“Gateway to the Canyon”
Oil on linen panel 24”x 36”
Suzie Baker is one of the 27 artists participating in this year’s Grand Canyon
Celebration of Art. Celebrating the 100 year anniversary of Grand Canyon
National Park, visitors can watch the artists at work, painting plein air along the South Rim of Grand Canyon September 7th through September 14th. The work
will be on exhibit at Kolb Studio September 15th, 2019¬–January 20th, 2020.
Each of the artists also submits a Grand Canyon themed studio painting to be exhibited along with their plein air work. As the subject matter for her studio painting, “Gateway to the Canyon,” Baker chose a scene of rafters launching from Lee’s Ferry for a raft trip on the Colorado River through Grand Canyon. Nearly 20,000 people each year explore the canyon on professionally outfitted river trips in dories and rubberized rafts propelled by oar, motor, and the mighty Colorado River.
Her second year participating in Celebration of Art, Baker has gained national acclaim in recent years, earning prominent awards and a reputation for her versatility as both a plein air landscape artist and a studio painter of still lifes, figurative works, and portraits. She holds Signature Member status in organizations including Oil Painters of America, American Impressionist Society, and Laguna Plein Air Painters Association.
Following in the footsteps of the many artists that have painted the Grand Canyon over the past 160 years, Baker and this year’s other CoA artists will face the challenges that capturing the canyon on canvas presents. Its vastness, depth, ever shifting light and shadows, amazing land forms, varying cloud and weather conditions, and the unique perspective of looking down has frustrated many an artist. These artists will step up to the rim and work their magic to
interpret this amazing place.
On Saturday September 14th from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. Baker and the CoA artists will be participating in a Quick Draw along the South Rim from Verkamp’s to Trailview Overlook, with an auction of the work they created in two hours starting at 11:00 a.m. at Bright Angel Trailhead.
The Celebration of Art exhibit and sale opens at 11:00 a.m. on September 15th, 2019 and will be open daily through January 20th, 2020 at the historic Kolb Studio at the South Rim of Grand Canyon. Admission is free and open to the public.
Please visit https://www.grandcanyon.org/events/celebration-of-art-2019/
or contact Kathy Duley at [email protected] or 480-277-0458 for more information.