Grand Canyon and Sedona Painting and Event Update

Finished quick draw painting, right before the auction
Finished quick draw painting from canyon rim, right before the auction

This has been an exciting and busy fall for me, participating in the 6th Annual Grand Canyon Celebration of Art in September. By hiking down the Bright Angel Trail and camping at Indian Garden Campground during the paint out week, I produced a body of work from below the canyon rim that was inspired by the area within a few miles of the campground. The weather and location were beautiful; hikers and campers were treated to daily shows of works completed and in progress. Support and encouragement by the backcountry rangers was awesome. Thank you all.

After five days I returned to the South Rim at Grand Canyon Village to prepare the work for the exhibit opening at Kolb Studio. For the Saturday“Quick Draw”all artists painted from the canyon rim between Bright Angel Trailhead and El Tovar Hotel followed by public auction at the Bright Angel Trailhead. My plein air watercolor “Isis” sold in the top quarter by value. That evening my studio offering “Seldom Seen; Alamo Window” sold on opening night, along with about 75% of my pieces from Indian Garden area. The show remains up at Kolb Studio thru Jan 20, 2015.

Other selected plein air paintings of Grand Canyon are offered at Grand Canyon Association stores on South and North Rims year round.

Several weeks later I traveled to Sedona for the 10th Annual Sedona Plein Air Festival in October. I was hosted by friends Rik and Rose Moon, whose beautiful house was a wonderful close in and secluded base from which to work. Thank you. The theme of the festival this year was “Art and Wine”. The artists visited several Verde Valley vineyards for inspiration, demonstrations, and consumption. Sales too. Tuesday was paint out day in Jerome, always an interesting place with fascinating old buildings and expansive views.

A week long display at Sedona Arts Center gallery followed by an evening sale and wine tasting concluded this most successful event.

Soon I will begin work on a new painting of Grand Canyon for Celebration of Art, 2015. Coming right up in April, 2015, I will spend the month at South Rim of Grand Canyon as selected Artist in Residence for South Rim. This program is administered by the National Park Service at Grand Canyon National Park and I am excited to have been selected for this honor,as competition for these spots is fierce.

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I am excited to participate with eight other nature-loving artists in a show designated “The Verde River, an Artist's Adventure”designed to increase awareness and conservation of the Verde River Corridor. Running through November 30, 2014 at The Phoenix
Airport Museum, Sky Harbor International Airport, Terminal 2, it is part of one of the largest airport art museums in the United States. My watercolor “Verde Evening” resulted from a three day rafting and camping trip in the spring of 2013 with Verde Valley Land Preservation, an Arizona nonprofit.

Equally exciting, this year my paintings of Grand Canyon are available at Kolb Studio, South
Rim of Grand Canyon near the Bright Angel Trail head, and at North Rim Visitor Center, North
Rim of Grand Canyon. Purchase at either location benefits Grand Canyon Association, also
an Arizona nonprofit.

Coming right up August 23 and 24 will be Flagstaff Open Studios Tour. I will be at Dawn
Sutherland Studio at 2300 Kilty Lane for our second “Oil and Water” presentation
focused on our participation in the 6th Annual Grand Canyon Celebration of Art, 2014.
Come by and see her beautiful studio and gardens. There will be door prizes, refreshments,
and great deals on artwork. Opening August 1 at Brandy's is the FOS “Appetizers” Show , hanging there thru Sept 1.

On September 13, the 6th Annual Grand Canyon Celebration of Art begins at Grand
Canyon Village on South Rim. This prestigious event lasts through Sept 20, culminating
in a exhibit at Kolb Studio through Jan 20, 2015. This year I will be hiking down the Bright
Angel Trail to camp and paint during the week as CoA artist at Indian Gardens Campground. Demonstration paintings and informal talks will be presented during the week, with “Quick Draw” and auction on the lawn of El Tovar on the rim on Saturday, Sept 20, 9AM to 12 Noon.

Also in September, I will be a featured artist at The Gallery in Williams, through Oct 1.

Upcoming Grand Canyon Celebration of Art

Recently, my days have been mostly spent working on my studio painting for the 2014 Grand Canyon Celebration of Art. Last year was my third and best, as I was one of the top selling artists. I loved camping and painting at Phantom Ranch with Josh Been and look forward to this year's Celebration.

Robert painting at the 2013 Grand Canyon Celebration of Art
Robert painting at the 2013 Grand Canyon Celebration of Art