The Importance of Environmental Art

Anyone who has stopped to admire the beautiful colours of a sunset over the river or to listen to the chorus of wildlife sounds and flowing water knows that nature and art go hand in hand.

Written by Amanda Masterson
Photo: David Lidbetter from the Canadian Art Collective painting at the Ottawa River Arts and Crafts day this past August.

People have been touched by the beauty of the Ottawa River since the first people arrived on its shores. The entire watershed has so much to offer lovers of natural beauty and since the day I joined the team at Ottawa Riverkeeper, I have been enjoying incredible works of art inspired by our very special river.

In fact, one of the best parts of my job is seeing the limitless creativity shared through our social channels and getting to experience the emotional ties to nature that artists are able to evoke through their work. Whether it’s a photograph of an shining icicle on the shore in the coldest days of winter or a moving poem about the rich history of our magnificent river, I can’t describe how powerful it is to see the impact of this nature-inspired art on our communities.

I am so proud that environmental art inspired by the Ottawa River is an important part of how we as an organisation can get our message to a wider audience.

How can environmental art support the swim, drink, fish cause?

  1. It reminds us of our love of nature and wildlife.
  2. It enhances our respect and our relationship with the natural world.
  3. It brings people together around an environmental cause.

The Point of View exhibit is a recent example of using art to build community around the Ottawa River. Wall Space Gallery and the Canadian Art Collective joined forces to bring this fundraiser for Ottawa Riverkeeper to life. Together, they rallied art lovers around our mission to protect the Ottawa River watershed and raised $8,200 for water protection with this outstanding event! This is the last weekend to see their show which ends on November 1st, so be sure to swing by the Wall Space Gallery in Westboro to catch it before it’s gone.


Feel free to tell us about your creations influenced by our natural world! We love seeing and sharing what you create.  Contact us about a project you have in mind or fundraising ideas you have.

As the primal creator, Nature could be considered the world’s most powerful and influential artist.

Kimberley Mok, Living/culture @ TREEHUGGER


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