Artists For Conservation

Artists For Conservation

October 07, 2011 15:38 ET

Robert Bateman Unveils Original Artwork at Artists For Conservation Festival on Grouse Mountain

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Oct. 7, 2011) - Robert Bateman, world-renowned nature artist, will unveil one of his latest works to the public at the first annual Artists for Conservation Festival on Grouse Mountain, Saturday, November 5. The 10-day event will bring out leading nature and wildlife artists from around the world, immersing visitors in art and nature through workshops, film, and a world class art show.

"Artists have always been at the forefront of conservation," said Jeff Whiting, founder of Artists for Conservation. "All of the artists featured in the show are lending their talent to support wildlife and habitat conservation with a percentage of proceeds from their artwork benefiting a conservation organization of their choice."

From November 5 to 13, 2011 festival visitors will have the opportunity to view, compare and discuss the world's top nature and wildlife art, learn about conservation issues, participate in workshops, listen to inspiring lectures, watch live painting demos and documentaries, and directly support AFC and conservation work through the purchase of artwork and festival merchandise.

"Some of the world's leading nature and wildlife artists and naturalists will be convening at Grouse Mountain to give presentations, live painting demos and workshops. We're particularly proud to be offering local students and underprivileged youth a week of inspiring art and environmental education," said Whiting. "This is a great example of art in action."

Bateman will give the opening address at the festival, which will include special presentations by 19 artists including internationally-renowned marine artist, Guy Harvey and other prominent Canadian artists such as Kelly Dodge, Mark Hobson, and David Kitler.

The Artists for Conservation Festival opens to public at 10 a.m. November 5, 2011. Festival programming is free with Grouse Mountain Skyride ticket admission. For detailed Festival information, program schedule and regular updates, visit www.artistsforconservation.org/festival.

A private black-tie fundraising gala will precede the opening celebrations on Friday, November 4 – inquiries can also be made through the festival website.

Artists For Conservation (AFC) is the world's leading group of artists supporting the environment. Founded in 1997, the non-profit organization comprises a membership of 500 of the world's most gifted nature artists from 27 countries, across five continents. Dedicated to nurture, promote and leverage its world-class community of artists in support of our natural world, AFC drives its mission through three key programs: Art & Environmental Education; Field Work & Research; and Artist Development. The Artists for Conservation Festival is AFC's annual flagship initiative to showcase, support and further these programs. For more information, visit www.artistsforconservation.org.

About Grouse Mountain

Rising 4,100 feet above Vancouver and just 15 minutes from the downtown core, Grouse Mountain is a vast alpine playground and one of British Columbia's premier four season destinations. Grouse Mountain's iconic Red Skyride gives visitors and locals alike the opportunity to see the jaw-dropping majestic nature of British Columbia unfold in front of them during the eight minute ride from the Valley Station to the summit. Once at the Peak of Vancouver, visitors are greeted with endless experiences including Grizzly bear viewing, eco-walks and ranger talks, 'hiwus' First Nations long house, world famous lumberjack shows, Birds in Motion demonstrations, Mountain top Ziplining, five Mountain top eating venues and the world's only wind turbine with a 360 degree viewing pod attached aptly named the Eye of the Wind. Grouse Mountain is also home to the Grouse Mountain Refuge for Endangered Wildlife that is residence to two orphan Grizzly bears, three timber wolves and a barn owl. The Refuge is also an active participant in the North American Hummingbird Monitoring Network and the Northern Spotted Owl captive breeding program. Grouse Mountain prides itself on running a sustainable "green" business, and is an Oceanwise certified partner. www.grousemountain.com

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