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Professional Artists to Capture Teton Scenery & Wildlife at Annual ‘Plein Air for the Park’

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Artist Wes Newton from Oklahoma City takes part in the Quick Draw event at the first (2012) 'Plein Air for the Park' event in Grand Teton NP.
Photo by: Jackie Skaggs

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News Release Date: June 27, 2014

Grand Teton National Park will serve as both the inspiration and location for the third annual 'Plein Air for the Park' fine art exhibition co-hosted by Grand Teton Association and the Rocky Mountain Plein Air Painters. Over 40 professional artists from across the United States will spend two weeks (July 7-20) painting in the park, as they capture on canvas the spectacular Teton landscape, wildlife and wildflowers. All sessions/events are free and open to the public. 

The 'Plein Air for the Park' event and art sale will include an opening reception on Wednesday, July 16, at 7 p.m.  in the Craig Thomas Discovery & Visitor Center at Moose, Wyoming. A fine art show and sale will take place from July 16-20, also at the Discovery Center. The two-week-long event will culminate with a quick draw at 9 a.m. on Saturday, July 19, in the Menor's Ferry Historic District. Park visitors and local residents are invited to watch paintings created from start-to-finish. All paintings may be purchased for a fixed-price immediately following the quick draw. 

Forty percent of the proceeds from sales made during 'Plein Air for the Park' will benefit GTA and help fund  ongoing educational, interpretive and scientific programs in support of Grand Teton National Park.   

"We look forward to welcoming the Rocky Mountain Plein Air Painters who will share their creative and artistic talents with our park visitors throughout much of July," said Grand Teton National Park Superintendent David Vela. "This free public event offers a unique opportunity to glimpse the power, beauty, and inspiration of the Teton landscape through the eyes of an artist." 

2014 EVENT SCHEDULE:
For complete information visit  
www.pleinairforthepark.org

JULY 7-19:
Artists paint in and around Grand Teton National Park and Jackson Hole. 

SATURDAY, JULY 12:
Artists in the Environment Demonstration
3 – 6 PM: Bradley/Taggart parking area & Cottonwood Creek picnic area
 

WEDNESDAY, JULY 16:
Full exhibition opens to public. Reserve works will be available for viewing & purchase.
12 Noon:  Craig Thomas Discovery & Visitor Center
7 - 9 PM: Gala Opening Reception
7:45 PM: Announcement of Awards
 

THURSDAY, JULY 17:
Group Painting Demonstration
5 – 8 PM: Jackson Hole & Greater Yellowstone Area Visitor Center, N. Cache Street in Jackson
 

SATURDAY, JULY 19:
Quick Draw & Sale 
9 AM – 12 Noon:  Menor's Ferry Historic District/Chapel of the Transfiguration. Sale immediately following.

Did You Know?

Tetons from the north, photo by Erin Himmel

Did you know that a large fault lies at the base of the Teton Range? Every few thousand years earthquakes up to a magnitude of 7.5 on the Richter Scale signal movement on the Teton fault, lifting the mountains skyward and hinging the valley floor downward.