Several free events planned at Sinks Canyon State Park begin tomorrow

    Wyoming Arts Council shares the following:

    The public is invited to attend several free events in conjunction with Plein Air in the Parks September 12-15 at Sinks Canyon State Park.

    Plein Air in the Parks is a collaborative weekend event presented by Wyoming State Parks, the Wyoming Arts Council, and the Lander Art Center. This painting and drawing competition pairs talented artists with beautiful locations, and offers cash prizes to top participants.

    The public is invited to visit Sinks Canyon State Park throughout the event, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Fri., Sept. 13 and Sat. Sept. 14, to watch artists work and ask questions about the plein air process.

    On Thurs., Sept. 12 at 7 p.m. a free public screening of the film, “Bending Sticks: The Sculpture of Patrick Dougherty” will be shown at the Museum of the American West Livery Stable.

    On Fri., Sept. 13, 6-8 p.m., the public is invited to attend a reception at the Lander Art Center. The opening reception celebrates the exhibition, “Art of Home,” featuring artwork by more than 40 Native American artists. The reception will also feature music by the Big Wind Singers and food and drink will be provided. 

    Plein Air in the Parks concludes on Sun., Sept. 15 with an awards ceremony, reception, and art sale from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Sinks Canyon Visitor Center. Artwork created during Plein Air in the Parks will be on view and available for purchase. Visitors can also cast their vote for the People’s Choice Award during the reception.

    Online registration is still open for artists who would like to participate in Plein Air in the Parks at A reduced rate for college students is available for $15.00 and a youth division rate for those under the age of 18 is available for $5.00. Walk up registration through Saturday morning will also be available.

    For full rules and regulations, visit

    For more information, contact Rachel Clifton, Wyoming Arts Council, at 307-256-0500 or [email protected] or Jamie Simonson, Sinks Canyon State Park, at 307-332-6333 or [email protected].


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