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As Enbridge hearings close, picture looks black

Anne Hansen chose to paint black over her art. - Anne Hansen
Anne Hansen chose to paint black over her art.
— image credit: Anne Hansen

Victoria’s renowned wildlife artist Anne Hansen has found her own action for Enbridge — publicly destroying her art.

Hansen, who is known for her white-outlined Oystercatchers shorebird series, made the decision to black out a recent coastal panorama she created especially for the Enbridge oil pipeline hearings.

The four-by-five-foot painting is called “Red Sky In Morning, Sailors Take Warning” and, before being blacked out at 1pm on on Wed., Jan. 9, outside the hearings at Delta Ocean Pointe Hotel, the work showed a vibrant array of west coast life: sea lions, mergansers, oystercatchers and the Steller’s jay, B.C.’s provincial bird.

“I’m not much of a public speaker, but this is my medium, and this really shows what is going to happen to out coastline,” says Hansen. “Since they [Enbridge representatives] won’t listen to words, maybe we have to paint them a picture.”

For your own chance to get involved, join the Dogwood Initiative at the end of the Enbridge hearings in Victoria and “Knock The Vote” on Fri., Jan. 11, as volunteers go door-to-door in the ridings of Oak Bay-Gordon Head and Victoria-Swan Lake to talk about tankers and collect petition signatures — the group has even rented a bus. Meet at 4pm outside the Delta Ocean Pointe (45 Songhees). Knock until 6pm; all transportation, hot cocoa and treats provided. M

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