the 13 participating artists at this four day event that will include entertainment as well as showcase 30 pieces of art completed to date including two life size bronze statues, a teepee interpretation made of brushed stainless steel, mosaic stepping stones showcasing brands of the Ranche history in the Branded patio and hand carved artisan stone benches that grace the promenade alongside the Native Gardens.

The Naked in Nature outdoor event, celebrates Art, Nature and Legacy. "Families, corporations and individuals are encouraged to be part of this project. By sponsoring one of the many art pieces, participants become a 'Ranche Hand' preserving and becoming a part of the city's history to be enjoyed for generations to come, establishing a legacy for Calgary on the global stage" Wasyliw explains.

The Ranche at Fish Creek Restoration Society is 100% volunteer based with funds raised going directly to our $1 million dollar goal for the Artisan Garden project; currently $525,000 has been raised.



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