Special Event Calendar

Desert View Watchtower with Colorado River beyond

Desert View Cultural Demonstrator Series

Desert View Watchtower: 9 am–4 pm

Friday, Saturday & Sunday, November 25-27
Gwen Setalla - Hopi Potter
Gayland Spencer - Navajo Potter
Eric Kayquaptewa - Hopi Carver

Learn more about this program
Desert View Watchtower, where the cultural demonstrations are held, is located 25 miles (41 km) east of Grand Canyon Village on Highway 64/Desert View Drive.

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Individual photos of 6 Artists doing Plen Air painting. Photos placed slightly apart to create a horizontal banner across the page.
Grand Canyon Celebration of Art: "Plen Air on the Rim" September 10-16, 2016 - Exhibit at Kolb Studio: Sept. 16, 2016 - Jan. 16, 2017
Paintings on display in exhibit
Grand Canyon Celebration of Art Exhibit

2016 Grand Canyon Celebration of Art
Exhibit in Kolb Studio - now through Monday January 16, 2017

Hosted each year by the Grand Canyon Association, the Grand Canyon Celebration of Art is an annual event that includes 6 days of art related events followed by a
3 month long exhibition in Kolb Studio on the South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park.

The 8th Annual Celebration of Art features over 25 artists from around the country who engaged in a plein air competition and exhibition.


Every September, park visitors and residents have an opportunity to watch artists paint Grand Canyon as they seek to represent the shifting light and shadow, amazing land forms, and vibrant colors of this vast landscape.

Each artist brings a completed studio piece with them and then spends a number of days creating more artwork on the South Rim, on the North Rim, at Phantom Ranch and at Indian Garden during the Plein Air at the Canyon Event.

At the end of the week, on Saturday, the Quick Draw Event takes place in the historic district of Grand Canyon Village. During the auction that immediately follows the Quick Draw event, park residents and visitors have the opportunity to bid on the paintings that they watched being created that morning, and to bring a piece of Grand Canyon home.

The 2016 Exhibit and Sale runs through the holidays, through Monday, January 16, 2017.

Proceeds from this event support the goal of funding an art venue at the South Rim of the Grand Canyon. This permanent home will ensure that future generations of park visitors will be able to view the stunning art collection in the Grand Canyon National Park Museum and Grand Canyon Association Collections.

For information and schedule for the 2016 Celebration of Art visit:


Plein Air Painting at Grand Canyon

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Every September, a group of artists gather at Grand Canyon National Park for the Celebration of Art presented by Grand Canyon Association. Proceeds from the event go towards establishing a permanent art venue at Grand Canyon. Visitors may watch and learn from the Plein Air painters. (Video clip from "Grand Canyon a Journey of Wonder.")


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