Grand Canyon Celebration of Art
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Celebration of Art at Grand Canyon is a wonderful tradition at Grand Canyon National Park, providing a vibrant experience for visitors, a venue for artists inspired by the canyon, and a successful fundraiser to benefit arts programming and an art venue at the South Rim. Art plays a critical role in the appreciation of our national parks, and this event helps to keep the artistic tradition part of the Grand Canyon experience.
Since its inception in 2009, Celebration of Art has invited participating artists to paint “en plein air” (outside on location) for a week at Grand Canyon. The works produced during this time are shown alongside studio-produced pieces at the historic Kolb Studio in an exhibition and sale that extends for four months. This year, many of the 23 participating artists will paint along the South Rim from September 12th to September 18th. Visitors to Grand Canyon will be able to view the artists as they paint, safely from a distance.
On Sunday, September 13th, the artists will take part in a “Paint Out” at Mather Point, where visitors will have the opportunity to watch the artists interpret the ever-shifting light and shadow, amazing land forms, and vibrant colors of this vast landscape. This event is open to the public, and the completed paintings will be available for purchase on-site. Another “Paint Out” will take place on Friday, September 18th along the South Rim from Verkamp’s Visitor Center to Thunderbird Lodge, where once again, the artworks will be available for purchase on-site.
For the first time since the event’s inception, several new additions will make the featured art accessible to the public remotely. A special online silent auction will take place September 4th to September 20th, featuring pieces chosen by the artists. Silent auction winners will be announced Sunday, September 20th.
The studio pieces created by each artist will be available to purchase remotely through an Intent to Purchase ballot process. These stunning works of art will be featured in the print and digital event catalogue. Prospective buyers will fill out an “intent to purchase” form online for each piece. The winners will be drawn and announced on Sunday, September 20th.
All works will be on display at Kolb Studio and collectors may schedule private viewing appointments Friday, September 18th through Sunday, September 20th.
The exhibition and sale will go live online the week of September 21st and will continue through January 18th, 2021. If Kolb Studio is open to the public at that time, the exhibition will be on view onsite as well.