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State parks to host plein air art show in Anchorage

Posted: January 12, 2012 - 1:03am

Alaska State Parks, in conjunction with the Alaskan Artists Guild and the Plein Air Painters of Alaska, is hosting an art show titled “Camp, Canoe, and Create,” an exhibit of paintings composed at Denali State Park. The event is scheduled to run from 5-7 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 27 at Blaine’s Art Supply in Anchorage.

The art show will feature works by artists who participated in the inaugural Art in the Parks event hosted by Alaska State Parks at Denali State Park in August. The paintings will be on display at Blaine’s through the month of February.

The three-day event, based at the Byers Lake Campground, brought together more than 40 Alaskan artists. With brushes and palettes in hand, artists spent the weekend painting a wide variety of scenes and landscapes within the state park. The focus of the event was a style of painting known as en plein air, which means “on location.”

During the summer of 2012, additional Art in the Parks events are planned at Chena River State Recreation Area, Independence Mine State Historical Park and Chugach State Park.

Art in the Parks is a family-oriented initiative that seeks to inspire people to get outside and experience state parks with an eye toward art. Events are open to the public and include art-themed activities for children and adults and guided interpretive hikes. People involved in all types of artistic mediums – drawing, photography, sculpture, music, poetry, jewelry making, and even cooking – are encouraged to participate.

For more information on the upcoming art show in Anchorage, or to share ideas for future Art in the Parks events, check the Alaska State Parks website at www.alaskastateparks.org, or contact David Griffin at 907-269-8696, or email at david.griffin@alaska.gov. Blaine’s Art Supply is located at 1025 Photo Ave. in Anchorage on the corner of Benson and Cope Street. The shop’s phone number is 561-5344 and its website is www.blainesart.com.

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