Conservation on Canvas
In the Conservation on Canvas project, local artist and art educator Michael McEwing visited all the Nature Trust preserves in existence as of 2013 and created a series of paintings that were inspired by his adventures and experiences. This project began in September 2013 when Michael approached the Nature Trust with his unique idea to promote conservation in this way. Michael was originally inspired by a series of music videos that were filmed on the nature preserves and wanted to challenge himself to discover what made each conserved space special.
The project spanned four years, and in 2017 Michael completed his last painting for a total of 33. The exhibition opened at the New Brunswick Museum on October 5th to much acclaim, and will remain there until January 2018 when it will go on a province-wide tour. Michael has also become an excellent ambassador for the Nature Trust and conservation in the province, as he has spoken about the project at many events, including the Dooryard Arts Festival and Paint the Hartland. He has also led conservation-themed art workshops for school groups and at Nature Trust events such as the grand opening celebration for Green Island Nature Preserve in Florenceville-Bristol and an Art in Nature event in celebration of Conservation on Canvas at Saint Rests Marsh F. Gordon Carvell Nature Preserve.
Michael created a blog to share his adventures, as well as showcase his painting progress. To view this and see how the project came to life, visit: conservationcanvas.weebly.com.
About the Artist
Michael McEwing is an artist and art educator who is currently working in the Carleton County area of New Brunswick, Canada. He has multiple post-secondary degrees based in fine arts and education which include a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Mount Allison University in 2006 and two degrees from the University of New Brunswick: a Bachelor of Education with a major in Secondary Arts in 1995 and a Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in Multimedia Studies received in 2000.
McEwing works with a variety of mediums, which can range from oil and acrylic painting to printmaking and mixed media. Aside from bringing awareness to conservation efforts in New Brunswick, he also strives for the arts within his own community and in the field of education. He helped form the River Valley Arts Alliance in 2008 with other art enthusiasts who work together to hold the annual Dooryard Arts Festival in Woodstock.