Artists Get Ready for 4th Annual Grand Canyon Celebration of Art

Saturday, September 01 2012 11:03   Grand Canyon
The 4th Annual Grand Canyon Celebration of Art will take place from Sept. 8 through Nov. 25, 2012 and park visitors will have the chance to see and purchase works of art from some of the best landscape painters in the country.

Proceeds from the event will support the goal of funding a permanent art venue on the South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park. This permanent home will ensure that future generations of park visitors will be able to view the stunning art collection in the Grand Canyon National Park Museum and Grand Canyon Association Collections.

dsc_4195This event, put on by the Grand Canyon Association, features 26 artists from around the country who have created a studio piece for the exhibition and will paint plein air during the week before the exhibit opens.

Plein air is a French expression meaning "in the open air" and is used to describe the act of painting outdoors,

Visitors will have the opportunity to watch the artists paint as they seek to represent the shifting light and shadow, amazing land forms, and vibrant colors of this vast landscape. Artists will be at the North and South Rims and, for the first time this year at Phantom Ranch and Indian Garden during Sept. 8-12, 2012.

Long before there was color photography, artists like Thomas Moran and Gunner Widfoss contributed to capturing the beauty and mystery of Grand Canyon through art. It was their paintings that helped communicate to the world the need for preservation of such a special place.

In 2009, the Grand Canyon Association rejuvenated this idea and brought artists to the South Rim for a week of painting and appreciation of art in the canyon. Today, Celebration of Art exposes tens of thousands of visitors to live artist renderings at Grand Canyon. It has become the model for outdoor art events in National Parks.

For more details and to see the event's schedule, visit the association's Website at


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