Artists for Conservation

Artists for Conservation

October 25, 2010 16:35 ET

Artists for Conservation: World Renowned Artists Offer Original Works to Virtual Exhibit Benefiting Conservation Charities

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Oct. 25, 2010) - Artists for Conservation, the world's leading group of nature artists, today announced the launch of its first virtual exhibit, which will feature original works by Robert Bateman and some of the world's most regarded artists. The exhibit, which will be shown exclusively online, will showcase 150 conservation-themed paintings and sculptures by some of the world's most regarded nature artists including Bateman, Guy Coheleach, Kelly Dodge, David Kitler, and Terry Isaac.

"Artists have always been on the forefront of conservation," said Jeff Whiting, founder of Artists for Conservation, the Vancouver-based non-profit organizing the online exhibit. "This a great example of art in action. All of the artists featured in this exhibit are lending their talent to support wildlife and habitat conservation and to celebrate our natural heritage."

The Art of Conservation opens to public Friday October 29, 2010. All pre-priced works will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis directly by the artist. An average of 15 per cent of each sale will be donated directly to a conservation charity of the artist's choice. The virtual exhibit could potentially raise $75,000 for various conservation charities.

"By hosting the exhibit on the World Wide Web, we open it up to a global audience," said Whiting. "It's our hope to promote global awareness and raise funds for conservation this way. We also want to recognize the artists from around the world who contributed to this exhibit to support wildlife and habitat conservation."

The Art of Conservation runs until December 31, 2010. Media receive an exclusive sneak peak of the exhibit starting at noon PST Monday, October 25, 2010. For VIP access visit www.artistsforconservation.org. User name: 2010media; Password: exhibit2010. High-resolution images are available upon request.

Artists for Conservation is the world's leading artist group dedicated to supporting the environment. Founded in 1997, AFC is a non-profit organization based in Vancouver, Canada with a membership spanning five continents and 27 countries. Comprised of some of the most gifted nature, landscape and wildlife artists of our time, AFC membership is by invitation only and includes world-renowned artists such as Robert Bateman, John Banovich and David Shepherd.

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