Magazine article Southwest Art

Plein Air for the Park: Craig Thomas Discovery & Visitor Center, July 18-22

Magazine article Southwest Art

Plein Air for the Park: Craig Thomas Discovery & Visitor Center, July 18-22

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HIDDEN WITHIN THE towering mountains of Grand Teton National Park there are sprawling meadows, dense pine forests, and babbling streams that empty into serene lakes. The area offers plein-air painters endless idyllic scenery to inspire their work. This month, artists are painting here for a cause in the seventh annual Plein Air for the Park Show and Sale. The event is a unique partnership between the Rocky Mountain Plein Air Painters Association and the Grand Teton Association. Proceeds from the sale benefit education and conservation efforts within Grand Teton National Park. "As artists we have a sense of the beauty of the place that our interpretation is preserving, and we're communicating to the public how important the land is in every way," says Jake Gaedtke, RMPAP president. "It's two different interpretations with the same goal in mind."

Artists arrive on Monday, July 9, and paint throughout the week in various locations across the park. Visitors can watch artists paint when they gather for painting demonstrations. The first is held at the Jackson Lake Lodge on Monday, July 16, from 9 to 11 a.m. Then, on Tuesday, the artists paint in Jackson Town Square from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. "We've held back on doing more demonstrations this year because we find that when artists have to maintain a rigid painting schedule, it takes away from the spontaneity," Gaedtke says. "Mainly we just let the artists paint as they wish so they can produce the best work for a strong show." The show opens on Wednesday, July 18, with an artists' reception from 7 to 9 p. …

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