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Your Plein Air Roots

Thomas McGlynne  Blossoms  1878 – 1966  20 x 24 inches  Medium: Oil on board   Available at Karges Fine Art.

“I aspire to become an inhabitant, one who knows and honors the land…I follow various and sometimes crooked paths, yet I am always driven by a single desire, that of learning to be at home.” ~ Scott Russell Sanders

What are your plein air “roots?”

We dug in the dirt. Light was miraculous. During my California youth, down on hands and knees to touch, smell and fondle beach flowers tendrils, pungent and squishy succulents, inhaling the scent of tiny cliff side scrub, peeling puzzle-shaped eucalyptus bark, running my fingers along those arrow-like leaves was a daily ritual. Every canyon trail was fair game.

There’s something from every art movement to love, but before I even knew what it was, plein air painting was in my blood.

Sullivan Canyon Trail

Childhood years were a nirvana of clamoring, swimming and hiking in and around the Santa Monica-Pacific Palisades-Malibu landscapes. We lived on a Sullivan Canyon hillside, on Old Ranch Road, in a Cliff May home. At the foot of our long, winding driveway was a large open field, and we called it… “the Field.” Cross the Field and you found yourself on Sullivan Canyon Road. Open and dusty, we kids played, and people rode horses, picnicked, threw frisbees. Now the Field is an established riding arena, and its scrubby oak tree terrain seems shrunken.

But the Field was where I first saw plein air painters at work.

I was 10, my brother six when, one morning, we walked down to the Field. A group of plein air painters had gathered under the eucalyptus. Their clothes, easels, hats…all were “foreign” to us, figures materialized from another era. My brother and I made our way over to the group.

One artist focused on a view oriented toward our house. Holding hands, we watched as the artist suddenly painted us–I with my white blonde hair and John a carrot-topped red-head–into the scene. Two tiny children dwarfed by ancient oaks, eucalyptus, wading in wildflowers, California’s hills sweeping skyward behind us. Nature is the master, we are only suggested.

Dennis M. Doheny “Late Light Poppies, Oil on Linen, 24 x 30”

I’m still in contact with California grade school friends. One of my classmates is the great California landscape Impressionist Dennis M. Doheny. His paintings are among the most awarded and sought after works by a living California plein air painter. He’s represented by another classmate, Karges Fine Art’s Whitney Ganz.

Jim Wodark, “Night Spirit,” Oil on Linen, 12 x 12″

I discovered Jim Wodark’s work at last summer’s Rocky Mountain Plein Air Painters “Plein Air for the Park” event. The paint-out is back this summer, a fine venue for meeting and cultivating your plein air palette. So many artists, so many painting styles. Wodark, I think, is a master. His works emit Western dry heat and that silver, scented light permeats the sage.

Lamya Deeb, also new to “Plein Air for the Park” last summer, caught many art lovers’ attention. A quiet presence, she lives and works near Boulder, Colorado. Her paintings are soft whispering masses of color, form and light. Floating, sometimes bordering on the abstract, her paintings represent a departure from more representative plein air styles.

Lamya Deeb, Billowing, Oil on Panel, 8 x 10″   “My aim is to convey the unique essence and beauty of a particular moment and place, and to share the feeling of that experience with the viewer,” says Deeb.

Whenever a plein air work feels so rich that I can “smell” the landscape, I’m a goner.

Plein Air season approaches! It’s my favorite time of year here in Jackson Hole, Grand Teton National Park and the Greater Yellowstone region. Artists are out painting everywhere, offering new work fresh from a session on Antelope Flats, Jenny Lake, Mormon Row, Oxbow, the Elk Refuge, the Teton Village area, Moose, Moran Junction, Spring Gulch Road and Hardeman Ranch .

This summer’s major plein air events in the Jackson Hole/Grand Teton National Park/Greater Yellowstone/Teton Valley, Idaho include: Plein Air for the Park, the National Museum of Wildlife Art’s Plein Air Fest (which includes artists creating works other than plein air paintings), Artists in the Environment, Driggs Plein Air, the Teton Plein Air Painters, and during the Jackson Hole Fall Arts Festival, artists spread out for the “Quick Draw,” a festival favorite!

