Robet Bateman Wows Them In Stroud - Earthlinks



What would make the planet healthier and a better place to live? According to artist and eco-activist Robert Bateman, it is as simple as making sure that our children go for a nature walk ever day.
"Leave the Play Station, Internet and TV behind and enjoy the outdoors," the artist told a Standing-Room-Only crowd at the Georgina Arts Centre & Gallery in Sutton, Ontario on Saturday October 21st. "Through an understanding of our great outdoors and the balance of nature, our children will get a better understanding of the ecological challenges we all face."
Saturday was the International Day of Action on Climate Change and the British Columbia based artist was in Stroud to talk about children and the environment and to show and sell more than 100 pieces of his work. About fifty people attended his one-hour lecture in a basement hall and then jammed the upstairs gallery to talk to the artist while he signed books, paintings and art prints.
Robert Bateman has been a man with a mission in October. Prior to flying out to Toronto the 79-year old artist was in St. Petersburg, Russia to open a four-city tour of a retrospective exhibition of his work.
Four galleries in Russia will be showing his work over the next six months. On October 8th the State Russian Museum in the Mikhailovsky Palace, St. Petersburg was the first art gallery to show the exhibition ROBERT BATEMAN IN RUSSIA. This is the first time a Canadian wildlife artist has been invited to show his works in Russia.
"When I arrived in St. Petersburg I was dismayed that the English language entertainment paper wasn't listing my show," he told me on Saturday. "The museum staff laughed and told me not to worry, that my exhibition wasn't for tourists, it was for the Russian people. They were right! The local press were excited about the show and the people came out (and continue to do so)."

CUTLINE: Top Left - Sign out front of the Stroud gallery. Top Right - Robert Bateman (left) signs the frame of one of his wildlife art prints for a Stroud, Ontario fan. Bottom Left - The Georgina Arts Centre and Gallery was filled with people waiting in to talk to artist Robert Bateman. Bottom Right - Robert Bateman talks about his art to a standing-room-only crowd at the Georgina Arts Centre and Gallery in Stroud, Ontario.


I think we need to promote fun activities close to nature among children. I remember when we were kids our activities were more like going to zoo, parks and more close to nature activities. Nowadays, children enjoy more high tech museums, games and other technologies.

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