Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Blown Away - Grand Canyon Plein Air on the Rim!

The Grand Canyon Plein Air on the Rim event ended some time ago and I returned to a lot of home stuff, a studio tour and other things so that what happened there is just now sinking in. It was an amazing time. As the title of this entry suggests, the weather was as beautiful as it was difficult. We had clouds, rain, hail, winds, fog, lightning and many rainbows the entire week. There was so much weather that it really cut into the time we had to paint. I was nearly struck by lightning twice, one time I actually felt a small charge pass through my body at Hopi Point. Despite all this (or perhaps because of it!) everyone produced great works for the opening. I am always impressed with the artists at these events. I was equally impressed with the Grand Canyon Association and National Park staff and voluteers! A truly hard working and dedicated group of people! They really put on a wonderful show. Many thanks to all!!

The opening reception was well attended and I sold nearly everything I had there, plus I picked up the Artists Choice Award. Getting that recognition from such a amazing group of painters was a humbling experience and will be one I will never forget.

The show runs at the Kolb Studio through Nov. 27th. Proceeds from this event will be dedicated to funding an art venue on the South Rim that will preserve and showcase the spectacular collection of historic and contemporary paintings owned by Grand Canyon National Park and the Grand Canyon Association. This permanent art venue at the South Rim will help to ensure that future generations of Park visitors will be able to experience Grand Canyon art at its finest. Get up there if you can!


Mick Carney said...

As usual loving them. Keep them coming.

Bill Cramer said...

Thanks Mick. It was a wild week, one for the record books. Got in a weekend of rock climbing in Nevada, and now I'm gearing up for the Sedona and Zion plein air events. I'll be expecting fairer skies!