Magazine article Southwest Art

Grand Canyon Celebration

Magazine article Southwest Art

Grand Canyon Celebration

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WHO BETTER to kick off the ninth annual Grand Canyon Celebration of Art than 25 artists who are well-versed in portraying the canyon's colors, light, and scale? The talented ensemble, which includes plein-air painters Mitch Baird, Michelle Condrat, Bill Cramer, Ron Larson, and Rachel Pettit, gathers at Grand Canyon National Park on Saturday, September 9, for a weeklong paint-out along the South Rim. Organized by the Grand Canyon Association, the event features artists' demonstrations, a grand-opening reception, and a four-month-long exhibition and sale, all open to the public with park admission.

River guide and sculptor Clyde Ross Morgan joins the group this year and participates alongside the painters in a Quick Draw and auction beginning at 8 a.m. on Saturday, September 16, at Bright Angel Trailhead. That evening, an invitation-only Collectors' Reception offers guests a sneak peek at exhibition works. The show opens on Sunday with an artists' reception at 11 a.m. in the historic Kolb Studio, where as many as 450 artworks are available to view and purchase, including both fresh pleinair pieces and studio paintings. "I like to think that our event is helping to promote and preserve the integrity and beauty of the park," says show coordinator Kathy Duley. "It allows people to take a piece of the canyon home with them."

This year the Grand Canyon Association pays tribute to contemporary and historic women artists who have painted in the park, and art historian Betsy Fahlman gives a presentation on the topic at the Shrine of the Ages on Friday, September 15, at 7:30 p. …

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