The Jackson Hole Art Blog is full of plein air stories! Just enter the words “plein air” in the search box to find dozens of stories on Jackson Hole artists and their work! See you out there!

Travis Walker, “Niko.”

Wherever We Go, Art is the Heart

I was going to tell you that if I could live on art, I would. Then I realized I already do. And so do we all, in some way or another. Art is, literally, all around us. The keyboard I’m typing on is someone’s imaginiative creation. The lamp on my desk, the paintings on my wall, my books, the clothes I wear (though in my case I have to fall short of calling what I wear “wearable art.” It’s more like “wearable earrings and sweatshirts.”).

Outstanding in her field: Kathy Wipfler.

Recipes are art, the chairs we sit on. Loving one another and sticking by the Golden Rule is an art. That particular rule is, for some reason so difficult to follow. Why is that? It’s so simple to do the right thing. One of the most obvious “right things” is to respond to friends and colleagues when they reach out. When we don’t respond, the thing we remember IS the non-response. That’s not what you want people to remember, professionally or otherwise.

Todd Kosharek at work. Todd’s passion, work ethic and kindness are the best of Jackson Hole’s art heart.

My wish for us this year is to always try to do the right thing. Think it out. Be honest, but balanced. Who are your mentors? Who do you hold up as a hero amongst us? When trying to decide how to act, what choices to make, how to respond, how to walk this earth, I implore you: Do the right thing.

Rocky Mountain Plein Air Painters’ Quick Draw” at the Craig Thomas Discovery and Visitors Center in Grand Teton National Park.

One “compassion researcher” I know of says this: “We are taught that there is a right and wrong way to behave, to act and to think. Stepping outside this construct is a big shift. Non-judgmental acceptance of what it means to embrace all suffering on the planet takes development.”

Plein Air Cowboy Bar!

I’m not religious, but I try to find the good path, make choices that align my soul and help me towards peace and contentment. So often that effort winds up involving huge, ongoing struggles. Breaking things down to day-to-day triumphs is a better choice. Much of the time our thoughts are of the future, one dream after another. I can be guilty of spending more time dreaming than doing, especially during these challenging winter months.

Today my goal is to break that pattern up a little and re-start this blog! I will begin my book in earnest this year. I will work and produce positively to the benefit of arts here as they are related to the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem’s phenomenal beauty and the wealth of art in our galleries and superb new generation of artists.

Bronwyn Minton, for “View 22.” I purchased my first “Bronwyn” this year!

I will try to present all forms of Jackson’s visual arts to the best of my ability; none of us relates to EVERY SINGLE work of art, but we can appreciate every effort, love that it exists, discuss art and feel lucky our particular creative vortex is so powerful.

Borbay and Friend. Connecting with this guy was a highlight of the year! He’s really a softie.

And so this first post of 2017 contains some of my favorite images and moments from 2016’s Jackson Hole art offerings and events. Just a very few~~there were SO many! To see more images from the past year, visit my Art Blog Facebook Page .  If you enjoy those posts, please “Like” the page and tell your friends! 

Dean Cornwell (1892–1960)
Portrait,1929. The Jackson Hole Art Auction had some exquisite works.

As ever, my deepest gratitude to everyone who appreciates and reads The Jackson Hole Art Blog. I’m thankful and proud.

David Michael Slonim at Altamira Fine Art.

The Jackson Hole Art Blog’s new header image: Detail from David Michael Slonim’s “Bailando,” at Altamira Fine Art.  

 

2016 Jackson Hole Fall Arts Festival Finale!

Curt Walters (1950–Present) April Study of Grand Canyon oil on board 12 x 9 in Estimate: $2,000–$3,000

Curt Walters (1950–Present), April Study of Grand Canyon, oil on board, 12 x 9 in.
Estimate: $2,000–$3,000

 

The final days of Jackson’s Fall Arts Festival are perhaps the most potent. We experience, in every way, the depth and breadth of Jackson’s phenomenal pool of artistic talent and resources. During these final few celebratory days, the town and its environs come alive in countless ways! Dig in. The best is yet to come.

