Art, Conservation Festival Opening attracts visitors ages 6 to 60+

Today's Artists For Conservation (AFC) Festival Opening at Grouse Mountain brought out young and old and everyone in-between to learn about the importance of nature through art.

Some of the finest nature and wildlife artists from around the world were doing painting demonstrations in the Chalet and interacting with the several hundred visitors. Dr. Guy Harvey, Robert Bateman, Stephen Quinn and David Kitler gave lectures in the Theatre in the Sky; kids had their faces painted and some even teamed up with musician Michael Averill on the background entertainment; others got a close-up introduction to Tyto the resident Grouse Mountain barn owl.

It was great to see how inquisitive many of the youth (and adults!) were, asking the artists and film presenters lots of detailed questions about their conservation work. Parents, kids, hikers, tourists, nature-art lovers and AFC friends came to peruse the two magnificent art galleries to learn more about the animals and their habitats that inspire the AFC artists. Artists were also on hand to sign the AFC Exhibit book, and Robert Bateman was available for a two-hour exclusive book-signing of his latest publication Bateman: New Works.

All proceeds of the sale of AFC merchandise and art work goes to support AFC's youth art and environmental education program. Robert Bateman's new painting valued at $55,000 is for sale and proceeds will also benefit AFC. 100 limited edition prints of this fabulous work are available for $225 plus tax in benefit of AFC - they are selling fast - get yours at the Grouse Mountain gift shop as soon as possible.

If you missed today's grand opening of the Artists For Conservation Festival, then no worries. Tomorrow's (Nov 6) line-up of activities is just as promising! 
We are proud to feature the Canadian premiere screening of This is Your Ocean: Sharks in the Theatre in the Sky. Dr. Guy Harvey will be hosting the event and is sure to have some great insights on the film. If you missed the premier of How an Artist Saved the Mountain Gorilla, it will be screening November 6 and several times daily during the AFC Festival. There will be a special First Nations cultural presentation in the Hiwus Feasthouse at 1:00 pm and again at 2:30 pm. This is a great opportunity to take in some rich coastal First Nations traditions.

Check the detailed Festival Schedule here

Sunday's live art demonstrations: Sheila Ballantyne, Kim Middleton, Alison Nicholls, Stephen Quinn, Val Warner and Terry Woodall
Sunday's live music and cultural performances: Michael Averill and First Nations Cultural Performer, William Nahanee

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