Tuesday, 11 December 2012 21:40

America's Parks Exhibition Begins Tour

Written by  Steve Doherty
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Greg McHuron (1945-2012), a plein air painter who will be honored in this exhibition with a Curator's Tribute Greg McHuron (1945-2012), a plein air painter who will be honored in this exhibition with a Curator's Tribute



Many subscribers to PleinAir entered the "America's Parks Through the Beauty of Art" competition, and several of them have paintings among those that will begin touring the United States in March 2013.

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"Movement?" by Greg McHuron, oil, 24 x 30 in.

"America's Parks Through the Beauty of Art" is an international art competition and exhibition intended to recognize and promote excellence in original works of art depicting any park (national, state, provincial, county, city, or private) in North America. Jurors selected 101 artworks for the competition in November 2012; original, two-dimensional works of art completed in 2010, '11, or '12 were eligible for entry. Jurors included M. Stephen Doherty, editor, PleinAir magazine; Susan T. Fisher, past president, American Society of Botanical Artists, and former director, Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum Art Institute; and Todd Wilkinson, managing editor, Wildlife Art Journal. The top 50 works will be included in a national tour to three venues.

Among the artists whose work will be included in the touring exhibition are Carel Pieter Kempen, Julie Taylor Chapman, David Gallup, Jack Garver, Mary Helsaple, Shawn Murtha, Aaron Schuerr, Jeanne Rosier Smith, Jason Sacran, Cory Trepanier, Morten E. Solberg, and James Wisnowski.

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"Silver Threads," by Greg McHuron, oil, 18 x 27 in.

"America's Parks Through the Beauty of Art" will premiere at the Ella Carothers Dunnegan Gallery of Art in Bolivar, Missouri, from March 17-April 14, 2013. The other venues and dates are: May 18-July 28, 2013, Roger Tory Peterson Institute of Natural History, Jamestown, New York; and August 17-October 13, 2013, Kenosha Public Museums, Kenosha, Wisconsin.

The 2013 edition of "America's Parks Through the Beauty of Art" is the first of three, with others to follow in 2014 and 2015. The competition is a new initiative of David J. Wagner, LLC. Information and instructions to submit work for consideration for the 2014 edition of "America's Parks" will be announced early in 2013. To receive information about the 2014 edition of the competition, e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 For further info, contact: David J. Wagner, Ph.D., Curator/Tour Director, David J. Wagner, L.L.C.; "America's Parks" Competition and Exhibition Office; www.davidjwagnerllc.com; 414.221.6878.



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