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TAKE A HIKE!
The David Suzuki Foundation cordially invites you to an evening at the AGO with scientist and broadcaster David Suzuki and Richard Louv, celebrated author of bestselling books Last Child in the Woods and The Nature Principle: Reconnecting with Life in a Virtual Age (richardlouv.com). The evening will include discussion about the urgent need to connect kids (and grown-ups) with nature and the amazing health benefits that nature provides. The evening will include a Q&A, book signings, and will be moderated by Dr. Faisal Moola from the David Suzuki Foundation.
June 14th 2012
6:30pm - Doors open
7:00 - 8:30pm - David Suzuki and Richard Louv in discussion, moderated by Dr. Faisal Moola
8:30pm - Book signings and a raffle for a piece of art by David Suzuki
Tickets are $20 for adults
Youth (under 17) and seniors (65+) are $15
Raffle for David Suzuki's framed Gyotaku print
There are still so many things I want to do before I pass on and the atoms in my body are returned to the natural world from which they came. To be able to paint half as well as my late sister, Aiko, is one of the items left on my “to-do list”. She often encouraged me to paint while she was alive, but I was always too busy to pursue it seriously.
Now, I dabble in an ancient Japanese art form called 'gyotaku' - 'gyo' meaning fish and 'taku' meaning rubbing. It is a traditional form of fish printing. In the 1800's, Japanese fisherman might cover a fish in ink and press rice paper onto it. When removed, the exact mirror image of the fish would remain. They did it to prove the size of their catch, but it soon became an art form. From time-to-time, I have been lucky enough to take lessons from a master, Mineo Ryuko Yamamoto, when he comes to Vancouver to teach at the University of British Columbia.
I thank him for his patience. This painting is my first. I hope you enjoy it. This 'carp', while not an iconic species like a killer whale or a salmon represents for me personally, a time and place in nature that was part of my childhood. It continues to be part of my life now with my children and grandchildren. I love to fish, always have and always will.
I dedicate my paintings to my father, who found strength in the Japanese tradition of nature-worship and continues to be my hero.
Dr. David Suzuki