Art Card Writing Club

Ongoing

In an era of form letters, email, and social distancing, hand-written, vividly beautiful cards landing on the desk of a decision-maker is a powerful form of communication. Join artist Marisa Pahl every month in writing to government policy makers, influencers, researchers and others to show your support for the wildlife in British Columbia.

Marisa Pahl, a west coast artist specializing in watercolours and a long time supporter of Pacific Wild, will host a monthly lunch & write Zoom, where you’ll all work collaboratively to send uniquely visual and meaningful postcards relating to B.C. conservation and wildlife protection.

Every month, subscribers will receive a package of postcards which will feature a different artist each month. The mailed packages will include a minimum of five postcards. Two postcards will be stamped for delivery from your country (US and Canada at this time; those outside of North America are welcome to send as well with your own purchase of postage). The remaining cards are yours to keep… share your passion for conservation with friends and family, save as gifts, or even frame one of each series.

Marisa Pahl, a west coast artist specializing in watercolours and a long time supporter of Pacific Wild, will host a monthly lunch & write Zoom, where you’ll all work collaboratively to send uniquely visual and meaningful postcards relating to B.C. conservation and wildlife protection.

Every month, subscribers will receive a package of postcards which will feature a different artist each month. The mailed packages will include a minimum of five postcards. Two postcards will be stamped for delivery from your country (US and Canada at this time; those outside of North America are welcome to send as well with your own purchase of postage). The remaining cards are yours to keep… share your passion for conservation with friends and family, save as gifts, or even frame one of each series.

We plan to run this club annually, with 12 different artists each year generously donating one piece each for this initiative as part of their support for Pacific Wild’s work. Prints are often available as well and links can be found in the artist bios below (watch this space).

Membership is a minimum $25/month with a commitment for the remainder of 2022 to cover the cost of the postcard printing, postage and stamps. You will also receive a tax receipt in February of 2023 for the monthly $10 or more donation portion of your club membership. A lovely volunteer has offered to do the monthly mailings to reduce administration costs.

Join these generous artists and Marisa Pahl today for this ‘Art & Activism’ initiative, and let’s go old school on connecting with government and decision-makers!

Current Featured Artists

Joanne Beels
Vancouver Island

Marisa Pahl
Vancouver

Vicky Bowes
Gabriola Island

Joanne Beels

Hi. My name is Joanne, and I currently live on Vancouver Island, on the beautiful Rainforest Coast of the Pacific North West, with my husband, three sons, and my faithful shadow, Rosie, our rescue dog from Saskatchewan.

I have always had an affinity for animals, wildlife and conservation issues. However, life as a full-time mum, and military wife left little spare time to follow my passions.

I have a BA(Hons) in Textile and Surface Pattern Design and a Post Graduate Certificate of Education in Art Teaching and worked as a Graphic Illustrator at Paignton Zoological and Environmental Park, Devon, UK.

For the past 10 years I have been creating works based on the incredible biodiversity around the Salish Sea and in British Columbia. My piece for the art card club is, ‘The Last Stare’, a large scale acrylic painting depicting Takaya, the lone wolf of the Discovery Islands. I am dedicated to protecting wildlife and habitats in my Canadian home through Wildlife Artivism in my Studio Art-butus.

https://www.instagram.com/joannebeels/

Marisa Pahl

Hi, my name is Marisa Pahl. I’m an artist working at the intersection of ecology, education, and social practice. I guess that’s a fancy way of saying I work across mediums and disciplines, often looking at things really close up — or stepping back to see a systems change perspective.

As an environmental artist and a watercolour painter, my process is fuelled by research, land-based stories, and time outside. Exploring human relationships with place is a common thread in my work. There is so much to discover about ourselves and our collective histories by learning about the land and waters that surround us.

As a queer, femme person of European descent and an uninvited visitor on the stolen lands of the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh, Tsleil-Waututh, and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm, I seek to engage with climate change (and life in general) through an intersectional lens.

This year I’m having fun hosting meditative painting workshops online for my community, which are inspired by a different Pacific Coast tree each month. You’re invited to join me for some quiet, creative play time!

Vicky Bowes

Hi, my name is Vicky Bowes. I am an artist working from Gabriola Island on the B.C. west coast. I am also an author and illustrator, and co-founder of Ocean Roots, which strives to create ocean conservation-aware artwork to portray the beauty of our natural environment. 

These works range from greeting cards to very large-scale paintings, and have been on display at many prestigious conservation events. I am a longtime supporter of Pacific Wild, and the image I have shared for a card is called ‘W is for Wolf’, one of the letters in my new nursery illustrated alphabet for young children.

When I’m not at work, you will find me on a stand-up paddleboard, exploring the magic of the Salish Sea, especially during herring season.

https://www.etsy.com/ca/shop/SpringTideCreation