Robert Bateman Returns to Support Artists for Conservation

Vancouver, BC., CANADA - September 19, 2012 - Robert Bateman, world-renowned nature artist is returning this October to the second annual Artists for Conservation Festival as Festival Patron. He will be supporting the event with another new original painting. Bateman will give an opening address for this 2nd annual Artists for Conservation Festival at both the Gala preview fundraiser on October 12th and the public opening, the following day. 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's top conservation-themed art exhibit of 90 original paintings and sculptures. All artwork sales benefit conservation.

"We are proud to have Mr. Bateman return and to have his strong support again for our second festival year." affirms Jeff Whiting, President and founder of Artists for Conservation. Mr. Bateman will be joined by some of the world's leading nature and wildlife artists and naturalists at Grouse Mountain to give presentations, live painting demos and workshops. We're particularly proud that Mr. Bateman is not only returning but is contributing a second painting in support of Artists for Conservation".
Mr. Bateman's painting of the critically endangered Amur Leopard, from southern China and Northern Korea, will be available for sale and on display in the exhibit during the festival. Proceeds from the sales of his artwork will directly support Artists for Conservation programming, including the AFC Flag expeditions program.

Bateman will also give the opening address at the festival on October 13 at 11AM, which will include special presentations by 20 artists including internationally-renowned artists, Pollyanna Pickering, Andrew Denman, Mark Hobson, Sharon Schafer and other prominent Canadian artists such as Michael Dumas, Kelly Dodge, and David Kitler.

The Artists for Conservation Festival opens to public at 10 a.m. October 13, 2012. Festival programming is included with Grouse Mountain admission ticket. For detailed Festival information, program schedule and discounted festival admission passes, visit www.artistsforconservation.org/festival.

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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 http://www.artistsforconservation.org.

Just fifteen minutes from downtown, Grouse Mountain is Vancouver's premiere attraction, with panoramic views of the city, ocean and beyond. Grouse Mountain offers a host of year round outdoor activities as well as dining, gift shops and the Theatre in the Sky. Grouse Mountain also manages a Refuge for Endangered Wildlife that includes three wolves and two orphaned grizzly bear cubs. 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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