Creston Valley Bird Fest committee chair Tanna Patterson awards artist Bruce Paterson with his $400 prize after his artwork was selected for the festival’s promotional materials for a third time.

Creston Valley Bird Fest committee chair Tanna Patterson awards artist Bruce Paterson with his $400 prize after his artwork was selected for the festival’s promotional materials for a third time.

Creston Valley Bird Fest selects Bruce Paterson artwork for third consecutive year

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Like Dave Catherall’s prize-winning apple pie at the Creston Valley Fall Fair, Bruce Paterson has combined the right ingredients to make a prize-winning poster for this year’s Creston Valley Bird Fest. This is the third year (2013 and 2014) in festival history that the judges have selected Paterson’s detailed work in watercolour, pen and ink.

The Creston Valley Bird Fest committee is pleased to purchase Ospreys to help promote the 2015 bird fest. The art will appear in advertising, on the cover of the festival program, on the www.crestonvalleybirds.ca website, on Facebook and on posters to be distributed throughout the Kootenays and beyond. Ospreys can be viewed on the festival website or at the Creston Valley Chamber of Commerce. It will be used in fundraising for next year’s bird festival.

The committee extends its appreciation to the judges and all of the artists who submitted their art to the selection process. Their efforts are truly appreciated.

This year’s bird fest will feature keynote speaker Dick Cannings, a well-known Okanagan bird biologist, as well as Marlene Machmer from Nelson speaking on herons, Brendan Mitchell of Creston on bats and Gary Davidson from Nakusp displaying photographs of the birds of Africa. The festival includes early morning guided bird-watching tours, raptor-searching bus tours, afternoon tours to the Swan Valley Honey farm, the Kootenay Meadows organic dairy and a variety of art studios, as well as canoe trips and childrens’ events at the Wildlife Interpretation Centre. West Kootenay photographer Jim Lawrence will be returning to host a workshop on wildlife photography.

Registration for the 2015 Creston Valley Bird Fest is scheduled for early March. Those wishing to make a tax-deductible contribution to the 2015 bird fest can do so at www.wildsight.ca. The Creston Valley Bird Fest is a committee of the Creston Valley Branch of Wildsight, a non-profit society valuing the wildlife and wild places of the Kootenays.

—CRESTON VALLEY BIRD FEST