Sunny Day at the Beach
40 x 40 in.

The 12th annual Grand Canyon Celebration of Art will recognize the achievements of 23 artists who have successfully interpreted the canyon, both in plein air and studio work.

Cody DeLong, when he is not off plein air painting or participating in plein air events, has a studio and gallery located in Jerome, Arizona. This will be his 12th year participating in Celebration of Art, being awarded Best of Show in 2010 and then Artists’ Choice Award in 2015. DeLong has taken numerous raft trips on the Colorado River through Grand Canyon, often with a group of fellow artists.

All of the participating Celebration of Art artists submit a Grand Canyon themed studio painting prior to the event. Of this year’s studio painting, Sunny Day at the Beach, DeLong says:

“This view is looking downriver from one of my many rafting trips. Last year we had gorgeous clear emerald water. I love the color vibrations in this piece as well as the textural qualities. There is a dynamic tension between the transitions of the water reflections, and the limestone walls. There is also movement in the water gently lapping along the beach. It’s a classic sunny day at the beach and it makes me happy every time I look at it.”

During Plein Air at Grand Canyon from September 12th through September 19th, visitors can watch the artists at work, painting along the South Rim of Grand Canyon. Beginning September 20th, 2020, and open daily through January 18th, 2021 their work will be exhibited and available for purchase at the historic Kolb Studio at the South Rim of Grand Canyon. Admission is free and open to the public. The work can also be viewed at the website below.

For more information visit or contact Kathy Duley at [email protected] or 480-277-0458 for more information.