The United States established its first national park (Yellowstone) in 1872, and 58 more such entities have been created since then, one as recently as last year. Though Americans are sometimes accused of disrespecting their environment, the remarkably early date of Yellowstone’s designation suggests how prescient our ancestors actually were in protecting that treasure before it was compromised, and it is a credit to Congress that it has sustained
the initiative. This model has been followed energetically by most states and many other jurisdictions, and is now
emulated abroad, too.
Not surprisingly, artists have long sought inspiration and beauty in parks — not only in wilderness areas, but also
in cities and even sculpture gardens.
The artworks illustrated here all reflect this ongoing fascination, and they even include an example made by a colleague north of the border. We were particularly impressed to find so many superb depictions of the distinctive “red rock” areas of the Southwest, which explains why they are amply represented here.
With summer upon us, now is the perfect time to admire — and then go explore — America’s myriad parks. Happy rails.
Yellowstone National Park in art – Gallery
Price’s painting won the Susan Kathleen Black Foundation Floral Art Award presented at the launch of the national touring exhibition America’s Parks II: Through the Beauty of Art.
Produced by David J. Wagner, LLC, this juried competition was open to all artworks depicting any park in the U.S., Canada, or Mexico, with emphasis on the Southwest.
The show is on view through August 6 at the Wildlife Experience (Parker, Colorado), and will conclude at Tucson’s Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum (September 13-October 26).
Sold in May at the auction concluding the Mesa Verde Foundation’s second annual Rims to Ruins paint-out. Each of the 23 participating artists is now creating studio paintings for a more formal sale at the Wildlife Experience (Parker, Colorado) on November 5.
The artist created this work as part of the Paint the Parks program (painttheparks.com), founded by her California colleague Karin H. Leonard. Lepore will share her proceeds with the Treasured Lands Trust in her home state of Florida.
Featuring more than 450 illustrations and some 70 painters and sculptors, this handsome hardcover volume has been marketed with different dustcovers so that prospective buyers can honor their favorite national park; appearing on their covers so far are painted images of Acadia, Grand Canyon, Grand Teton, Rocky Mountain, Yellowstone, Yosemite, and Zion.
Wayne Salge (b. 1941) Cecil (Edition of 6) 2014, Bronze, 16 ft. High Vogel Schwartz Sculpture Garden Riverfront Park, Little Rock, Arkansas