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.