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A Transformative Journey through the Rockies

October 2, 2021 – January 29, 2022

In 2017, Robert Lemermeyer started hiking in the Canadian Rocky Mountains. What began as a challenge to conquer these peaks was soon replaced by a deepening relationship with his son, Yuri, and a growing passion for landscape photography. Robert discovered that his time spent in nature provided a positive boost to his mental health and well-being. With each scramble, the transformative power of nature was unlocked. The photographs in Relief speak of Robert’s gratitude for these spaces, for their endless inspiration, and the precious natural wilderness.

The mountains explored by Robert and Yuri, are located on the traditional territories of the Michif Piyii, Tsuu T’ina, Ktunaxa ɁamakɁis and Niitsítpiis-stahkoii ᖹᐟᒧᐧᐨᑯᐧ ᓴᐦᖾᐟ  First Nations.

The exhibit is sponsored by MortgagePal, Brigitte and Henning Freybe, Province of BC and Canadian Heritage.

For this exhibit, our art therapist, Kaitlin McManus, has created a unique meditation for you to enjoy. This exhibit lies in the intersection of nature, art, health and wellbeing and we invite you to take the time for yourself. Whether you’re home or at the gallery, click here to listen:

Relief Catalog

Photographs from the exhibit are available for purchase, with the proceeds supporting the artist and the ongoing work of the Bateman Foundation to build relationships with nature. Please take a look at the catalog below and if you’re interested in any piece, please stop by the Bateman Gallery or call (250) 940-3630.

Artist’s Tour

December 3, 2021 @ 9:00 am, 11:00 am and 2:00 pm PST

Join artist Robert Lemermeyer and our Head of Curatorial, Erin Hilchie at the Bateman Gallery for this one-on-one Artist’s Tour of our new featured exhibit, Relief. Hear about Lemermeyer’s artistic process while he recounts his journey up each mountain. Space is limited so please register to secure your spot. All participants will be required to show proof of vaccination to attend the tours.

Mini Masterclass

December 4, 2021 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm PST

Participants will get the chance to learn nature photography from the best! Join Robert Lemermeyer on a nature-based photography workshop where participants will hone their photography skills, learn to be present, and notice their natural surroundings through the camera’s lens. In this mini-masterclass learn how photography can be an avenue to experiencing our natural world while learning a new artistic skill. Upon completion of the course, Lemermeyer will critique one photograph from each participant giving helpful feedback on how participants can grow their own artistic practice.

Participants will need to dress for the weather and bring their own photography gear (camera/smartphone). Previous photography experience is preferred but not required. The class will be at Mount Douglas Parking Lot, Churchill Dr, Victoria, BC V8N 3C9 (

Participants have to be 12 years old or older.

Members of our Natureship program get a discount. To know more about our membership program and take advantage of this unique opportunity, please follow this link.

Spots are limited, register today!

$75 for public. Members pay only $60