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Painting Wildlife ‘En Plein Air’ at the Museum!

A nice painting of a barn.

Do you ever wish Michelangelo had spent a little more time sketching Jackson Hole and painting wildlife? We’re sure he would have, if he hadn’t been busy sculpting giant naked people. 

Luckily, you have a chance to see what it might have been like if Michelangelo hadn’t missed that opportunity. This year, on June 17, the National Museum of Wildlife Art in Jackson Hole will host the 7th Annual Plein Art Fest, where more than 50 artists will be invited to participate. They’ll be given one day to paint paintings en plein air. (That’s French for “outside.”) They’ll be painting wildlife or scenic landscapes from the museum’s Sculpture Trail, which offers amazing views of the elk refuge. (You should check out that view even if you aren’t so artistically inclined. The elk will still be flattered.)

Painting begins at 10 am. After the paintings are painted, collectors can bid on the fresh artwork by silent auction. Bidding begins by 12:30 pm and ends around 2 pm. 

Admission is free. Proceeds from the auction benefit the museum. Food and drinks will be available for purchase by Jackson Hole’s own Palate restaurant. Hear live music by the Pat Chadwick Trio from 10 am to 1 pm.

The National Wildlife Art Museum is home to more than 5,000 artworks, featuring animals from around the globe. You’ll find art by famous artists like Andy Warhol, Georgia O’Keefe, and John James Audubon. The museum chronicles mankind’s age-old effort to capture the beautiful animals we share the planet with, from 2500 BC to the current day. 

Find out more about the museum here. The National Wildlife Art Museum.

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