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 18. 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.

Artist demonstrations, like Painting On The Square and the Quick Draw, offer enthusiasts and patrons rare opportunities to enjoy connecting with the artists, and to watch their process unfold, in a personal way.

And our Morning With the Masters program gets young artists out in the field painting their own works with encouragement and personal guidance from our nationally recognized event artists, ensuring that the traditions of artistic appreciation and preservation of this amazing place will continue into the future.

  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 impact.

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

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