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 15

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Wild 100 Show & Sale Artist Party

As part of the National Museum of Wildlife Art’s 29th Annual Western Visions: Wild 100 Show & Sale, artists and patrons have an opportunity to view the art, place bids, and mingle with artists before the big sale. Tonight’s event is the Wild 100 Artist Party, a fun night with music, great food provided by the on-site restaurant Rising Sage. Full bar~~Cash, I’m assuming.

Time: 5:30-8:30 pm. Tickets: $100, and you must be registered. Place: The National Museum of Wildlife Art. www.westernvisions.org

 

Painting by Michelle Larsen.

Painting by Michelle Larsen.

Grand Teton Gallery – Dynamic Texture Featuring Oil Painters Michelle Larsen and Peggy Ann Thompson
“Idaho’s Artist of the Year,” Larsen “builds a sculpture on the canvas and then brings it to life with bold colors.”  Thompson is a palette knife artists, creating rich, painterly landscapes.

Time: 4:00-7:00 pm. Contact: 307.201.1172 or www.grandtetongallery.com

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Two Grey Hills Indian Arts and Jewelry: Gallery Exhibition
Navajo Weaver Mary H. Yazzie will be demonstrating her amazing talents on the loom. Toadlena Trading Post owners Mark & Linda Winter will be talking about the history and traditions of the Trading Post Weavers. Gene Waddell will feature a stunning collection of Native American Artists work. Contact 307.733.2677 or www.fineindianart.com

September Vhay. The Leopard Chief, Oil on Belgian Linen. 20 x 30 in.

September Vhay. The Leopard Chief, Oil on Belgian Linen. 20 x 30 in.

Altamira Fine Art — Artist Demos
Stop by Altamira Fine Art for a casual art demo afternoon, featuring gallery aritists September Vhay, Jared Sanders, Travis Walker and Greg Woodard. Cookies and lemonade! Free. Time: 1:00-4:00pm www.altamiraart.com

Joshua Tobey's "Dancing Bears."

Joshua Tobey’s “Dancing Bears.”

Astoria Fine Art hosts a Reception for Greg Beecham and Joshua Tobey, 1-4:00 p.m.

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 16

Conrad Schwiering (1916–1986) Breaking Through oil on board 20 x 30 in Estimate: $7,000–$10,000

Conrad Schwiering (1916–1986), Breaking Through, oil on board. 20 x 30 in. Estimate: $7,000–$10,000

Jackson Hole Art Auction Session 1
One of the Fall Arts Festival’s great events is The Jackson Hole Art Auction, co-produced by Trailside and Gerald Peters galleries. Its profile has grown since it first appeared on the Western Art auction scene in 2007. Great art by deceased and living masters, sculpture, antiquties, Native American art, art depicting great moments and eras in the history of the West, wildlife and landscapes, the Tetons~~it’s all there. There are TWO sale days; today’s is Session 1. Price points for all collectors.  Please register to attend.

Center for the Arts, 265 S. Cache Street at 12:00pm
Contact: 866.549.9278 or www.jacksonholeartauction.com

THE BRAGGART Painting – Mixed mediums on handmade paper 28 x 14 inches Opening bid $9,500.00

T.R. Lawson ~ THE BRAGGART
Painting – Mixed mediums on handmade paper
28 x 14 inches
Opening bid $9,500.00

National Museum of Wildlife Art’s “Western Visions-Wild 100” Show & Sale. 

Tonight’s the night to bid on works by the country’s leading wildlife and landscape artists~~including many local artists~~and, as they say, “go home with a beautiful piece of art.”

This is a ticketed event, with prices ranging from $25 to $500. Entry to this event is $150. Registration required. Bidding closes at 7:00 pm. Place: National Museum of Wildlife Art. And good luck, everyone!

Check the museum’s page for details.

