Grand Canyon and Sedona Painting and Event Update

Finished quick draw painting, right before the auction
Finished quick draw painting from canyon rim, right before the auction

This has been an exciting and busy fall for me, participating in the 6th Annual Grand Canyon Celebration of Art in September. By hiking down the Bright Angel Trail and camping at Indian Garden Campground during the paint out week, I produced a body of work from below the canyon rim that was inspired by the area within a few miles of the campground. The weather and location were beautiful; hikers and campers were treated to daily shows of works completed and in progress. Support and encouragement by the backcountry rangers was awesome. Thank you all.

After five days I returned to the South Rim at Grand Canyon Village to prepare the work for the exhibit opening at Kolb Studio. For the Saturday“Quick Draw”all artists painted from the canyon rim between Bright Angel Trailhead and El Tovar Hotel followed by public auction at the Bright Angel Trailhead. My plein air watercolor “Isis” sold in the top quarter by value. That evening my studio offering “Seldom Seen; Alamo Window” sold on opening night, along with about 75% of my pieces from Indian Garden area. The show remains up at Kolb Studio thru Jan 20, 2015.

Other selected plein air paintings of Grand Canyon are offered at Grand Canyon Association stores on South and North Rims year round.

Several weeks later I traveled to Sedona for the 10th Annual Sedona Plein Air Festival in October. I was hosted by friends Rik and Rose Moon, whose beautiful house was a wonderful close in and secluded base from which to work. Thank you. The theme of the festival this year was “Art and Wine”. The artists visited several Verde Valley vineyards for inspiration, demonstrations, and consumption. Sales too. Tuesday was paint out day in Jerome, always an interesting place with fascinating old buildings and expansive views.

A week long display at Sedona Arts Center gallery followed by an evening sale and wine tasting concluded this most successful event.

Soon I will begin work on a new painting of Grand Canyon for Celebration of Art, 2015. Coming right up in April, 2015, I will spend the month at South Rim of Grand Canyon as selected Artist in Residence for South Rim. This program is administered by the National Park Service at Grand Canyon National Park and I am excited to have been selected for this honor,as competition for these spots is fierce.