Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Hundreds Show up for Book Signing and Live demo at Art of the National Parks Exhibit and Sale

"Split Rock Splendor" 8 x 12 watercolor by Roland Lee was painted as a demonstration at Split Rock Gallery "Art of the National Parks" Show and book signing

Art collector Dennis Evans poses with artist Roland Lee during live painting demonstration. Dennis purchased the finished painting. 
Literally hundreds of people showed up for a book signing and art show in celebration of the new book, "Art of the National Parks." Held at the Split Rock Gallery in St. George Utah, the show featured noted artists included in the book including: Kathryn Stats, Roland Lee, Joshua Bean, Ron Rencher, John Cogan, Linda Glover Gooch, Royden Card, Arlene Braithwaite, and others. The artists were inundated by a pressing crowd as they signed books throughout the evening. In addition to original paintings on display the artists painted on location during the day on Saturday, while guests watched, and asked questions. I had a wonderful group of art lovers gather round while I painted a Zion scene of the Sentinal. Dennis and Anna Evans watched eagerly, and returned later to purchase my finished painting called "Split Rock Splendor." Sales during the show benefit the Zion National Park Foundation "Youth Inititiative." All of the available $85 coffee table books were sold out during the book-signing event, but more can still be ordered at www.zionpark.org
Roland Lee signs "Art of the National Parks" books in front of his paintings at the Split Rock Gallery. Sales at the show benefitted the Zion National Park Foundation's Youth Initiative project

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Plein Air Painting at the Red Rocks

My April painting workshop featured a potpourri of my favorite tips and techniques for working in watercolor. The second day we drove up to Pioneer Park above St. George for a morning of painting in the Red Rocks. It started quiet enough but we were soon overrun by excited and enthusiastic hikers and families out enjoying the warm sunny day. No problem, we just kept on painting, and the hikers enjoyed glancing over our shoulders as they passed by.

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

Art of the National Parks Art Show April 25 through May 17 at Split Rock Gallery

This Roland Lee painting of East Temple in Zion National Park appears in the book, "Art of the National Parks" and will be displayed at a book signing event and show April 25 at Split Rock Gallery in St. George UT
Article published in Spectrum newspaper, written by Lyman Hafen, Executive Director of Zion Natural History Association.

The Zion National Park Foundation, in cooperation with Split Rock Gallery in St. George, will host a major art show and sale April 25 through May 17, highlighting the work of artists featured in the new book “Art of the National Parks.” The event is designed to celebrate the role art has played in the creation of national parks, and in particular Zion National Park, and to raise funds for the Youth Education Initiative in Zion.

Jill Burt, director of operations and development for the Zion National Park Foundation, said the event is actually part of a national tour introducing the book that features paintings by some of the country’s finest artist in many of the nation’s most beloved national parks.

“We are very pleased the book includes a magnificent section on Zion National Park,” Burt said. Among the artists featured in the Zion section are Roland Lee, Royden Card, Arlene Briathwaite, Ron Rencher, Kathryn Stats and John Cogan, all of whom will be present at the artists’ reception, sale and book-signing from 6 to 9 p.m. April 25 at Split Rock Gallery in the tower at Ancestor Square.

The work of two other artists, Joshua Been featured in the Rocky Mountain National Park section, and Linda Glover Gooch featured in the Grand Canyon National Park section, will also be part of the show.

Burt said on April 26, the guest artists will be painting in and around Ancestor Square from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

“This will be a great follow-up to the St. George Art Festival held a week earlier,” Burt said. “We’re excited to give the area’s art enthusiasts an opportunity to meet these excellent artists, see them work, and have a chance to buy a piece of their work for their own collections. And the best part is that when you buy something for this show, you are supporting Zion National Park.”

The book itself will also be on sale. The 432-page tome is a compilation of images and text sharing the story of the important role of original art in the creation of America’s first national park and subsequent national parks. In her introduction to the book that includes magnificent reproductions of historic art as well as the work of more than 60 contemporary artists, Jean Stearn quotes William Henry Jackson, who wrote that his photographs and Thomas Moran’s watercolors made during the Hayden Expedition to Yellowstone in the early 1870s “… were the most important exhibits brought before the Congressional Committee. The wonderful coloring of Moran’s sketches,” he wrote, “made all the difference.”

Lyman Hafen, executive director of the Zion National Park Foundation, said the art show and sale at Split Rock Gallery is a continuation of the story of art in the national parks.

“It’s a story that began with those iconic early painters who came out west and created amazing images of these landscapes and took them back to the nation’s population centers to help people truly see what they had the power to protect,” Hafen said. “Today, great artists continue to interpret these majestic landscapes and help us remember that they are still worth protecting. Visitors to this show at Split Rock Gallery will have a unique opportunity to see some of the best contemporary art of the national parks, and to meet the great artists who produced them.”

For information, call the Zion National Park Foundation at 435-772-3264. Or email znha@infowest.com.

Outdoor Sketching Class

Here is a group photo sent to me by Deena Millicam of our March drawing class in St. George. The photo shows our group on the red rocks above St. George where we studied the effects of light and shadow. this was an outstanding group and their sketches were amazing. Thanks Deena!
What could be more fun than being with a group like this sketching outdoors in sunny St. George?