“And Evening Ensues,” by Erin O’Connor, oil, 14 x 18 in. Winner of the GTNP Superintendent’s Award and now part of the GTNP Permanent Collection

The Rocky Mountain Plein Air Painters is planning its 12th Annual National Paint-Out and Exhibition, titled Plein Air for the Park. The event, set for July 8-21, 2013, is a fundraiser to benefit Grand Teton National Park.

“Greeting the Dawn,” by Stephen C. Datz, oil, 8 x 12 in. Winner, Grand Teton Association Board of Directors Award, now part of the GTNP Permanent Collection

Hosted by Grand Teton National Park and Grand Teton Association, Jackson, Wyoming, the opening reception for the Rocky Mountain Plein Air Painters exhibition will be Thursday, July 18, and a quick draw competition is scheduled for Saturday, July 20, 9 AM at Menor’s Ferry in GTNP. This event will gather together 44 nationally recognized professional artists from around the country. A preview of the new works created will be displayed on Monday, July 15, and the full show will open Thursday, July 18, with a gala reception at 7 p.m. It will run through Sunday, July 21. Awards will be presented by this year’s judge, Chris Moran.

“Light’s Dance,” by Kathryn Mapes Turner, oil, 12 x 9 in. Winner (in a two-way tie), Artists’ Choice Award, Best Painting

“Menor’s Ferry — Longing for the Snake,” by Jeanne Mackenzie, oil, 11×14 in. Winner (in a two-way tie), Artists’ Choice Award, Best Painting

All event activities are free and open to the public. Proceeds will benefit the Grand Teton Association, while 40 percent of the proceeds from the sale of works at the show will benefit Grand Teton National Park through GTA. “It is a thrill and a pleasure to be back in GTNP and working with the Grand Teton Association again this year,” says RMPAP President Stephen C. Datz. “We welcome the opportunity to continue the artistic tradition at the park and expand public awareness and appreciation of plein air painting. Doing so to benefit the exceptional efforts of the GTA on behalf of the park is a genuine privilege.” For additional information on the Rocky Mountain Plein Air Painters, please visit www.rmpap.org. For more information about the Grand Teton Association, visit www.grandtetonpark.org.


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