I'll be set up at the corner of 5th and Mill, near the Starbucks.
This annual fall event attracts nearly 225,000 visitors to the Mill Avenue District in Tempe over the course of the 3-day weekend. In addition to arts and entertainment, the Tempe Festival of the Arts offers support to the Tempe community. A portion of the proceeds raised at the Festival benefits local Tempe charities whose volunteers provide on-site staffing during the event.
I'm home from what are essentially back to back plein air events at Grand Canyon National Park, Sedona, Arizona and Zion National Park. It's hard to put into words just how amazing these events were and how humbled and happy I am to have be able to participate in them. My thanks goes out to all the great people who worked so hard to put on these incredible exhibits, to the collectors and public who participate in so many ways and to my fellow artists (BAPA Presidents and otherwise) whose support and friendship lifted these events to a whole new level. Thanks also to all the great hosts who put me up and put up with me (my apologies for any paint spots or empty wine bottles I may have left behind).
I'll be heading out to the Plein Air at the Grand Canyon this Friday. It's been one long rainy summer in central AZ and I look forward to getting out for week of painting with the usual suspects (and some new ones) at the Canyon. The event is part of the Grand Canyon Celebration of Art with theproceeds supporting the goal of funding a permanent art venue on the South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park.
The paintings shown here are going to be part of the National Parks of the Westexhibition at the Phippen Western Heritage Museum in Prescott, AZ. "The nation’s westward expansion of the national parks is explored through the majestic landscapes and animals in their native habitat in the National Parks of the West exhibit. The exhibit depicts the grandeur of the parks through the eyes of some of the world’s leading artists, including Thomas Moran, Gunnar Windforss, Ray Swanson, Russell Case, Edward Aldrich, Bill Anton and many more." (I'm one of the "mores". They're all available, but you won't be able to get 'em until the show ends in Feb.)
There's a couple of shows in between, but I'll post up on those when I get back from the canyon.
I hope you are enjoying a fantastic spring! Here are a few art exhibits I'll be participating in this season. I hope to see you at these great events!
Visions of the Southwest
I will be participating in the Ian Russell Gallery's annual exhibit of western landscapes alongside fellow painters Marcia Molnar & Don Rantz plus sculptor Diana Simpson. May 24th thru July 1st Opening reception Friday May 24 5-8 pm Ian Russell Gallery 130 South Montezuma, Prescott, AZ 928.445.7009
Phippen Museum 39th Annual Western Art Show & Sale
Prescott's premier western art show located on the north side of the historic downtown square. Look for my booth (#71) near the corner of Montezuma and Gurley. I will be doing quick draws on Saturday and Sunday at 2 pm on the north side of the courthouse. Memorial Day Weekend Sat-Mon May 25-27 Downtown Prescott, AZ Phippen Museum 929.778.1385
Telluride and Aspen Plein Air
Each summer the Sheridan Arts Foundation hosts 20-30 nationally renowned plein air artists to paint in the beautiful settings of Telluride and Aspen, Colorado. Last year I received the best of show award at the Telluride Plein Air Exhibit. The best part of the award is getting an automatic invite to this year's event! I've also been invited to the Aspen Plein Air the following week.
The Tempe Festival of the Arts just finished and was a great success! (It seems the economy might be improving?) My next two events will be the Phippen Western Art Show and an exhibit of new work at the Ian Russell Gallery both over Memorial Day weekend in Prescott. Here's a few paintings I'm planning to include. I'll post more as I get them finished.