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General News · 18th November 2012
sabina leader mense
The Artists’ Journey to the Children’s Forest is culminating in the Artists' Journey Art Auction this Friday, November 23 at Saltspring's ArtSpring center. Online viewing and bidding at

The Forest Trust for the Children of Cortes Island Society has been formed to purchase approximately 600 acres of ecologically significant forest lands on Cortes Island and place them in trust to the children of Cortes, in perpetuity. These forest lands are affectionately known on Cortes as, the ‘Children’s Forest.’

Cortes children have taken the lead in this vision and engaged in a Forest Alphabet art initiative which is documented in the book, Forest Alphabet: Artistic Visions of a Forest in Trust to the Children, a print-ready file awaiting publication. “Forest Alphabet features the original artwork and voices of 33 bright-eyed and beautiful children from Cortes Island speaking out for the protection, in perpetuity, of the Children’s Forest – a place they call home in the rainforests of British Columbia.” The sales of Forest Alphabet will be used for promotion and fundraising towards purchase of the Children’s Forest.
The book is endorsed by Robert Bateman, Tzeporah Berman and Ann Mortifee.

The Artists’ Journey brought visiting artists to the Children’s Forest in the summer of 2012, where they were joined by local artists and created beautiful works of art inspired by the forest. These works of art have been donated to raise the funds necessary to publish Forest Alphabet.

The Artists’ Journey Art Auction will be officially opened by Ann Mortifee, honourary director of the Forest Trust for the Children of Cortes Island Society, at 3 pm on Friday, November 23, 2012 at Saltspring’s ArtSpring Center.
The public is invited to join Ann Mortifee and husband Paul Horn for afternoon tea, 3 pm – 5pm, in the gallery while viewing the artwork.
Ann Mortifee will speak at 7 pm on her venture into the Trust for Sustainable Forestry and Forest Trust director, Sabina Leader Mense, will speak on the Children’s Forest. The children of Cortes will end the evening with a live auction of ents & banners created for the Children’s Forest and announce the sealed bid auction winners at 9 pm.

Artists of all disciplines have contributed to the auction, making for an exceptionally interesting and eclectic collection of artwork. Artwork will be posted online for public viewing two weeks prior to the ArtSpring event.

* To view the artwork online go to
* To place a sealed bid online, e-mail; place art auction in the subject; bidding closes at 9 am Friday, November 23.
* To place a sealed bid in person, visit ArtSpring between 3 pm – 7 pm on Friday November 23; bidding closes at 7 pm.

Imagine… a forest in trust to the children.

Sponsored by the Forest Trust for the Children of Cortes Island Society