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Victoria-based driftwood artist launches new exhibit to support vulnerable animals


Tanya Bub is an animal lover and it shows.

The Victoria-based artist is gearing up to host an exhibit next month at the Gage Gallery downtown, donating 25% of sales to helping the region’s most vulnerable critters.

“I love dogs, as do many people,” Bub tells Victoria Buzz, highlighting her fast-approaching Champion for Animals fundraiser for the BC SPCA.

“I wanted to do something to help them out, and the SPCA does fantastic work. I thought this would be a great opportunity to do something really fun and make dogs’ lives better,” she said.

Bub’s creations are crafted from wood and recyclable materials and include unique sculptures of domestic pets and wild animals like lions, wolves and owls.

According to Bub, she’s been in the business for over three years now, with past pieces displayed in various venues around town including the Empress Hotel, Bay Centre and Emily Carr House. 

Her upcoming show runs from May 10th to 29th.

“It’s going to be a super fun show with a lot of dogs made of driftwood, actually. The dogs look like they’re alive,” explained Bub.

“If you’re not in the position to get a real dog, you can get a drift dog and at the same time do something nice for real dogs.”

Breanna Beckett is the SPCA’s senior manager for the capital region and says she and her colleagues are “thrilled” to be partnering with Bub.

“This will be our first BC SPCA third-party event since the pandemic,” said Beckett.

“We are so grateful to Tanya for her compassion and generosity, and we hope that this will be the first of many post-pandemic Champion for Animals events to help animals in the Victoria area.”

More information about Bub and her work can be found online here.

Art For Dogs And The People Who Love Them

  • Who: Driftwood artist Tanya Bub
  • When: May 10th to 29th, 2022
  • Where: Gage Gallery, 19 Bastion Square

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