The Jackson Hole Showcase of Homes
If you can’t live there, but always wanted to visit, the the Jackson Hole Showcase of Homes may be just the thing. A two-day, self-guided fundraising tour takes you to some very impressive showcase homes, where you can meet artisans behind the homes’ creation, and, in a perfect world, see what they might be able to do for YOU. It’s architectural – design- craftsmanship-art (I can’t think of a description that doesn’t connote “desire”) wishes in the flesh. Hosted by Homestead Magazine, limited (of course!) tickets.

Again, this is a two-day event, so your opportunity to take your tour repeats tomorrow, on Saturday, September 17th. Visit  www.jacksonholeshowcase.com.

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Super Cool House for Sale! Maybe it’s on the Tour. But I’m not sure. Placeholder image!

Grand Teton Gallery – Dynamic Texture Featuring Oil Painters Michelle Larsen and Peggy Ann Thompson

Michelle Larsen was named “Idaho’s Artist of the Year”.  Michelle builds a sculpture on the canvas and then brings it to life with bold colors resulting in a very unique two-dimensional work of art. Peggy Ann Thompson paints with a palette knife.

Times are fluid, but materials suggest artists will be in attendance beginning 5:00 pm.
Contact: 307.201.1172 or www.grandtetongallery.com

 

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Two Grey Hills Indian Arts and Jewelry: Gallery Exhibition
Navajo Weaver Mary H. Yazzie will demonstrate her remarkable weaving abilities. Toadlena Trading Post owners Mark & Linda Winter will speak on the history and traditions of the Trading Post Weavers. Trading Post owner Gene Waddell will speak. Time: 11:00am-6:00pm Contact 307.733.2677 or www.fineindianart.com

Thumbnails from Glenn Dean's Legacy Show. Thanks, Glenn! Images from Facebook.

Thumbnails from Glenn Dean’s Legacy Show. Thanks, Glenn! Images from Facebook.

Legacy Gallery – Glenn Dean, One Man Show If you don’t know who Glenn Dean is by now, all I can say is you haven’t been reading any Western art magazines, visiting any galleries, checking Facebook, Instagram or ANYTHING! Dean is prolific, one of the best of the new Contemporary Western artists. And he happens to be a nice guy. The lone cowboys, those full moons, a sunset, a long trail ahead….So don’t miss Glenn Dean, One Man Show and Artist Reception, at Legacy Gallery.  Time: 3-5:00 pm. www.legacygallery.com

Todd Kosharek

Todd Kosharek at Altamira Fine Art

Altamira Fine Art — Artist Demos
Altamira invites you to join them for cookies, iced tea, lemonade and an artist demo. Local artist Todd Kosharek will be in attendance for the afternoon demo. One of Jackson’s most gracious and talented new artists making good!

Altamira Fine Art, 172 Center Street from 1:00-4:00pm
Contact: 307.739.4700 or www.altamiraart.com

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 17

36297_4587744693870_688878886_n21st Annual Jackson Hole QuickDraw Art Sale and Auction. The Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce is pleased to present nationally, regionally and locally recognized artists demonstrating their skills at this super-fun, outside on the Town Square paint out! Each completed artwork will be auctioned off following the ninety-minute quick draw. Everyone is invited to watch, have fun, and take part in the auction following the draw. Included in the auction will be the 2015 Fall Arts Festival featured painting, “Greeting the Dawn” by Edward Aldrich. Free and open to the public!  

Time & Place: 9:00am on Jackson’s Town Square! 307.733.3316 or info@jacksonholechamber.com

 

Lot 278A - W. Herbert Dunton (1878–1936). Winter Camp of the Sioux, oil on canvas 15 x 12 in. Estimate: $60,000–$90,000

Lot 278A – W. Herbert Dunton (1878–1936).
Winter Camp of the Sioux, oil on canvas
15 x 12 in.
Estimate: $60,000–$90,000

Jackson Hole Art Auction- Session 2

The Big Kahuna.

