BPBO is a member-based charitable organization with a mission to promote and foster the study, appreciation and conservation of birds and their habitats in the Bruce Peninsula region of Ontario, Canada.
BPBO's operations focus on the Cabot Head area, which was declared an international “Important Bird Area” in 2002. BPBO’s core program is migration monitoring at the Cabot Head Research Station. The data collected generates vital knowledge that contributes to the survival of many bird species during a time when many species struggle against the threats of climate change and habitat loss.
Stuart Burgess has a BFA in Fine Art and Art Education from the Nova Scotia College of Art. He lives on a bush lot on the Bruce Peninsula and the creatures that share that environment inhabit his work. He primarily uses coloured pencil and lino printing to create his images, but has been known to paint the odd bison skull. He is a long-time member of the Bruce Peninsula Society of Artists.
Phil Irish, an artist from Elora, Ontario, holds degrees from York (MFA) and Guelph (BA). His work has been shown at public museums, artist-run-centres, and commercial galleries across Canada. Irish's work was featured at the Quebec City Biennial, and three times shortlisted for the Kingston Portrait Prize. He has developed new work during residencies at the Symposium in Baie-Saint-Paul, Quebec, The Banff Centre, and the Vermont Studio Center. His time as visual artist on the Canada C3 icebreaker is shaping new directions in his work. He teaches studio at Redeemer University.
I took up painting in the middle of a serious health crisis and will never give it up. A few years ago, I was very ill for many months. I remembered the stories of Matisse and Frida Kahlo painting from their beds and decided it would heal me as well. I love to paint landscapes and--in particular trees-- but I also find incredible joy in the process of tossing paint at a canvas and working randomly with acrylics until my paints dry out. I recently published my first children’s book called The Travels of Suki the Adventure Cat. I teach in the Faculty of Education at the University of Toronto and Lakehead University, where I integrate the creative arts in all of my teaching and research whenever I can.
Tanya Markvart is founder of SHOW YOUR LOVE - Art for a Sustainable World. Her paintings are inspired by the beauty of the North Bruce Peninsula, her love for wildlife and natural habitat, and all that we feel and see with the inner "eye". Her career has taken interesting turns, starting in the film & TV industry in Toronto and Montreal, then transitioning to the environmental sector. She holds a BFA from Concordia University and a PhD in Planning from the University of Waterloo. Today, she works for Parks Canada and lives in the North Bruce Peninsula.