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State Parks to host unique art show in Anchorage on Jan. 27

Artist Jim Leach participating in the Alaska State Parks sponsored Art in the Parks event “Camp, Canoe, and Create” in Denali State Park – August 2011

Artist Jim Leach participating in the Alaska State Parks sponsored Art in the Parks event “Camp, Canoe, and Create” in Denali State Park – August 2011

PHOTO: Courtesy of Alaska State Parks

(Anchorage, AK) - 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 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday, January 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.”

“Artists from all over the state came to join the creativity and camaraderie of the artists and State Park employees.  Some incredible art was created in Denali State Park,” said Kurt Jacobson, President of the Alaska Artists Guild. 

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. Stay tuned for dates and other event details.

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. 

 “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.  “The Art in the Parks program welcomes artists of all ages into the parks and we hope it will inspire other park visitors to tap their own creative energy.”

Spanning more than three million acres, the 125 units of the Alaska State Park system provide visitors with a wide variety of year-round recreational opportunities as well as historical and cultural experiences.  Popular activities include wildlife viewing, hiking, boating, snowmobiling, camping, skiing, fishing, and hunting.   

For more information on the upcoming art show at Blaine’s Art Supply, 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 Avenue, Anchorage, Alaska (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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