Session 2 of the Jackson Hole Art Auction takes place today at Jackson’s Center for the Arts. The auction begins at 12:00 pm sharp, and attendees should plan on a four to five hour auction event. 

Since 2007, the Jackson Hole Art Auction has been recognized as one of the premier art events in the country, defined by the high standard of works offered in a variety of genres including wildlife, sporting, figurative, landscape and Western art by both renowned deceased masters and contemporary artists. This is the final JHAA session. Something for everyone!

Time: 12:00 pm. Place: Jackson Hole Center for the Arts, 265 S. Cache, Jackson, Wyoming. New lots are added right up to hammer time, so check the auction’s website regularly! I’ve been on both sides of that auction stage, and I know what I’m talking about. Trust the auction natives!  www.jacksonholeartauction.com

Grand Teton Gallery – Artists in Residence
Gallery artists will be painting and sculpting in the gallery. Artists will be listed in the festival online calendar. Time: 1-4:00 pm.  www.grandtetongallery.com

Rhododendron blooms on Roan Mountain as the sun sets on the summer solstice.

Rhododendron blooms on Roan Mountain as the sun sets on the summer solstice. Tom Mangelsen

MANGELSEN – Images of Nature Gallery Fall Reception
The annual fall reception at MANGELSEN – Images of Nature Gallery features world-renowned nature photographer Thomas D Mangelsen sharing his latest images at the event. All the coolest conservation creatives will be there, plus a whole lot of Mangelsen friends and fans. And it’s FREE. Come and see! It’s groovy, it’s hip!

Time: 5-9:00 pm.  Place: Images of Nature Gallery. Contact: 307.733.9752 or  www.mangelsen.com

Work by Brent Cotton

Work by Brent Cotton

Fall Gold ~ Four Artist Showcase
Trailside Galleries is pleased to present its Fall Gold Four Artist Showcase. Trailside’s traditional fall event features a huge selection of wildlife, landscape, and sporting art. An artists’ reception gives collectors the opportunity to meet and greet participating artists. Brent Cotton, Bonnie Morris, Adam Smith, and Dustin Van Wechel are featured. 

Time: 5-8:00 pm.  Contact: 307.733.3186 or www.trailsidegalleries.com

Astoria Fine Art – Annual Best of Astoria Show
Join Astoria Fine Art and 30 of their represented artists in attendance. It’s crowded! Sometimes they serve ice cream. Time: 10:00 am – 1:00 pm.  307.733.4016 or www.astoriafineart.com

“Greeting the Dawn” by Edward Aldrich is this year's Jackson Hole Fall Arts Festival official painting.

“Greeting the Dawn” by Edward Aldrich is this year’s Jackson Hole Fall Arts Festival official painting.

Mountain Trails Gallery Artist Reception
Edward Aldrich’s featured piece “Greeting the Dawn” will be auctioned off during the signature QuickDraw event.  Aldrich will also visit Mountain Trails Gallery to meet collectors and sign posters.

A reception for all the participating QuickDraw artists from Mountain Trails follows. Mountain Trails Gallery, 155 Center Street, from 1:00-3:00pm www.mtntrails.net 

Two Grey Hills Indian Arts and Jewelry: Gallery Exhibition
Navajo Weaver Mary H. Yazzie will be demonstrating her amazing talents on the loom. Toadlena Trading Post owners Mark & Linda Winter will be talking about the history and traditions of the Trading Post Weavers. Waddell Trading’s owner, Gene Waddell displays the best in Native American weaving art. Contact 307.733.2677 or www.fineindianart.com

Marie Yazzie works in section on her weaving.

Marie Yazzie works in section on her weaving.

The Jackson Hole Showcase of Homes. See information on this event, above, under Friday, September 16. 

Tiny purple house.

Tiny purple house.

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 18

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Art Brunch Gallery Walk

The Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce brings on the big FAF farewell, a Sunday morning gallery walk. Enjoy brunch and festive beverages at this closing-day celebration for the 30th Annual Jackson Hole Fall Arts Festival. Gallery maps will be available at a variety of locations including the Chamber’s offices (112 Center Street) and participating galleries.

