By Tammy Christel - Jackson Hole Art Blog - www.jacksonholearttours.com/ArtBlog/
On Friday, July 13th, the Rocky Mountain Plein Air Painters (RMPAP) "Plein Air for the Park" Gala Opening Reception and Sale takes place at Grand Teton National Park’s (GTNP) Craig Thomas Discovery & Visitors Center (CTDVC) 7:00 - 9:00 pm, with presentations of artist awards at 7:45 pm. New works painted in the Park over the preceding two weeks will be exhibited; award-winning paintings will become part of GTNP's permanent collection. Forty percent of the proceeds from the sale of works at the show will benefit Grand Teton National park through the Grand Teton Association (GTA), the Park's supporter and provider of Park-related educational, interpretive and scientific materials and programs.
Dozens of artists from around North America are taking part in the first-of-its-kind event. Jackson Hole artists Jennifer Hoffman, Erin O’Connor, Kathryn Mapes Turner, Gregory I. McHuron and Lee Riddell will all have works on display.
“I am very excited about hosting the RMPAP in Jackson this year," says participating artist and GTA representative Turner. "This event is an unprecedented collaboration of the nation’s finest plein air painters, painting some of the most beautiful subject matter in the world, all joining together with the Grand Teton Association for the benefit of Grand Teton National Park. In thinking back to the contributions of Thomas Moran, John Clymer and Conrad Schwiering, it is easy to see that here has been a long history of artists in this area. Their art made a significant impact on our understanding of this place. Landscape artists have a special relationship with the land, so I see this event as a celebration of our magnificent valley.”
"My people, my tribe!" exclaimes O'Connor. " This is a collection of the most talented artists I know, with both styles and humors running the gammut. Imagine the challenge: paint your own immersion in the Jackson Hole landscape, no matter the weather or circumstances, in a matter of days. Imagine the kind of people who can pull that off. They are dedicated, determined souls with astonishing skills and a willingness to let Mother Nature run them ragged. I've participated in the RMPAP national events for 10 years, and I've yet to decide which is best - the amazing artwork that is created in these wild places, or the wild laughter and comradery of the artists creating."
Riddell views RMPAP's event as a celebration of the place she's called home for over 35 years. Always excited to see how artists interpret the Park and its surroundings, Riddell takes pleasure in understanding what moves artists and how their feelings are put into their paintings; she looks forward to meeting RMPAP's artists and taking part in her first Quick Draw.
"I am honored to be one of the 'invited guest artists' this summer, and am looking forward to painting with Jen, Kath, Erin and Greg, as well as friends who are RMPAP members not living in Jackson," Riddell says. "And, it will be fun to meet members I do not know yet. I learn so much from other painters!"