Special Event Calendar

Desert View Watchtower with Colorado River beyond

Desert View Cultural Demonstrator Series

Desert View Watchtower: 9 am–4 pm

Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday, August 15,16,17, 2017
Leo Chee - Navajo Carver & Silversmith
Gloria Chee - Navajo Carver & Beader

Saturday & Sunday, August 19 and 20, 2017
Henry Nez - Navajo Silversmith
Waldo Davis - Zuni Fetish Carver

Learn more about this program --- View the summer 2017 schedule
The 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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Kolb Brothers historic photos slide show.
The Amazing Kolb Brothers - Historic Photos
The Amazing Kolb Brothers

A Grand Life at the Grand Canyon Exhibit

At first glance, Kolb Studio appears to be an old house perched on the rim of the canyon.

However, if you step inside, or see it from Bright Angel Trail on your hike out of the canyon, you get the sense it is much more than that.

This is the Victorian home of the Kolb Brothers who created a lasting legacy of adventure, exploration, family love, and amazing Grand Canyon photography that will last as long as the Canyon itself.
  • See Unusual Antique Cameras
  • Watch Their Movie That Played Continuously for 61 Years
This exhibit is presented by the Grand Canyon Association, Cline Library and Grand Canyon National Park. Additional funding is provided by the Babbitt Foundation, Pink Jeep Tours, Las Vegas and Sedona and Ms. Penny Schultz.
Kolb Bros Exhibit runs through September 5, 2017

"The Amazing Kolb Brothers" is open through September 5, 2017

Take a virtual tour of this exhibit here.

View Photos of Kolb Studio and recent historic renovation work

Learn about the Kolb Brothers Collection at Northern Arizona University

orange sunset with a rainbow over Grand Canyon landscape
http://grandcanyonmusicfest.org/ Grand Canyon Music Festival. "...a treat for eyes and ears" - The New York Times. The 34th Anniversary Season. August 25 through September 9, 2017 Concerts at the Shrine of Ages, Grand Canyon Village, South Rim, Grand Canyon National Park.
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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 9-16, 2017 - Exhibit at Kolb Studio: Sept. 17, 2017 through Jan. 15, 2018
Paintings on display in exhibit
Grand Canyon Celebration of Art Exhibit

2017 Grand Canyon Celebration of Art

Exhibit in Kolb Studio - September 15, 2017 through Monday January 15, 2018

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 9th Annual Celebration of Art will feature over 25 artists from around the country who will engage 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 2017 Exhibit and Sale will run through Monday, January 15, 2018.

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 2017 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.")


Last updated: August 14, 2017

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