The First Annual Grand Canyon Celebration of Art

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Grand Canyon Association is sponsoring an historic art event at the South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park. The first annual Grand Canyon Celebration of Art will take place September 14-19, 2009.

All proceeds from this event will be dedicated to the preservation of Grand Canyon art and to ensuring that future generations of park visitors will be able to experience Grand Canyon art at its best.

This major art show will provide an opportunity for visitors to see the works of some of the best master artists in the nation as they seek to capture the beauty of the timeless Grand Canyon landscape on canvas.

The celebration consists of two distinctly different events: The Grand Canyon Modern Masters Invitational; The Plein Air on the Rim.

Modern Masters Invitational is a juried art show and sale of varied and complex works developed in the studios of twenty premiere Grand Canyon artists.  Works will be exhibited at Grand Canyon’s Historic Kolb Studio, where artists will compete for awards.

Modern Master artists to show are Bruce Aiken, Elizabeth Black, John D. Cogan, M. L. Coleman, Nancy Denzler, Alyce Frank, David Haskell, Gregory Hull, William Scott Jennings, Merrill Mahaffey, Ed Mell, Doug Miley, P.A. Nisbet, William S. Phillips, Ryan Skidmore, Serena Supplee Karl Thomas, Curt Walters, Mark Weber, and Rick Wheeler.

The show opens on September 18, 2009 at Kolb Studio with an invitation only gala reception.  The show opens to the public on September 19. 2009 and continues through November 15, 2009.

Plein Air on the Rim is a weeklong event that encompasses five days of painting outdoors around the area of the South Rim.

“En plein air,” French for “in the open air,” is a spontaneous art form with artists creating paintings outdoors, responding to the immediacy of the moment and reflecting the excitement of the changing light, weather conditions and deepening shadows on canvas.

Twenty plein air artists will participate in a competition, quick draw, public auction, exhibition and sale on the South Rim and at Kolb Studio.

The Plein Air artists to show are Joshua Been, Elizabeth Black, Amery Bohling, Betty Carr, M. L. Coleman, Cody DeLong, Nancy Denzler, M. Stephen Doherty, Linda Glover Gooch, David Haskell, Raleigh Kinney, P. A. Nisbet, Michael Obermeyer, John Poon, Scott Prior, Serena Supplee, Williamson Tapia, Karl Thomas, Curt Walters, and Rick Wheeler.

The show opens on September 19, 2009 at Kolb Studio with a morning reception open to the public.

All artwork events will be on display and available for sale September 19 through November 15, 2009 at Kolb Studio, Grand Canyon, AZ.

Everyone is invited – no admission fee. View the Modern Masters studio work and “en plein air” paintings created during the Festival week. This is a once-in-a-lifetime chance to purchase a priceless piece of art that will be a forever memory of the majestic beauty of Grand Canyon.

Kolb Studio is located along the Rim Trail in Grand Canyon Village, 200 yards west of Bright Angel Lodge. For more information about Grand Canyon Association and its programs, please visit the association on the Web at

Grand Canyon Association
P.O. Box 399
Grand Canyon, AZ 86023

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