Several Helena artists will gather at First Peoples Buffalo Jump State Park near Ulm on Saturday, June 5 from 10 AM to 4 PM to capture images of the park in a “paint out” event. The public is invited to observe the artistic process, visit with the artists, and even purchase the artwork following the event.
The “Paint the Parks” series is a cooperative venture between the Art Center of Helena and Montana State Parks. At four state parks this summer, seven to ten artists will begin and complete at least one painting using a method known as “plein air,” a French expression which means “open air.” This is the technique used by artists that paint on location. Artists work quickly as they deal with changing light conditions and other outdoor elements such as wind and dust.
“We believe that Montana State Parks and Montana artists are a natural partnership,” said Chas Van Genderen, State Parks Administrator. “We often have local artists visit parks to create beautiful works. Collaborating with the Art Center of Helena has allowed us to organize these events in a way that will give visitors a chance to watch several artists at work and the artists an opportunity to sell their pieces.”
Artists will be set up at various locations throughout the park and be capturing scenes that may include flora, fauna, landscape, or possibly a historical event which may have occurred at that site. Cindy Rose, president of the Art Center, will be on hand to explain the artistic process to park visitors. Spectators are also invited to visit with individual artists.
Finished paintings will be ready for display and sale at the park visitor center approximately 2 weeks after the paint out.
Other Paint the Parks events will occur at Travelers’ Rest State Park near Lolo on July 24, Lone Pine State Park near Kalispell on August 7, and Missouri Headwaters State Park near Three Forks on September 4. All locations, weather permitting. For more information, visit the FWP Web site at fwp.mt.gov.