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Home People & Lifestyle Western Art ‘Paint the Parks’ Exhibit Gives Public Another Way to See Our National Treasures

‘Paint the Parks’ Exhibit Gives Public Another Way to See Our National Treasures

Traveling Show Provides Artists’ Impressions of the National Parks Sites Covered in Ken Burns’ PBS Documentary

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Ken Burns latest PBS documentary about our national parks is giving viewers an eye-opening look at America's crown jewels, but there's another show about our national parks touring the country and it's also spectacular.

"Paint the Parks100," a national touring annual exhibition of contemporary representative paintings depicting America's national parks, opens Oct. 1, 2009 at the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial's Old Courthouse in St. Louis, Missouri, and runs through Dec. 1.

The traveling exhibit provides fascinating and stunning artistic impressions of the sites covered in the broadcast of The National Parks: America's Best Idea, Ken Burns' PBS documentary.

The exhibit is organized by PaintAmerica (
www.paintamerica.org), a national, non-profit organization to support and promote the visual arts. As one of the leading traveling exhibitions in America, Paint the Parks100 features the works of many of the country's most recognized contemporary artists, as well as several talented emerging artists.

From the well-known Grand Canyon to the lesser-known New Jersey Coastal Heritage Trail, visitors will see familiar vistas through fresh eyes and discover new locales that may end up on their vacation itineraries. Meanwhile, the artists demonstrate masterful techniques in oil, acrylic, watercolor, pastel, and colored pencil.

The exhibit is created annually from a national juried artists' competition, and includes the 100 highest scoring pieces from nearly a thousand submissions.

The exhibit at the Old Courthouse will include the Grand Prize Purchase Award painting by Patrick McManus, depicting Glacier National Park. Other major juror award winners included in the exhibit are Barbara Summers Edwards, "Birth of A Nation"; Steven Hileman, "Sappharine Cove"; and Lynn Boggess, "12 February, 2009."

"We are delighted to have the support of the Jefferson National Parks Association," stated Rod Seel, executive director of PaintAmerica. "We couldn't ask for a better supporting partner and the exhibit venue of the Old Courthouse is one of our artists' favorite places to exhibit. We're proud to bring this terrific exhibit to St. Louis."

The Old Courthouse is part of the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial complex (
www.nps.gov/jeff ) and houses restored courtrooms and history galleries.

The free exhibit at the Old Courthouse is open daily from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The paintings are available for purchase through the PaintAmerica association. Some proceeds from the tour are given to the National Parks Foundation. A percentage from paintings sold in St. Louis goes to the Jefferson National Parks Association.

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