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Artists for Conservation Festival

September 20, 2016 12:00 ET

World's Top Nature Artists Return to Canada's Grouse Mountain for Conservation Festival

VANCOUVER, BC--(Marketwired - September 20, 2016) - One of the world's largest gatherings in art and conservation will take place at Vancouver's Grouse Mountain September 29th – 40 of the world's leading nature and wildlife artists from around the globe will assemble for the 6th annual Artists for Conservation Festival, sponsored by RE/MAX. Canadian art and environmental icon, Robert Bateman returns as the Festival Patron and a special First Nations welcoming ceremony for public and artists will take place at the foot of the mountain.

"The Artists for Conservation Festival is a unique cultural event in the world today, featuring a major world-class art exhibit, live painting and sculpting demos, lectures, musical performances, films and environmental education programming for students," said Jeff Whiting, founder of Artists for Conservation. "It is a real privilege and thrill to have dozens of internationally-recognized artists convening here in Vancouver, Canada again in support of conservation."

At 7 p.m. on September 29th, the Artists for Conservation Festival kicks-off with a ticketed Grand Opening Reception, featuring awards and a chance to mingle with some of the world's top artists. Master American wildlife artist, Guy Coheleach, will be honoured and Robert Bateman will unveil a new major artwork created especially for the event. The Festival opens to the general public at 10 a.m. September 30th and runs through to October 3rd.

Founded in 1997, Artists for Conservation is a non-profit organization, which has created a community of approximately 500 gifted nature artists from 27 countries.

New this year will be a special First Nations public welcoming ceremony at 10 a.m. on Saturday, October 1st, at the base of Grouse Mountain. Free and accessible to the public, the ceremony will feature a drumming performance, live birds of prey and a totem carving demonstration, featuring William Nahanee and acclaimed Coast Salish artist Xwalacktun. Funds raised from the gala and artwork sales during the event will support Artists for Conservation's year-round art and environmental education programming as well as other conservation organizations around the globe.

Guests attending the festival's main activities at Grouse Mountain's peak chalet will have the opportunity to enjoy and purchase from a world-class international collection of original paintings and sculptures. All artwork is for sale with 40 per cent of proceeds supporting conservation programs worldwide and Artists for Conservation's year-round art and environmental education programming for youth. All peak activities, with the exception of the opening reception, are free with Grouse Mountain admission.

Following the Vancouver event, the exhibit along with many festival activities will tour to the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum in Tucson, Arizona in December.

For more information and to purchase tickets to the Artists for Conservation Festival, please visit: http://festival.artistsforconservation.org/.

About Artists for Conservation

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

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