I was born to be an artist. Every experience I have ever had has led me in this direction. Even when I denied it and went in another direction, I was always pulled back.” ~ Gregory I. McHuron
“Plein Air for the Park” is in full throttle! A few days ago I posted a full schedule of this wonderful event, and with this post the second half of this year’s events are listed. It’s all about our National Parks, and in this case it’s about Grand Teton National Park and the Grand Teton Association.
Why do these artists and this particular event, “Plein Air for the Park” move us so? Emotions are viscerally high. They first piled in during a wet Saturday afternoon in June, at the Chapel of the Transfiguration in Grand Teton National Park, while I hosted “Artists in the Environment.” Who was the artist? Greg McHuron. Initiation by, and with, Greg McHuron.
YIPES! It was a lousy, chilly day. The light was flat. Snow had recently passed through. The ground was damp. Nobody would come….
But come they did! It was one of the biggest crowds ever for “Artists in the Environment,” and onlookers stayed riveted to Greg’s every move, brushstroke and teaching point for three hours. Miraculous. Greg was a pioneer “Rocky Mountain Plein Air Painter,” and I am certain that every artist out in the field today is there painting partly because of Greg’s leadership, committment, and passion for painting the outdoors. May it remain ever so. There is something about painting outdoors and watching paintings come to life. It’s a feeling hard to replicate. We wish to soak ourselves in natural beauty; artists come very close.
AND THAT IS WHY you’ll feel goosebumps if you’re lucky enough to catch PAFTP artists at work! And why you’ll be forever grateful to see, and ideally purchase, a work from the marvelous PAFTP SHOW & SALE taking place this Wednesday, July 12th, 7-9:00 pm at the Craig Thomas Discovery & Visitors Center in Grand Teton National Park. Sales help benefit the Grand Teton Association, an organization supporting all forms of art connected to GTNP and the Greater Yellowstone Region. These are exquisite paintings. This is a GREAT party set against our unmatched, magnificent Teton Range.
Pre-Sales are your mantra! The exhibit opens for viewing at noon on the 12th, and visitors are welcome to come see the paintings and purchase them before the official Gala begins!
Here is the schedule for the rest of “Plein Air for the Park! You can also follow the action on the RMPAP Facebook page. Enjoy! See you there!
TUESDAY, July 11
PAINTING ON THE SQUARE, 3 – 6 PM, Town Square, Downtown Jackson. A fine opportunity for those who can’t make it up into Grand Teton National Park! Watch the Rocky Mountain Plein Air Painters take on the Town Square. Mix and mingle, feel free to talk with the artists, and soak up the magic of watching a painting come to life! Free and Open to the Public! Great for kids!
WEDNESDAY, JULY 12 – 6th ANNUAL GALA OPENING RECEPTION, 7-9 PM, Craig Thomas Discovery & Visitor Center, Moose. This event draws a big, happy crowd! Excitement is palpable, and so are the appetizers! The art takes center stage. All paintings are displayed in a gallery-like setting, making them easy to view. Artists’ works are clearly labeled, and the public is invited to take in the show. With live music, great food and drink, it’s a truly festive occasion! FREE, and ARTISTS ARE IN ATTENDANCE.
FRIDAY, JULY 14 – PAINTING ON THE COMMONS, 9-11 AM, Teton Village. Located just a few miles from the entrance to Grand Teton National Park, and set at the foot of the imposing Rendezvous Mountain, Teton Village is a superb plein air setting. Painting demonstrations this morning with event artists Susan Blackwood, Michele Byrne, Howard Friedland, David Harms, Jeanne Mackenzie, Mike Rangner, & Carol Swinney.
PAINTING ON THE MOUNTAIN, 4 – 7 PM, Top of Bridger Gondola / Piste Restaurant, Teton Village. High in the sky, overlooking Jackson Hole’s verdant valley, event artists Michele Byrne, Debra Joy Groesser, David Harms, Jeanne Mackenzie, Greg Scheibel, & Ken Spencer will dazzle you with their high-altitude plein air technique! A truly memorable way to observe plein air, in the plain air!
SATURDAY, JULY 15 – Quick Draw & Sale, 9 AM – 12 Noon, Menor’s Ferry, GTNP – Come watch artists create fresh, new paintings from blank canvases in a scant two hours. All new works will be displayed on the spot when painting finishes, and immediately offered for sale! Fixed prices, 11:00 am – 12 noon.
SUNDAY, JULY 16 – SHOW CLOSES at 4 PM AT THE CRAIG THOMAS DISCOVERY & VISITORS CENTER. YOU HAVE UNTIL THEN TO TAKE ONE MORE LOOK AT “PLEIN AIR FOR THE PARK” WORKS, AND FIND THAT SPECIAL PAINTING YOU MAY HAVE MISSED! SEE YOU NEXT YEAR! www.pleinairforthepark.org www.rmpap.org
Key words. Key, if you’re an artist at Altamira Fine Art or a collector of art who fancies Altamira’s second-to-none Contemporary Western artists roster. During the month of July, Altamira Fine Art in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, presents a group show of some of the West’s best. These artists are at the top of their game both creatively and as successful, collectible artists. It’s no wonder that, when we attend an Altamira opening reception, many spotlighted artworks are gone, baby, gone!
GROUP EXHIBITION: HOWARD POST, R. TOM GILLEON, GARY ERNEST SMITH, DENNIS ZIEMIENSKI, ED MELL is on exhibition at Altamira through July 15th, and an artist reception takes place Thursday, July 13th, 5:30 – 7:30 pm at the gallery.
So, there’s fair warning. Together, this group of painters are contributing 45 new works of art to the gallery. Even with 45 new works (45!) you may have to wrestle somebody to the floor.
I’m slack-jawed by the number 45, but here’s the important information:
“The show includes evocative National Park-themed paintings from Dennis Ziemienksi, a brand new series from Gary Ernest Smith, “Heroes and Villains,” and a unique installation of R. Tom Gilleon’s signature subject, “10 little tipis.” Howard Post’s distinctive colors and strong shadow patterns shine in both oil and pastel, while Ed Mell’s dynamic vistas and dramatic skies energize the western landscape,” the gallery notes.
Ed Mell also has a signature Pendleton “Bucking Bronco” blanket! Black and white. At Pendleton, not at Altamira.
Altamira has created a lovely Issu catalog for the show, with 66 pages, and here is the link. Enjoy! And don’t forget: “Pre-Sales.” That’s your mantra!