10 Years of Celebrating Art at Grand Canyon National Park

Amery Bohling paints during last year's Grand Canyon Celebration of Art. | Courtesy of Grand Canyon Association

The Grand Canyon has long been a source of inspiration for artists, and that connection is the focus of the Grand Canyon Celebration of Art, which marks its 10th installment this year.

The event, scheduled for September 8 through January 21, is a thrill not just for artists, but also for visitors, according to the Grand Canyon Association, the organizer of the event. "Art plays a critical role in the appreciation of our national parks, and this event helps to keep the artistic tradition part of the Grand Canyon experience," the GCA said in a news release.

The event's goal is to raise funds for a dedicated art venue at the South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park.

Perhaps the best-known part of the annual celebration is Plein Air at Grand Canyon, which occurs September 8-15 at various South Rim locations. Visitors can watch participating artists paint "en plein air" (outside, on location), with their works then showcased at historic Kolb Studio in an exhibition and sale.

"Visitors will have the opportunity to watch the artists paint along the South Rim as they interpret the ever-shifting light and shadow," the GCA said.

Other events include a quick-draw event and live auction, on September 15 at Bright Angel Trailhead; a grand opening reception and sale, on September 16 at Kolb Studio; and the exhibition and sale, which runs until mid-January. Most events are free with park admission and open to the public.

For more information and updates on this year's Grand Canyon Celebration of Art, visit www.grandcanyon.org/coa.

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