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California Artist Featured in National Park Centennial Exhibit

Impressionist Erin Hanson celebrates 100 years of park preservation at the St. George Art Museum

Monday, December 7, 2015

A rainy day among cottonwoods in Zion National ParkSt. George, Utah: Erin Hanson's Painted Parks collection of landscapes will be displayed in the Main Gallery of the St. George Art Museum from January 16, 2016 through May 28, 2016. Hanson's exhibition kicks off the museum's 2016 NATIONAL PARKS: UNITING AMERICA: 100 Years on Common Ground event. The Erin Hanson Gallery will be donating 10% of any exhibition sales towards the preservation of Zion National Park. The St. George Art Museum is located at 47 East 200 North, St. George, UT 84770. For more information, visit

The St. George Art Museum continues its celebration of the centennial with a year-long exhibit "100 Years on Common Ground," referring to the common ground of our National Parks. Erin Hanson's show will be followed with a 3-part juried all media exhibit open to artists 16 years of age or older. 

The National Parks Service was entrusted with the preservation of America's National Parks in 1916, a century of service. More than 400 parks and locations across the nation share a rich cultural history with over 275 million visitors annually.

"The National Park Service preserves unimpaired the natural and cultural resources and values of the National Park System for the enjoyment, education, and inspiration of this and future generations. The Park Service cooperates with partners to extend the benefits of natural and cultural resource conservation and outdoor recreation throughout this country and the world." (

Hiking through Canyon de Chelly in Arizona

California native Erin Hanson is already well known for her signature wet-on-wet impasto technique, "Open-Impressionism." Hanson's ability to capture the grandeur, beauty and natural grace of America's protected landscapes has led to an increasing popularity among impressionist collectors. An expanded Erin Hanson Gallery opens its doors in Los Angeles, CA on November 14, 2015.

Current paintings featuring National Parks include Arches National Park, Joshua National Park, Zion National Park, Cedar Breaks National Park and Glacier National Park, among others.

Hanson's plein-air style of painting was inspired by masters such as Vincent van Gogh, Claude Monet and Edgar Payne. A life-long painter, she combined her graduate studies of Bioengineering, two decades of artistic talent and her rock climbing skills into a formidable collection of impressionist paintings. "National Parks are a treasure we can't afford to neglect," stated the petite artist. "My park landscapes are more than artistic expressions; they are an invitation to enjoy, protect and preserve these amazing natural resources for future generations."

Stunning red rocks at an entrance to Zion National Park, at Kolob Canyon.

The Erin Hanson Gallery is proud to donate 10% of any proceeds from the sale of Ms. Hanson's exhibited contemporary impressionist paintings towards the preservation of Zion National Park.

The St. George Art Museum, a restored 1930's sugar beet warehouse, is situated in St. George's Historic District. The museum features a number of local events in addition to the year-long National Parks series of events in 2016.

For further information, please contact Amy Hanson. (323) 384-4593 or

Article by Daniel Trevor


ERIN HANSON is a life-long painter, beginning her study of oils as a young child.  Her passion for natural beauty is seen in her work as she transforms vistas familiar and rare into stunning interpretations of bold color, playful rhythms, and raw emotional impact. Her frequent forays into National Parks and other havens of nature include backpacking expeditions, rock climbing, and photo safaris.  Hanson's unique painting style has become known as Open Impressionism, which is now taught in art schools around the world. With thousands of collectors eagerly anticipating her work and millions of followers online, Hanson has become an iconic, driving force in the rebirth of contemporary impressionism, and she is quickly recognized as a prolific, modern master.

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