World's top nature artists gather at Grouse Mountain

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One of the world’s largest gathering of nature artists will take place at Vancouver’s Grouse Mountain this October as 80 artists from around the globe assemble for the second annual Artists for Conservation Festival. The 10 day festival will feature 90 original works including an oil painting of an endangered Amur Leopard by Robert Bateman created exclusively for the event.

The world premiere of a short-film on Simon Combes, legendary wildlife painter, will also debut at the festival. Combes fought to conserve endangered species in Africa before tragically loosing his life in 2004 by a charging Cape buffalo.

The festival this year has a number of different activities and attractions for all ages,” said Jeff Whiting, founder of Artists for Conservation. “It’s a rare opportunity for the public to personally meet some of the most inspiring and talented artists from around the world. It’s also an incredible opportunity for art collectors to discover talent and acquire some impressive artwork, while supporting conservation.”

Catering to youth and adults, the festival will feature “really cool art workshops,” along with an exclusive wine and cheese gala on October 12! Visitors may participate in registered art workshops, view the art exhibit, guest lectures, observe live painting demonstrations, or perhaps check out the documentary The Soysambu Legacy which will be premiering at the festival – check out the trailer!

The Artists for Conservation Festival runs from October 13 – 21, opening to the public at 10am on the October 13. The event is not free to the public; however, Grouse Mountain is planning on offering reduced skyride tickets. Most of the festival programming is free with the skyride ticket admission. A private black-tie fundraising gala will kick things off on Saturday October 13.

Any artwork and festival merchandise purchased will directly support environmental education and international conservation efforts.

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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