THE ART OF ROBERT BATEMAN Exhibition Held Over



    ...now closes November 4th, 2007

    KLEINBURG, ON, Oct. 22 /CNW/ - THE ART OF ROBERT BATEMAN, a major
retrospective exhibition that explores the work of Canadian wildlife artist
Robert Bateman, has enjoyed record attendance since it opened September 1st at
the McMichael Canadian Art Collection. The popular exhibition will be extended
to Sunday, November 4th. It was originally scheduled to close on Sunday,
October 28th.
    To accommodate the thousands of art lovers who have been lining up every
weekend to gain admission to the McMichael, the public gallery will open one
hour earlier this weekend and the following two weekends to allow more people
to see the exhibition. The gallery will be open from 9am to 4pm the weekends
of October 20th, October 27th and November 3rd. Regular hours of operation
10am to 4pm will be in effect from Monday to Friday.
    "THE ART OF ROBERT BATEMAN has struck a chord with Canadians; this artist
and his works resonate with people of all ages. We've been impressed by the
sheer number of people coming out to the McMichael to see the Bateman show.
Ours is the only gallery in the country that is showcasing the Bateman
retrospective and we know that there are still thousands of people who want to
see the exhibition. It is because of that overwhelming interest for Robert
Bateman's art that we are keeping the exhibition here in Kleinburg for another
seven days," said Tom Smart, McMichael CEO and Executive Director. "I'm
pleased that we've been able to extend THE ART OF ROBERT BATEMAN since it
opens in less than a month's time at the Joslyn Art Museum in Omaha, Nebraska.
As it is, by extending the run of this show, we will have to delay the start
of our next exhibition by a few days."
    (The exhibition, Miller Brittain: When the Stars Threw Down Their Spears,
will now open Friday, November 16th.)
    THE ART OF ROBERT BATEMAN, produced and curated by U.S. wildlife artist
expert Dr. David J. Wagner, is an exhibition that not only celebrates the work
of the Canadian artist but also highlights his long-standing commitment to the
preservation and restoration of endangered species. This special exhibition
contains over 50 signature paintings, bronze sculpture, books and videos, plus
works on paper which include examples of his original prints and personal
sketchbooks.
    Recognized by his peers as one of the most influential wildlife painters
of all time, 77-year-old Robert Bateman is an artist whose oeuvre encompasses
other subjects ranging from the human figure, still life, portraiture,
landscapes and waterscapes, and other media including original prints and
sculpture. Consequently, THE ART OF ROBERT BATEMAN has been conceptualized and
designed to exemplify the breadth and depth and versatility of Robert Bateman
and his artistic output.
    The gallery is located on Islington Avenue, north of Major Mackenzie
Drive in Kleinburg and, for the duration of this exhibition, is open daily
Monday to Friday 10am to 4pm and Saturday and Sunday 9am to 4pm. (Regular
hours of operation will resume on Monday, November 5th and the gallery will be
open daily from 10am to 4pm.) Admission is $15 for adults, $12 for
seniors/students and $30 for families. There is a $5 fee for parking. For more
information about the gallery visit www.mcmichael.com.
    To see a youtube video with Robert Bateman filmed at the McMichael visit
www.youtube.com/user/CanadaArtChannel.





For further information:

For further information: To view the exhibition or to receive high rez
jpgs please contact: Stephen Weir, Publicist, Gallery: (905) 893-1121 ext.
2529, Toronto Office: (416) 489-5868, Cell: (416) 801-3101,
sweir@mcmichael.com

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