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Suggest 2018 feature artist

Suggest a feature artist for 2018 Dinner

Conservation Dinner Committee invites public to suggest possible feature artists

Featured art at gala charitable auction has ranged from ice, metal, and wood sculptures, to fine art, to culinary art; community committee invites people to suggest artists they feel should be considered

The Conservation Dinner has honoured 21 local artists as feature artists over the 28-year history of the gala charitable auction event. The Dinner Committee is already at work planning ahead for the 29th Conservation Dinner in 2018. The community committee is inviting members of the public to suggest possible feature artists for next year’s gala.

This community fundraising event is organized by community volunteers, the Exeter Lions Club, and the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Foundation. The featured art at the auction has ranged from culinary art, to sculptures made of ice, wood, or metal, to fine art such as paintings. The Dinner Committee has selected the feature art and feature artist each year. The community members on the committee, at the most recent organizational meeting, decided it would be a great idea to invite citizens to suggest artists whom they think would be worthy of consideration next year or in future years.

If you would like to submit a name of a possible artist for the Dinner Committee’s standing record of nominees, please email (with ‘Feature Artist Nomination’ in the subject line) or phone 519-235-2610 or toll-free 1-888-286-2610. You are invited to submit your suggestion for this year’s Dinner until September 15, 2017. The Dinner Committee will take all suggestions and add them to their list to assist them when selecting next year’s honoree.

“We have many talented local artists working in many different media in this area and I hope you will consider providing the Dinner Committee with names of people you think should be considered when the Committee selects the feature artist,” said Past Co-Chair Janet Clarke. “It is always exciting when the Dinner Committee announces the feature artist for a new year and the Committee is looking forward to reviewing the community’s suggestions.”

Past honorees named as Conservation Dinner feature artist include: Iceculture Inc. (2017); Jim Dawe, Murals in Metal (2016); James Eddington, Culinary Feature Artist (2015); Tammy Laye (2014; 1990-1995); Madeleine Roske (2013); Martin Zimmer (2012); Catherine Weber (2011); Fran Roelands (2010); Bill Nieuwland (2009); David Bannister (2008); the late Tim Clark (2007 and 1997); Teresa Marie (2006); Rae Ann Ladouceur (2005); Elisabeth Tonner-Keats (2004); Randy Jones (2003); Fred Negrijn (2002); Ken Jackson (2001); Kent Wilkens (2000); Barry Richman (1999); Flora Doerr (1998); and Peter Etril Snyder (1996).

In 2017, feature artist Iceculture Inc. created an impressive, intricate ice sculpture, with artistic representations of maple leaves and logs etched into the design. Red-iced cupcakes were incorporated into the ice sculpture.

The Conservation Dinner has raised more than $1.1 million in net proceeds for community conservation projects, since 1990, over its 28-year-history. Net proceeds are split evenly between the Exeter Lions Club and the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Foundation to support parks and recreation; nature education; accessible trails; youth programs including bursary awards and job opportunities; and other local community conservation projects. 

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The 29th Conservation Dinner is to be held on Thursday, April 12, 2018 at South Huron Recreation Centre at 94 Victoria Street East in Exeter. Tickets are usually ready for purchase as early as the Christmas season. Patrons receive a charitable gift receipt, for income tax purposes, for a portion of the ticket price.

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