Feeling Creative? Celebrate Art in Yosemite!

Feeling Creative? Celebrate Art in Yosemite!

A Yosemite Art Center participant enjoys a plein air painting session on the banks of the Merced River in Yosemite Valley. Credit: Yosemite Conservancy

With cold temperatures and snow flurries around the corner, we're getting ready to close up shop for the winter at the Yosemite Art Center ... but first, we're celebrating another successful year.

Join us on Thursday, November 10 for an evening reception (5 pm - 7 pm) to check out art from the park (and from park employees) and take advantage of our end-of-season sale (30% discount on all art supplies, Oct. 30-Nov. 10). 

Want to get creative before the Nov. 10 reception? Great news! We have a number of art-related activities and events lined up over the next few weeks.

Watercolor painting by Yosemite Art Center instructor Frank Eber.Autumn Art Workshops

Open to: Anyone!

Key dates: Workshops offered Oct. 10-29, Monday through Saturday, 9:45 am to 2 pm.

If you're in the park this month, don't miss your chance to learn from one of our expert guest artists. This week (Oct. 10-15), June Rubin is leading  Yosemite collage workshops; next week (Oct. 17-22), John Hewitt shares his plein air painting expertise; and during the last week of the month (Oct. 24-29), Frank Eber will close out our season by teaching visitors how to capture atmospheric landscapes using watercolor. 

Yosemite Art Contest: Art from the Park

Open to: Anyone!

Key dates: Submissions due in digital format by Oct. 28; winner announced on Nov. 10.

Do you love Yosemite? Whether you're a pro painter or an amateur doodler, we invite you to participate in our second annual Art from the Park contest! We're looking for submissions of original artwork, in any medium, that represent Yosemite. The winning artist, chosen by a review committee, will

  • receive a grand prize of $300, and
  • be offered a contract for the right to use a reproduction of the winning artwork on new Conservancy retail items, with the goal of creating something fresh, beautiful and meaningful for park visitors. Proceeds from our apparel, books and other products support important work in Yosemite.

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES: To submit your original artwork for our Art from the Park contest, email a high-resolution image (300+ DPI) of the piece to cmay@yosemiteconservancy.org by Friday, Oct. 28. In your email, please include the dimensions and medium of the artwork, your contact information, and the asking price of original art. All judging will be done from digital image files. The winner will be announced at the Art Center Reception on Thursday, Nov. 10 at 5:00 pm.

Employe Art Show: From Our Point of View

Open to: Park and park partner employees

Key dates: Submissions due to Yosemite Art Center by Oct. 30; show runs through Nov. 10

Calling all artistically inclined  Yosemite employees! From Our Point of View is an annual art show featuring the work of talented individuals who work, live and play in the park. We're looking for original pieces created by Yosemite National Park and park partner employees. Artwork will be showcased at the Yosemite Art Center from Oct. 30 through Nov. 10. 

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES: To submit your original artwork for the From Our Point of View art show, deliver your piece(s) to the Yosemite Art Center by Sunday, Oct. 30. Please attach your contact information to your artwork. All pieces must be dropped off ready to hang or display, and must be picked up from the Art Center on or before Thursday, Nov. 10.

2015 Art from the Park winning piece, by Carolyn Hartling.


To recap: 


1. Stop by the Art Center for one of our final workshops of the season.

2. Submit your artwork for the Art from the Park contest or the From Our Point of View art show.

3. Shop our end-of-season sale to get 30% off all art products.

4. Join us for a reception at the Art Center at 5 pm on Thursday, Nov. 10 to see original Yosemite artwork and celebrate creativity in a beautiful setting.


See you in the park!




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