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April 5 art show to feature paintings from state parks, game refuges

(Anchorage, AK) - Alaska State Parks, in conjunction with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game Refuge Program, will host a First Friday art show titled “Palettes in the Park” from 5-9 p.m. on Friday, April 5, at the Arctic Rose Gallery and Art Center in downtown Anchorage.

The art show will feature paintings by artists who participated in previous Arts in the Parks events in park units including the Independence Mine State Historical Park, Chena River State Recreation Area, and Chugach State Park; as well as artwork painted on location at the Potter Marsh, Creamers Field, and Palmer Hay Flats state game refuges.  The paintings will remain on display at Arctic Rose through the month of April.

Since 2011, the state’s Arts in the Parks events have brought together more than 100 Alaskan artists to paint in state parks using a style of painting known as en plein air, which means “on location”.

“Plein air artists thrive on the beauty of nature and creating their pieces outdoors. These events have provided a chance for all of us to enjoy Alaska, inspire each other and bring our craft to the public,” said Kurt Jacobson, president of the Alaska Artists Guild and member of the Plein Air Painters of Alaska.

Art in the Parks is a family-oriented initiative dedicated to promoting the unique attributes of the state park system by combining conservation and outdoor recreation with artistic expression. Spanning more than three million acres within its 125 park units, the Alaska State Park system provides visitors with a wide variety of year-round recreational opportunities, and historical and cultural experiences. Popular activities include wildlife viewing, hiking, boating, snowmobiling, camping, skiing, fishing, and hunting.

“Alaska’s state park system includes scenery and experiences that can inspire a wide range of creativity,” said Claire LeClair, deputy director of the Division of Parks and Outdoor Recreation.

Art in the Parks 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 are encouraged to participate, including those who create art through drawing, photography, sculpture, music, poetry, jewelry making, and even cooking. 

“This partnership with Alaskan artists working in our state parks, state game refuges, and other public lands is a great way to bring awareness and appreciation to our rich recreational and natural areas,” said Joe Meehan, Refuge Program Coordinator, Alaska Department of Fish and Game.

More than 20 artists will be participating in the Arts in the Parks showcase. Many of the paintings will feature sites and scenes from some of our favorite recreational and wildlife viewing areas.

For more information on the art show 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 him at david.griffin@alaska.gov. The Arctic Rose Gallery is located at 423 W. 5th Ave., Anchorage, Alaska. To reach the shop, call 279-3911 or visit its website at www.arctic-rose-art-center.com.

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