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Mountain-Prairie Region


National Elk Refuge to Participate in Plein Air Event

July 9, 2014

Painting. Credit:  USFWS
Paint palette. Credit: USFWS.

The National Elk Refuge is pleased to partner with the Rocky Mountain Plein Air Painters and Grand Teton Association to present a group painting demonstration on Thursday, July 17 from 5:00 to 8:00 pm at the Jackson Hole & Greater Yellowstone Visitor Center. The event is free of charge and open to the public. 

Approximately 20 artists will spread out onto areas overlooking the refuge and will interact with the public as they work. Locations will include the visitor center lawn, the covered upper deck of the facility, the remote viewing deck across the lawn next to the wetlands area, and the Flat Creek turnout. While promoting awareness and enjoyment of plein air painting, the artists will be available to visit with guests about the creative process and explain various approaches and techniques used. “We look forward to welcoming the artists as they capture the beauty and inspiration of the National Elk Refuge while interacting with our visitors,” said Refuge Manager Steve Kallin.

The visitor center is located at 532 N. Cache Street in Jackson. Current hours are from 8:00 am – 7:00 pm, but visitors are welcome to stroll through the grounds after hours to enjoy the art session. 

“En plein air” is a French expression, which means “in the open air” and it is used to describe painting done in an outdoor setting. The painting demonstration at the Jackson Hole & Greater Yellowstone Visitor Center coincides with the 3rd annual Plein Air for the Park art show and sale in Grand Teton National Park from July 16 –20. The 
new artwork created on July 17 will become part of the Plein Air in the Park show and will be for sale there. 

The painting demonstration on July 17 is also part of Jackson’s Third Thursday Art Walk series.

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Last modified: July 09, 2014
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