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.
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.
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.
Bethanne Kinsella Cople
Debra Joy Groesser*
Jennifer L. Hoffman
Kathryn Mapes Turner
Erin C. O'Connor
* 2017 Invited guest artist
2017 Awards Judge: Scott Jones, Director, Legacy Gallery
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.
Tuesday, July 11
PAINTING ON THE SQUARE, 3:30 - 6:30 PM, Downtown Jackson
Event artists gather in the Jackson Town Square 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.
Friday, July 14
PAINTING ON THE COMMONS, 9-11 AM, Teton Village
Painting demonstrations by event artists Susan Blackwood, Michele Byrne, Howard Friedland, David Harms, Jeanne Mackenzie, Mike Rangner, & Carol Swinney
PAINTING ON THE MOUNTAIN, 4 - 7 PM, Top of Bridger Gondola / Piste Restaurant, Teton Village
Painting demonstrations by event artists Michele Byrne, Debra Joy Groesser, David Harms, Jeanne Mackenzie, Greg Scheibel, & Ken Spencer.
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
SHOW CLOSES at 4 PM