American Legacy: Our National Parks On Location with the Plein-Air Painters of America
Oct 3, 2009 - Jan 10, 2010
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Following the success of the 2007 exhibitionFrom the Heart, the Plein- Air Painters of America return to The Haggin Museum for their 22nd Exhibition & Sale. American Legacy: Our National Parks will open with a gala weekend of events on October 2-4, 2009, and remain on view through January 10, 2010.
The exhibition comprises more than 100 paintings by 36 members and guests of thePlein-Air Painters of America (PAPA), documenting 35 different National Park Service locations stretching from coast to coast and border to border. An additional segment of approximately 15 paintings celebrates the centennial this year of Zion National Park.
What is plein-air?The adjective plein-air refers to the philosophical belief that going into the field and painting on-location, challenging as it may be, is crucial to successfully documenting a visual and emotional point in time and place.
The artists in this exhibition are recognized as some of the finest on-location painters in the country. Each visited a park of choice, documenting locations that give vision to the unique elements that prompted U.S. Presidents and Congresses to “preserve unimpaired the natural and cultural resources and values of the national park system for the enjoyment, education, and inspiration of this and future generations.”
From Wyoming’s Yellowstone, designated a park in 1872 by President Ulysses S. Grant, to the Old Spanish National Historic Trail, designated by President George W. Bush in 2002, American Legacy takes the viewer through 130 years of preservation.
In many ways it is a “field journal” experience of jewel-like colors, dazzling light and subtle nuances. Parks such as Kenai Fjords in Alaska are so vast and remote that Joan M. LaRue found it best to view it from a boat, while Golden Gate National Recreation Area is an urban retreat that Ken Auster has enjoyed many times himself. Breathtaking vistas and intimate locations off the beaten track are captured in both field studies and studio paintings created from experiences in the field.
Additionally, 15 PAPA members spent a week in March 2009 in Zion National Park in southern Utah. Their plein-air paintings create a special focus on the spectacular gorges and intimate creeks and glades that characterize this park whose Hebrew name means a place of refuge or sanctuary.
Kenn Backhaus, Appalachian Trail National Scenic Trail
Betty Billups, Zion National Park
Christopher Blossom, Weir Farm National Historic Site
John Budicin, Yosemite National Park
Scott Burdick, Blue Ridge National Parkway
Denise Burns, Death Valley National Monument
Gil Dellinger, Point Reyes National Seashore
Mary DeLoyht-Arendt, Tonto National Monument
Don Demers, Acadia National Park
Louise DeMore, Grand Teton National Park
Gay Faulkenberry, Ozark National Scenic Riverway
West Fraser*, Cumberland Island National Seashore
Walt Gonske*, Black Canyon of the Gunnison
Quang Ho*, Grand Canyon National Park
Raleigh Kinney, Voyageurs National Park
Frank LaLumia, Canyon de Chelly National Monument
Joan M. LaRue, Kenai Fjords National Park
Jean LeGassick, Great Basin National Park
Kevin Macpherson, Zion National Park
Joseph McGurl*, Boston Harbor Islands
Joseph Mendez, Mojave National Preserve
Ned Mueller, North Cascades National Park
Ralph Oberg, Yellowstone National Park
Jean Perry, Mesa Verde National Park
Ron Rencher, Canyonlands National Park
Ray Roberts, Old Spanish National Historic Trail
Jane Shuss, Salem Maritime National Historic Site
Matt Smith, Saguaro National Monument
Kathryn Stats*, Capitol Reef National Park
Brian Stewart, St. Croix National Scenic Riverway
George Strickland, Organ Pipe Cactus Monument
Linda Tippetts, Glacier National Park
Skip Whitcomb, Rocky Mountain National Park
A full-color, 92-page catalog commemorating the American Legacy exhibition will be available for $20 beginning on Friday, Oct. 2, at the gala opening reception.
Illustrated with the artworks created for the exhibition, each of the 35 National Park locations is featured in a two-page spread, detailing the park's history and the artists' experiences.
Jean Stern, Executive Director of The Irvine Museum, contributed a historical overview.
This well-designed collectible is exclusive to The Haggin Museum Store.
To place an order please call the Museum Store at (209) 940-6318.
The following groups and individuals have made this exhibition and its related events possible. The American Legacy Steering Committee thanks all of them for their generosity.
Dino & Joan Cortopassi
Cortopassi Family Foundation
Collector’s Circle Gold
Bank of Agriculture & Commerce / Dea & Ron Berberian
Bank of Stockton
KVIE Public Television
Robert & Karen Rishwain Family Foundation
Collector’s Circle Silver
Capital Public Radio
Cazale’s Flower Shop
Collector’s Circle Bronze
Bronco Wine Company / Mary Lynne & John Franzia
City of Stockton
Lodi Winegrape Commission
Jim & Annette Murdaca
Barton & Georgia Robertson
A. Sambado & Son / Lawrence & Beverly Samado
Stockton Arts Commission
The Weber Agency / Jennifer Weber
Dr. & Mrs. Joseph A. Barkett
Philip & Anne Berolzheimer
George & Marilyn Brown
Mr. & Mrs. John P. Butorac
Hon. James P. Darrah in memory of Joan Darrah
Collector’s Circle Supporter (cont.)
Don & Carole Ann Ford
Mary Lynne & John Franzia
Bob & Marie Gallo
Rupert & Yvonne Hall
Kautz Ironstone Vineyards / John & Gail Kautz
Robin Knowlton & Stefan Sekula
Miller Hot Dogs
John & Bonnie Phillips
Dr. Kent E. & Mrs. Lana Rogerson
A.G. Spanos Companies
Truex Insurance Agency / George P. Dohrmann
Sachiko & Tom Zuckerman
Collector’s Circle Friends
Larry & Sue de Polo
Cherokee Freight Lines
Barbara & Robert Foy
Timothy & Judith Hachman
Harney Lane Winery
Michael & Joan Heffernan
Anne & Robert Kolber
OG Packing / Al & Del Gotelli
R. C. Investments
John & Patricia Winther
Jerold & Judith Yecies