National Museum of Wildlife Art Announces Jackson Hole Summer Plein Air Festival on Sculpture Trail

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The National Museum of Wildlife Art in Jackson Hole, Wyo., will host its Plein Air Festival June 22, 2013. The fun family event includes a “Quick Draw” featuring more than 40 artists creating artworks on the museum’s sculpture trail overlooking the National Elk Refuge.

An artist creates during the June festival on the National Museum of Wildlife Art ‘s sculpture trail.

“It’s exciting for spectators to watch the artists race to complete their masterpieces.”

More than 40 artists will create in the open air at the National Museum of Wildlife Art Plein Air Festival on June 22 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. in Jackson Hole, Wyo., announced the museum. Admission is free for the second annual festival, which is open to the public and takes place on the museum’s sculpture trail overlooking the National Elk Refuge 2.5 miles north of the town of Jackson, Wyoming.

“It’s exciting for spectators to watch the artists race to complete their masterpieces in just four hours in the ‘quick draw’ portion of the event,” says Ponteir Sackrey, director of development and marketing for the museum, “and the lovely mountain and valley views from our sculpture trail provide inspiration.”

Many artists from Jackson Hole’s vibrant arts community will take part, although artists are currently registered from nine different states. Participants include some familiar names to museum visitors, including Mary Roberson, 2010 Featured Painter for the museum’s annual September Western Visions event and Dwayne Harty, whose art appeared in the “Yellowstone to Yukon: the Journey of Wildlife and Art” exhibition mounted by the National Museum of Wildlife Art in collaboration with the Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies and the Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative.

In addition to seeing the artists at work – with an opportunity to purchase the freshly created pieces via silent bid – visitors to the fun-for-families Jackson, Wyoming, event can enjoy live Cajun music by local band Jackson 6, outdoor games and activities for kids, and a Jambalaya Cook-off among top Jackson Hole chefs. The museum’s Rising Sage Café also will offer delicious eats for sale.

No admission will be charged for the Plein Air Festival, which is open to the public. Tickets for the Jambalaya Cook-off are $10 for 10 tastes or $25 for unlimited sampling, and include the opportunity to participate in the People’s Choice Award voting for the best Jackson Hole version of the classic New Orleans soul food dish. For a full list of participating artists and a chance to view their artwork online in advance, visit the Plein Air Festival page on the museum’s website.

The National Museum of Wildlife Art’s Plein Air Festival is generously sponsored by Barbara Carlsberg, Carole & Bob Hummel, Spatz Family, "Plein Air Magazine" and Teton Capital Advisers.

Designed by renowned landscape architect Walter Hood and completed in 2012, the museum’s three-quarter-mile-long sculpture trail winds up and down hills and around the museum grounds with a panoramic view of the National Elk Refuge and surrounding mountains. Sculptures specially commissioned for the trail, as well temporary exhibitions, are on display year-round. In addition to the Plein Air Festival, the sculpture trail serves as a venue for a number of events for Jackson Hole visitors and the community, including summer Yoga on the Trail classes and the August 10 “Running Wild, Dick Jennings Memorial Run.”

Company Information: A member of the Association of Art Museum Directors and the Museums West consortium and accredited by the American Association of Museums, the museum, officially designated the National Museum of Wildlife Art of the United States by an act of Congress in 2008, provides an exciting calendar of exhibitions from its permanent collection and changing exhibitions from around the globe. A complete schedule of exhibitions and events is available online at The museum is also active on Facebook and on Twitter at @WildlifeArtJH.

Media Contacts: Darla Worden, WordenGroup Strategic Public Relations, 307.734.5335, darla(at)wordenpr(dot)com; Ponteir Sackrey, National Museum of Wildlife Art, 307.732.5444, psackrey(at)wildlifeart(dot)org.

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