May – June 2017

Project: Ecosploitation

Workshop and Gallery Exhibition, Artist Talk, and Reception

With visiting Fresh! AiR Artist Eric Button, Vancouver BC

A partnership between the Caetani Centre and the Allan Brooks Nature Centre.

Upcoming Events:

Junior Sketch Club
Sunday June 11, 10am – Noon
For more information and to reserve a spot call the Allan Brooks Nature Centre
All ages welcome

Gallery Exhibition, Artist Talk, and Reception
Wednesday, June 21, 6 – 9 pm
Artist Talk starts at 7 pm
Caetani Cultural Centre

Eric Button is an emerging artist living and working in Vancouver, British Columbia. He holds a BFA with a major in Illustration from Emily Carr University of Art + Design. Nature and Canadian culture are common themes in his work, which he explores with a sense of humour and a touch of cynicism.


The most terrifying art exhibit Vernon has ever seen! Thrills! Disaster! Nature gone mad! Experience a nightmare of ecological proportions! All in glorious 4-colour ball point pen!

For his most recent project in collaboration with the Allan Brooks Nature Centre and the Caetani Cultural Centre, Eric has focused on the ecological footprint of human activity.

He has spent his time in Vernon exploring the area, doing research and creating narrative drawings that depict both the small and large scale impacts humans have on our environment.

The imagery draws on a wide range of influences ranging from the idyllic nature paintings of Allan Brooks and Robert Bateman, to the extravagant film posters of exploitation cinema. All the drawings were meticulously drawn with a ballpoint pen, a tool that was chosen for its ubiquity and association with everyday human affairs.

Eric hopes that by commenting on the danger posed by climate change and other human caused ecological impacts that he will draw attention to the inability of people and governments to take these issues seriously.