Kay Stratman's beautiful watercolors are at Horizon Fine Art.

Kay Stratman’s beautiful watercolors are at Horizon Fine Art.

Participating Galleries from 11:00am-3:00pm
Contact: Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce, 307.733.3316 or info@jacksonholechamber.com.

Galleries in alphabetical order: 

Altamira Fine Art
Art Association of Jackson Hole
Astoria Fine Art
Cayuse Western Americana
Diehl Gallery
Grand Teton Gallery
Horizon Fine Art
Legacy Gallery
Mountain Trails Gallery
RARE Gallery
Ringholz Gallery
The Stable Gallery
Trailside Galleries
Trio Fine Art
West Lives On Gallery
West Lives On Contemporary Gallery
Wild by Nature Gallery

Featured presentations:

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Altamira Fine Art winds up 2016’s FAF with Contemporary Western Art, mimosas, bloody Marys, and brunch catered by e.leaven.

Altamira Fine Art, 172 Center Street from 11:00am-3:00pm Contact: 307.739.4700 or www.altamiraart.com

Diehl Gallery – Western Visions Celebration Salon

A light brunch and a celebration of the Diehl Gallery artists participating in the National Museum of Wildlife Art’s 29th Annual Western Visions Show & Sale. Diehl Gallery will display a special selection of works by Helen Durant and Les Thomas.

Diehl Gallery, 155 West Broadway from 11:00am-3:00pm
Contact: 307.733.0905 or www.diehlgallery.com

Weaving by Mary H. Yazzi

Weaving by Mary H. Yazzie

Two Grey Hills Indian Arts and Jewelry — Gallery Exhibition
Navajo Weaver Mary H. Yazzie will be demonstrating her amazing talents on the loom. Toadlena Trading Post owners Mark & Linda Winter will be talking about the history and traditions of the Trading Post Weavers. Waddell Trading’s owner, Gene Waddell, will feature their fabulous collection of Native American Artists Past and Present.

110 E Broadway from 11:00am-3:00pm
Contact 307.733.2677 or www.fineindianart.com

That's all, Folks! See you Soon! Thanks for reading. ~~Tammy

That’s all, Folks! See you Soon! Thanks for reading. ~~Tammy

 

Rocky Mountain Plein Air Painters “Plein Air for the Park” Grand Opening!

376834_4296472412245_1278850541_nThis image, taken last summer of a smiling Susan Chambers, former Grand Teton Association board member and Rocky Mountain Plein Air Painter volunteer, reflects the spirit of these wonderful weeks artists have spent in Grand Teton National Park and the Jackson Hole area. So many gifted plein air painters creating work celebrating the Park, all the while inspiring one another.

Anyone watching this dedicated, close-knit group gets goosebumps. And now the big day is here: Thursday, July 18th, beginning at 7:00 pm, the Rocky Mountain Plein Air Painters (RMPAP) hold a grand Opening Reception at the Craig Thomas Discovery & Visitors Center, in Moose, WY. It’s an emotional night, a triumphant night and a night filled with promise not only for these artists, but for their partners, the Grand Teton Association (GTA) and Grand Teton National Park (GTNP). A special section devoted to the works of the late plein air painter Greg McHuron will be on view.

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Last Saturday, I and dozens of others watched as three of this year’s artists—Stephen C. Datz, Kathryn Mapes Turner and Jeanne MacKenzie—conducted a free plein air demonstration at Oxbow Bend. There may not be a more beautiful GTNP overlook. And today, just prior to writing this post, I bumped into a plein air devotee who attended Saturday’s paint out. She spoke at great length about the pleasures of watching the artists paint, and how it inspires her to continue to work on her own painting.

photo-7What she and so many others experienced was watching artists take in landscape details we “mortals” notice, but don’t often register at the depth plein air painters do. We’re talking about vistas extending endless miles. The ever-changing colors of the river as clouds and sun moved across the sky. The way Mt. Moran’s reflection shifted on the water’s surface. How a mountain’s face changed as minutes ticked by. An infinite spectrum of greens reside in the grasses, sage, trees and wildflowers and riparian growth so verdant and dominant in that area. Oxbow waters are can be a perfect mirror—a moment later they ripple, sending the message that a family of geese, a pelican, or a paddle dipped in the water are nearby. Water, snowcapped mountains, wildlife, the rushes, each flower, each pine needle is a world unto itself—-unseen by so many of us, but the very exhuberance of life for artists.

