Escape to a temperature-controlled haven at the Saint Louis Zoo where a buffalo roams, an eagle soars, a rhino storms, a black wolf silhouettes against a night sky and a tiger emerges in the dawn.
These things and more can be seen at Inspired by Nature, a collection of stunning original paintings by internationally acclaimed wildlife artist and conservationist, Robert Bateman, opening to the public on May 11 in Peabody Hall. The exhibit features more than 20 major wildlife paintings in Bateman’s portfolio, including Majesty on the Wing, Master of the Herd and Power Play.
Admission to Inspired by Nature is free. Hours are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily.
Over his 50-plus year career as a wildlife artist, Bateman has exhibited his work in England, Monaco, Japan, South Africa, Russia, and throughout Canada and the U.S., including a major show at the Smithsonian’s Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C. The National Audubon Society named Bateman one of the 20th Century’s 100 Champions of Conservation in 1998.
“Robert Bateman’s ability as an artist to observe, record and bring to life the beauty and majesty of a golden eagle plummeting from a mountaintop, a moose making tracks in the snow, or a white-throated sparrow singing atop a stem has truly helped many people develop a closer connection to nature, something that is at the core of the Saint Louis Zoo’s mission,” said Dr. Jeffrey P. Bonner, Dana Brown president & CEO of the Saint Louis Zoo.
For more information about Inspired by Nature, visit www.stlzoo.org
Inspired by Nature will also be the focus of various Education Department programs and activities that give visitors and members an opportunity to explore their own artistic skills. The Zoo will be partnering with Bateman’s Get to Know Program, designed to employ art contests, events and other techniques to connect young people with the animals and plants of their local natural areas throughout Canada and the U.S. To register for programs, visit www.stlzoo.org/education or call (314) 646-4544.