Bateman family shares memories through art

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The Bateman family has decades of memories of time spent at family cottages in the County.

The exhibit opened July 8 and features paintings by Alan, Brad, Jack, Robert, and Ross, and photographs by Birgit Freybe Bateman. It includes original paintings and limited-edition prints, with a selection of prints for sale in the gallery along with a book.

During an artists’ talk this past Saturday, Robert’s son, Alan Bateman, discussed how he was inspired by his family’s art and how he especially enjoys painting with acrylics.

“We had to go to the top of 12 Mile Lake near Carnarvon for drinking water during the Second World War.”

One community member asked Robert Bateman about the moment he went outside and decided to draw.

The renowned wildlife painter said he was 12 years old. After hearing that Alan was born in Nigeria, another community member asked Robert what drew him to Africa. He responded, “Africa had a purity that South America and other parts of the world didn’t have.”

The gallery is open to the public Tuesdays to Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.