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Fine Art Show & Sale


July 12 - 16, 2017

Opening Reception Wednesday, July 12, 7-9 PM

at Craig Thomas Discovery & Visitor Center


about plein air for the park

Established in 2012, Plein Air for the Park is a collaborative effort of the artists of the Rocky Mountain Plein Air Painters Association and the staff and volunteers of the Grand Teton Association. Together we are proud to present this exclusive annual "wet painting" show and sale. Participating artists will create brand new paintings on-location ("en plein-air" as the French say) in the Park and Jackson Hole area during the 10 days prior to opening day. The new works debut for sale at the impressive Craig Thomas Discovery & Visitor Center in Moose starting Wednesday, July 12. A portion of all proceeds from the show will benefit the Grand Teton Association and support their ongoing educational, interpretive, and scientific programs in GTNP.

Artist Phil Wright of California hard at work below Mt. Moran

Artist Phil Wright of California hard at work below Mt. Moran

Connecting the land and people through a shared artistic experience.

Plein Air for the Park offers visitors a unique experience - a chance to see this majestic landscape through the eyes of 40 of the nation's top artists.

Numerous live demonstrations, like the Artists In The Environment program and the Quick Draw, are rare opportunities to enjoy connecting with the artists and their process in a personal way,

And what better way to take home a memento of the Park than to purchase a one-of-a-kind original artwork that will not only enrich your life in the years to come but will also help the Grand Teton Association continue its vital ongoing educational and interpretive mission.

All the new work, hung and ready for opening night!

All the new work, hung and ready for opening night!

Continuing a century-old artistic tradition

First put into widespread practice by the French Impressionists, painting "en plein aire" (in the open air) has been an integral part of the American landscape painting tradition for over 100 years. Working on location, directly from life, enables the artist to translate their experience of the light, weather, and landscape in the most immediate way, yielding canvases rich with freshness, spontaneity, and emotional content.

Artist Wes Newton of Oklahoma pauses to chat with a visitor.

Artist Wes Newton of Oklahoma pauses to chat with a visitor.


Participating artists

Cindy Baron

Eleinne Basa

Susan Blackwood*

Michele Byrne*

Bethanne Kinsella Cople

Bill Davidson

Lamya Deeb

Don Dernovich

Kaye Franklin

Howard Friedland*

Jake Gaedtke

Richard Galusha

Lanny Grant

Debra Joy Groesser*


Robert Hagberg

David Harms

Jennifer L. Hoffman

Gary Huber

John Hughes

Peggy Immel

Eric Jacobsen

Shanna Kunz

Ann Larsen

Jeanne Mackenzie

Kathryn Mapes Turner

Chuck Marshall*

Michael McClure

Susan McCullough*



James McGrew*

Wes Newton

Niles Nordquist

Erin C. O'Connor

Walter Porter

Mike Rangner*

Bill Sawczuk

Greg Scheibel*

Ken Spencer*

Carol Swinney

Russ Tanner

Kathy Wipfler

Phil Wright

* 2017 Invited guest artist

2017 Awards Judge: Scott Jones, Director, Legacy Gallery


event schedule

July 3 - 11, 2017

Artists arrive and paint in and around Grand Teton National Park and the greater Jackson Hole area.

Saturday, July 8

ARTISTS IN THE ENVIRONMENT, 9 AM - 12 Noon, Menor's Ferry, Grand Teton NP

Event artists Don Dernovich, Greg Scheibel, and Kathy Wipfler will each be demonstrating their oil painting technique while talking about their methods and answering questions from the public as they work.

Monday, July 10

PAINTING ON THE SQUARE,  3 - 6 PM, Downtown Jackson

Event artists gather in the Jackson Town Square to paint and interact with the public.

Tuesday, July 11

PAINTING ON THE MOUNTAIN,  4 - 7 PM, Top of Bridger Gondola, Teton Village

Event artists gather at the top of the Gondola to paint and interact with the public.

Wednesday, July 12

Gala Opening Reception, 7-9 PM, Craig Thomas Discovery & Visitor Center

Come enjoy all the brand new paintings, live music, and great food and drink at this festive gala. All event artists will be in attendance.

Saturday, July 15

Quick Draw & Sale, 9 AM - 12 Noon, Menor's Ferry, GTNP

Come watch event artists create brand new paintings from blank canvases in 2 hours. The new works will then be displayed on site for a fixed-price sale from 11 - Noon.

Sunday, July 16


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