“Chuckwalla’s Dominion: Clear Creek Trail” by Elizabeth Black

“Chuckwalla’s Dominion: Clear Creek Trail”


48 x 24 in.

The 9th annual Grand Canyon Celebration of Art will feature 25 artists painting plein air at the Grand Canyon September 9-16, 2017, with an exhibit and sale of their work opening at Kolb Studio on the South Rim on September 17. The exhibit and sale will be open daily through January 15, 2018.

This year the event is celebrating the women artists—both historic and contemporary—who have taken on the unique challenges of capturing the splendor and vastness of the Grand Canyon on canvas. Nine of this year’s artists are women.

This is the eighth year Elizabeth Black of Boulder, Colorado, has participated in the Celebration of Art. She first painted in the Canyon in 1975, while working as a river guide. Although the boat flipped and soaked all her watercolor sketches, Black says about half of them were immensely improved! That incident gave her a tiny glimpse of the exciting potential ahead. She has continued to explore the West, by boat and on foot, frequently painting on-site.

Each of the participating artists creates a studio painting for the exhibit, which hang in the exhibit along with the plein air work they paint during the event.

Of her studio painting this year “Chuckwalla’s Dominion: Clear Creek Trail,” Black notes:

“During the Great Depression, thousands of poor unemployed young men joined the Civilian Conservation Corps to support their families. They worked on conservation projects in our parks, and built many Grand Canyon trails and buildings—including the Clear Creek Trail and this lovely stone bench.”

For more information and a schedule of events please visit:

https://www.grandcanyon.org/arts-and-culture/9th-annual-grand-canyon-celebration-art or contact Kathy Duley [email protected] 480.277.0458


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Andrew Webster is the former Editor of Fine Art Today and worked as an editorial and creative marketing assistant for Streamline Publishing. Andrew graduated from The University of North Carolina at Asheville with a B.A. in Art History and Ceramics. He then moved on to the University of Oregon, where he completed an M.A. in Art History. Studying under scholar Kathleen Nicholson, he completed a thesis project that investigated the peculiar practice of embedded self-portraiture within Christian imagery during the 15th and early 16th centuries in Italy.


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