This coming summer, Grand Teton National Park (GTNP) and Grand Teton Association (GTA) are bringing the Rocky Mountain Plein Air Painters (RMPAP) to Grand Teton National Park, for a two-week plein air paint-out. The event celebrates GTA’s 75th anniversary and the Park’s storied tradition of plein air painting. The paint-out and its accompanying exhibition take place July 1-15, 2012 at the Craig Thomas Discovery and Visitor’s Center, the “focal point for GTA’s educational and interpretive efforts.” RMPAP’s show will be on display at the Craig Thomas Center, home to the Park’s permanent art collection.
Approximately 40 nationally recognized professional artists from around the country will attend, says RMPAP’s President Stephan Datz. He adds that the event “is the first of its kind at Grand Teton National Park. Participating artists will paint for two weeks in GTNP and the Jackson Hole area. Activities include a “Quick Draw” where the public can witness paintings being created from start to finish, daily painting demonstrations at a variety of locations within GTNP, and a series of one-, two-, and three-day painting workshops taught by participating artists.” The RMPAP was formed in 2001 by a small group of artists “intent on increasing public awareness and enthusiasm for plein air painting within the Rocky Mountain region and fostering camaraderie, friendship, and professional development among its member artists.” Approximately 50 North American professional artists are members. Local artists who are members include Jennifer Hoffman Gessler and Kathryn Mapes Turner and Greg McHuron.
GTNP Superintendent Mary Gibson Scott notes that “Grand Teton National Park has served as inspiration for artists throughout the ages. The Grand Teton Association began collecting works of art on behalf of the Park over 50 years ago and this collection has become a valuable part of Grand Teton’s legacy.”
Paintings will be displayed at the Craig Thomas Center Friday, July 13 through Sunday, July 15; a gala opening reception takes place there on July 13, 7-9 pm. Artists will be in attendance. A healthy 40% of the proceeds of sales of completed works benefit GTNP through GTA; that organization will use the funds to advance its mission of publishing and creating new arts and scientific interpretive publications and programs.
“It is an enormous pleasure to be working with Grand Teton Association and Grand Teton National Park this year,” says Datz. “Grand Teton is a singularly beautiful Park with a rich artistic history. The opportunity to continue that tradition, 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 is a genuine privilege.”
Astoria Fine Art sends word that they have some new sculptures in house; viewing them I couldn’t help but be reminded of one of my favorite moments in film. I’ve watched Woody Allen’s “Radio Days” more often than any other movie. A sentimental portrait of radio’s golden days, the movie includes a scene with Dianne Weist, as “Aunt Bea” as a contestant on a live radio quiz show. Asked to identify a big flat, asymmetrical fish, Bea peers at the floppy thing and says, “That’s a flounder. NO, that’s a fluke. [pause] That’s a fluke.”
Having a family member who continually brought fresh fish home for dinner had made Bea an ichthyologist.
This stainless steel Flat Fish by sculptor Tim Cherry will make you smile. So will Astoria’s other new works by sculptors Joshua Tobey, Mike Barlow and Walt Horton.