Artists bring history alive; Grand Canyon Celebration of Art, exhibition and sale

GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK – The Grand Canyon Association and Arizona Public Service have announced the fifth annual Grand Canyon Celebration of Art in Grand Canyon National Park from Sept. 14 to Jan. 20, 2014.

The event will feature 26 artists from around the country who have created a studio piece for the exhibition. The artists will also paint plein air during the week before the exhibit opens. Visitors will have the opportunity to watch the artists work as they seek to represent the shifting light and shadow, amazing land forms and vibrant colors of the park’s vast landscape. Artists will be at the North and South Rims, Phantom Ranch and Indian Garden Sept. 14-20.

Long before there was color photography, artists like Thomas Moran and Gunnar Widforss contributed to capturing the beauty and mystery of the Grand Canyon through art. Their work helped communicate to the world the need for preservation of such a special place.

In 2009, the Grand Canyon Association rejuvenated this idea and brought artists to the South Rim for a week of painting and appreciation of art in the canyon. Today, the Celebration of Art exposes tens of thousands of people to live artist renderings at the Grand Canyon and has become the model for outdoor art events in national parks.

Event schedule

  • Sept. 14-20

All day – plein air artist exhibitions | North and South Rims, Phantom Ranch, Indian Garden

  • Sept. 20

9 a.m. to noon – quick draw and auction | Kolb Studio
5-7 p.m. – buyers’ preview and reception | Kolb Studio

  • Sept. 21

11 a.m. t0 1 p.m. – grand opening reception and sale | Kolb Studio

  • Sept. 21 to Jan. 20, 2014

Studio hours – exhibit and sale | Kolb Studio

Proceeds from the event will 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.

Submitted by: Grand Canyon National Park

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