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State Parks to host June 2-3 Arts in the Parks celebration at Eklutna Lake


(Anchorage, AK) – Alaska State Parks will host an Arts in the Parks event titled “Easels in the Elements” at Eklutna Lake in Chugach State Park on Saturday and Sunday, June 2-3. Anyone who paint, draws, or simply appreciates the beauty of nature captured in art is encouraged to attend this rain-or-shine, all-ages event. 

Arts in the Parks is a Department of Natural Resources-sponsored program that highlights Alaska’s state parks with special events that include art, family activities, and outdoor recreation. The theme for the Eklutna Lake event is titled “Easels in the Elements”, and the intent is to inspire artists and the public, alike, with the beauty and grandeur of Chugach State Park. A list of planned activities is provided below.

“This family-friendly arts program is a great opportunity to be outdoors in Chugach State Park and participate in fun, creative activities,” said Alaska State Parks Director Ben Ellis.

A number of Alaskan artists are planning to spend the weekend at Eklutna Lake, camping, hiking, and illustrating the beauty of the park through a style of painting known as en plein air, a French term for “in the open air.” 

“Plein air artists thrive on the beauty of nature and creating their pieces outdoors. This is 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.

The Eklutna Lake Day Use Area will be the center of activity and covered areas will be provided in case of inclement weather.  A variety of events are scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, including kids art workshops, group art projects, a guided nature hike, potluck dinner Saturday evening, and an art show on Sunday.

Schedule of activities:

Saturday, June 2 – Day Use Area

·        10 a.m. – Event kickoff

·        11 a.m. – Kids group art project #1

·        1 p.m. – Kids abstract painting

·        2 p.m. – Guided nature hike

·        3 p.m. – Kids group art project #2

·        7 p.m. – Potluck dinner

Sunday, June 3 – Day Use Area

  • 12 p.m. – Art show

For more information on the Arts in the Parks program or the “Easels in the Elements” event, please contact Alaska State Parks Project Coordinator David Griffin at (907) 269-8696 or by email at david.griffin@alaska.gov. Other Arts in the Parks events this summer are planned at Independence Mine State Historical Park in Hatcher Pass, on July 4 -5, and Angel Rocks at Chena River State Recreation Area, on August 25 -26.     

Eklutna Lake is accessed via the Eklutna exit at Mile Post 26.5 of the Glenn Highway. Upon taking the turn-off, follow Eklutna Lake Road all the way to the end (approximately 8 miles).

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