Susan J. Klein
July 1969
36 x 24 in.
acrylic on canvas

Grand Canyon Celebration of Art is celebrating the 100-year anniversary of Grand Canyon National Park. The artists participated in Plein Air at Grand Canyon September 7–14, facing the ever shifting light, the sheer vastness of the canyon and, this year, windy conditions. The work they created, along with their studio work, is on exhibit and offered for sale at historic Kolb Studio at the South Rim of Grand Canyon until January 20, 2020.

Susan J. Klein, one of the 23 plein air artists participating this year, celebrated in her studio painting, “July 1989”, a number of anniversaries as well — 50 years since she did the plein air sketch at Cape Royal on the canyon’s North Rim that
evolved into the painting, 50 years since our country’s landing on the moon, and 50 years since the birth of her daughter. Klein says of her painting:

“Choosing to use artistic license, day became night, and a full moon revealed the era-old monuments and that stalwart pinion. This magical painting, then, collapses the barriers of time in a timeless place.”

Klein has been painting and exhibiting for over forty years, first in her native Ohio and since 1990, in Sarasota, Florida. She has extensively traveled and painted in Europe and the American Southwest. Along with National Park artists-in-residencies and work exhibited at embassies in both Rome (2001–2004) and Sofia, Bulgaria (2008–2010) as part of the United States Department of State Art-in-Embassies programs, this is the fourth time she has participated in the Celebration of Art. Her unique style and vibrant palette capture the canyon on canvas in a distinctive way.

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