Voice of BC's Professional Bed & Breakfast Industry
"Nap Time" by Robert Bateman

The 2nd Annual Artists for Conservation Festival promotes the conservancy efforts of nature and wildlife artists from around the globe.

Celebrating nature conservation and artistic expression, the 2nd Annual Artists for Conservation Festival will again be held at Grouse Mountain in Vancouver, BC’s North Shore region October 13-21, 2012.

This festival, though only in its second year, has received a great deal of media coverage and is widely seen as the world’s premier conservation-themed art event.  Attendance is expected to be high, so it is recommended that you secure your Vancouver North Shore lodging at one of our member bed & breakfast inns to enjoy accommodations to match the unique experiences of the festival.

Grouse Mountain Resort Provides an Inspiring Setting for Events at the Artists for Conservation Festival

Just 15 minutes north from the downtown Vancouver core and 4,100 feet above the city, Grouse Mountain Resort is a world class year-round alpine destination.

Skyride - Grouse Mountain

The eight minute Red Skyride cable car ride to the summit of Grouse Mountain introduces visitors to the majesty of British Columbia.

The Grouse Mountain Resort is a nature-lover’s paradise. Activities include:

  • Birds of prey flying demonstrations
  • Eco-walks
  • First Nations long house of the “hiwus”
  • Grizzly bear viewing
  • Mountaintop zip-lining
  • Ranger talks

Add to this the five mountain top dining venues and the unique Eye of the Wind turbine with a 360 degree viewing pod and you’ve got the perfect setting for nature’s inspirations.

Grouse Mountain Resort is also a leading educator in and proponent of wildlife and nature conservation.  Students and teachers come to learn about British Columbia’s flora, fauna, energy sustainability, the science of snow sports physics and the culture of the First Nations.

Artists for Conservation Festival Exhibits the Works of the World’s Top Conservation-Themed Artists

Nature and wildlife-oriented arts are the focus of the Artists for Conservation Festival and this event has collected works representing the finest examples.  More than 80 nature artists will exhibit over 90 individual artworks.  The artists hail from locations throughout Canada, and internationally from USA, UK, Australia, France, Kenya, Peru, Japan, the Netherlands and more.


Robert Bateman

Beloved Salt Spring Island, BC wildlife artist Robert Bateman has worked professionally as a fine artist since 1967 and has been a longtime lecturer in art, photography, nature & conservancy.

Pollyanna Pickering

One of Europe’s most acclaimed nature artists and England’s most published fine artist, Pollyanna Pickering is an accomplished conservationist and patron for The Wildlife Art Society International.

Public Presentations & Lectures from Top Nature & Wildlife Artists

In addition to the keynote lectures by the featured artists, Robert Bateman and Pollyanna Pickering, the Artists for Conservation Festival will feature presentations by guest lecturers Andrew Denman (USA), Mark Hobson (Canada), David Kitler (Canada), and many more.

Documentary Film Premiere for “The Soysambu Legacy: Art and Conservation in Africa’s Rift Valley”

Soysambu Conservancy - Kenya buffalo herd

Photo courtesy Soysambu Conservancy

The Artists for Conservation Festival will present its second documentary film, “The Soysambu Legacy: Art and Conservation in Africa’s Rift Valley”.  Soysambu is a 48,000 acre ranch located amongst Kenya, Africa’s greatest natural landmarks.  The film documents the remarkable endangered species conservation efforts of wildlife painter Simon Combes, who was killed by a charging Cape Buffalo in 2004, his widow Kat and his son Guy.

Art Workshops Offer Something for All  Experience Levels

The Artists for Conservancy Festival offers the aspiring and advanced nature adult (age 16+) artist the precious opportunity to learn directly from Canadian and International Masters.  The “Tips & Techniques” workshops, new this year, runs on select days of the festival.  Learn the secrets to accurate portrayal of flora and fauna, plus tips on painting in both the field and the studio.

Andrew Denman
From Observation to Concept to Creation: One Artist’s Guide to Fresh and Creative Wildlife Painting in Acrylics
Sunday, October 14 at 12:30PM

David Kitler
Wildlife in Acrylics “Speed” Workshop
Sunday, Oct 14 at 4:00PM
Pollyanna Pickering
Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan & Hands-on Techniques Workshop
Tuesday, Oct 16 at 6:00PM

Kim Middleton

Building a Painting through Transparent Oil Glazes
Wednesday, Oct 17 at 6:00PM

Guy Combes

Painting Wildlife in Oils – Techniques Workshop
Saturday, Oct 20 at 4:00PM

Other events at the Festival include a Meet the Artists Wine & Cheese reception on October 13, the Experience the Art of Conservation with an Art Tour & Afternoon Tea on October 15 & 18 and much, much more.  Learn all about this event and purchase tickets on the Artists for Conservation Festival website.

Choose Vancouver North Shore Lodging That’s as Individual as a Brushstroke on a Wildlife Painting

Vancouver North Shore bed and breakfast inns

Surround yourself in comfort and personalized service when you stay at the bed and breakfast inns of the Vancouver North Shore.

Our Vancouver North Shore Bed and Breakfast inns offer you a memorable lodging experience to enhance your enjoyment of the Artists for Conservation Festival on Grouse Mountain and all activities and attractions the Vancouver North Shore region of British Columbia has to offer.

Choose from a wide range of breakfast options, cozy guest rooms, and the singular service & area expertise of the innkeepers at locations all across British Columbia’s Vancouver North Shore region.

What’s Your Artists for Conservation Festival Expectation or Experience?

Although only on its second year as an annual event, the festival has earned its place as the premier conservancy art festival of Canada and one of the leading gatherings of its kind in the world.  Did you attend last year?  Are you planning on attending this year?

Please share your plans for this 2012 event and any memories of last year’s Artists for Conservation Festival.