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These artists have had their own experiences while visiting GTNP. Storms break out, thunder claps and lightning strikes. Hail happens. Moose appear out of nowhere and charge an artist’s easel. Ravens conduct extended loud and fierce debates.

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Have you had the opportunity to observe RMPAP artists at work?  Watching artists paint is mesmerizing; time flies. If you’ve not had the chance, I encourage you to visit the Craig Thomas Center on the occasion of this year’s Grand Opening. Take in the myriad, painterly interpretations of this place. I’ve viewed about a third of the works—the diversity of style and perspective is impressive, and the number of works on exhibit will triple come opening night.

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And don’t forget: Saturday, July 20th, beginning at 9:00 am, approximately 25 RMPAP artists will hold a two-hour Quick Draw at Menor’s Ferry, GTNP. Artists will work on site, and a fixed price sale follows immediately after, at 11:00 am. A “Grand” opportunity to watch over two dozen artists at work, recording what they see and feel around them, in the moment, in nature. Menor’s Ferry is one of the most accessible, gentle corners of GTNP, and I predict some wonderful work will result from the morning’s efforts.

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ALL events are free and open to the public; all are family friendly and a portion of “Plein Air for the Park” sale proceeds benefit the GTA and GTNP. To see both RMPAP and GTA’s “Artists in the Environment” flourishing programs makes a heart swell with pride, pleasure and love. For a full list of participating artists, click here. See you there!   www.rmpap.org   www.grandtetonpark.org  

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Plein Air for the Park 2013!

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Cross my heart and can’t wait to do it again, one of the great highlights of my 2012 arts summer was the culmination of the Rocky Mountain Plein Air Painters’ (RMPAP) “Plein Air for the Park” National Paint-Out & Show. Last July, approximately 40 plein air artists converged in Grand Teton National Park (GTNP) and the Jackson Hole area, painting their hearts out for two weeks.  All paintings completed were exhibited and sold in a three-day event at GTNP’s Craig Thomas Discovery Center (CTDC), in Moose, Wyoming.

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The place was PACKED. And there are those who missed last year’s event still notifying me they wish they’d been there. Recently, a senior Park employee confided to me that the Park, as a collective, loved the event. It all went off so beautifully that RMPAP is returning this summer, July 8 – 21st, 2013. The event benefits GTNP and is hosted by the Park and the Grand Teton Association (GTA). This year’s opening reception, at the CTDC, takes place Thursday, July 18th, beginning at 7pm.  Awards will be presented at 7:45 by this year’s Judge, Chris Moran. 

A Quick Draw takes place Saturday, July 20th, beginning at 9:00am, at Menor’s Ferry in GTNP. The public can watch paintings being created from start to finish; they then may purchase paintings right off the easel at the fixed-price sale immediately following, 11am – 12 noon. Approximately 44 professional, recognized artists will participate in this, RMPAP’s 12th Annual National Show. 

The GTA began collecting works of art on behalf of the Park over 50 years ago; the collection has become a valuable part of GTNP’s legacy. Last year, two works were purchased by GTA for the Park’s permanent collection; two more were purchased by patrons and donated to the Park. AND, last year’s event raised close to $21,000 for GTA!

“It is a thrill and a pleasure to be back in GTNP and working with Grand Teton Association again this year,” says RMPAP President (and participating artist) Stephen C. Datz. “We welcome the opportunity to continue the artistic tradition at the Park, expand public awareness and appreciation of plein-air painting, and in so doing benefit the exceptional efforts of the GTA on behalf of the Park.”

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