Erin Hanson's Painted Parks Exhibition Sells Out
Celebrating the National Park Service's Centennial
Tuesday, May 31, 2016
"A life-long painter, Hanson combined three decades of
oil painting talent with her strong sense of adventure into a
formidable collection of impressionist paintings."
- Art Daily News -
2016 marks the centennial celebration of the National Park Service, a vital arm of the Federal Government that is charged with not only preserving over 84-million acres of land but keeping them available and accessible for the public's enjoyment. These beautiful lands have provided vital inspiration to artists and adventurers as far back as the history books can see.
The St. George Art Museum, located in southern Utah's gateway to the National Parks, has organized a year-long series of exhibitions honoring the centennial. This series of exhibitions is entitled UNITING AMERICA: 100 Years on Common Ground, and the year kicked off with the January-to-May exhibition, Erin Hanson's Painted Parks.
Painted Parks took over the Mezzanine Gallery of the St. George Art Museum, a structurally striking 1930's building that once functioned as a beet factory.
When Hanson was first contacted by the museum to be a part of the exhibition two years ago, the adventure began. Erin Hanson, a life-long hiker, backpacker and rock climber, began re-exploring the western National Parks, gathering artistic inspiration from parks such as Zion National Park, Cedar Breaks, Monument Valley, Bryce Canyon, Arches, the Oregon Cascades and Joshua Tree, to name a few.
The resulting collection of 38 original oil paintings was at last unveiled on January 16th, 2016. As visitors moved through the large exhibition space, they were transported, moved from an era of cement and metal to a world of sprawling mountain tops, sun-kissed plains and tangerine skies. By the end of the exhibition four months later, the entire collection had sold out. 10% of proceeds from the exhibition are being donated to Zion National Park, only an hour from St. George, Utah.
"Erin's impressionistic landscape paintings have captured the hearts
of many southern Utahns, as well as visitors from across the country
and around the world, who love Zion National Park.
It is only fitting that funds donated from this show and sale will
benefit the park for years to come as they are used to enhance Zion's
many art initiatives, and help continue the legacy of telling the canyon's story throughthe work of great painters."
- Lyman Hafen -
Director, Zion Natural History Association
"The final and one of the most dramatic paintings Hanson completed for the
exhibit is 'Dawn at Bryce.' The view down into the canyon has been exaggerated,
giving it an almost fish-eye distortion accompanied by slight vertigo.
Appropriate for an artist who made the decision to paint professionally
while dangling from a sandstone cliff. "
- Alisha Burton, 15 Bytes -
ERIN HANSON has been painting in oils since she was 8 years old. As a young artist, she worked at a mural studio creating 40-foot-tall paintings on canvas, while selling art commissions on the side. After getting a degree in Bioengineering from UC Berkeley, Erin became a rock climber at Red Rock Canyon, Nevada. Inspired by the colorful scenery she was climbing, she decided to paint one painting every week for the rest of her life. She has stuck to that decision ever since, becoming one of the most prolific artists in history. Erin Hanson's style is known as "Open Impressionism" and is now taught in art schools worldwide. 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.
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