An in-person event hosted by Patagonia Vancouver and Sierra Club BC
Thursday, April 20, 2023 at 7:00 p.m. PT
Join us for a very special in-person event at Vancouver’s Patagonia store featuring an update on the state of old-growth forests in B.C., a live forest-inspired art lesson, and a chance to win Patagonia gear.
Enjoy refreshments from Tality Kombucha and Persephone Brewing while Sierra Club BC’s Campaign Director, Dr. Shelley Luce, shares updates on the state of old-growth forests in B.C., SCBC’s theory of change and how you can join us in taking action for the lands and waters we all love and depend on.
Special guest and scientific illustrator Dr. Julius Csotony will guide you along a step-by-step lesson on how to draw an endangered forest being that calls old-growth ecosystems home.
This event is free and open for everyone to attend — bring a friend and enjoy a night of drawing and learning!
Where: Patagonia Vancouver, 1994 W 4th Ave When: Thursday, April 20th, 2023, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
About the speakers
Dr. Shelley Luce has worked in leadership roles for nonprofits in Los Angeles for 15 years, most recently as the president of Heal the Bay. She is currently Sierra Club BC’s Director of Campaigns and Programs. Her focus so far has been water and forest protection, with an emphasis on community resilience and environmental justice. She is deeply committed to the vision laid out in SCBC’s strategic plan Growing Into Balance and honoured to join the SCBC team as we embark on a transformation to better center Indigenous voices and communities of color. Shelley is excited to lead the SCBC team to develop collaborative, innovative strategic actions with measurable goals and publicly reported outcomes. Shelley holds a Doctorate in Environmental Science and Engineering from UCLA and a BS in Biology from McGill.
Dr. Julius Csotonyi is a Vancouver-based scientific illustrator and natural history fine artist. He has a scientific background in ecology (MSc) and microbiology (PhD) which has taken him to study sensitive ecosystems, from sand dunes in the Rocky Mountain parks to hydrothermal vents at the bottom of the Pacific Ocean. These experiences have fuelled a strong resolve to work toward preserving the earth’s biota. Painting biological subjects is one means that he uses to both enhance public awareness of biological diversity and to motivate concern for its welfare. He paints murals and panels that have appeared in numerous museums (e.g. the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History), press release images for scientific publications, books, stamp sets (e.g. the 2018 “Sharks of Canada” set for Canada Post), and coins for the Royal Canadian Mint. His work is viewable on his online gallery, http://csotonyi.com