Coming to Lightner Museum, St. Augustine, Florida

The Saint Johns Cultural Council is excited to announce an upcoming art exhibition entitled America’s Parks I Encore Exhibition, which portrays the wondrous beauty of America’s diverse landscapes. The exhibit will be held at the Lightner Museum from June 10 to August 31, 2016. It is the third stop on the exhibition’s national tour.
To coincide with the summer exhibition, the Cultural Council is also encouraging artists to participate in a plein air, or outdoor painting event, to be held during National Parks Week from April 16 – 24 to showcase Saint Augustine’s own particular natural beauty and historical splendor. The juried submissions will then feature as a companion exhibition to America’s Parks and will highlight our own local treasures including the Castillo, Fort Matanzas, and Fort Mose, among many others.
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Early Morning Light by Jeanne Rosier Smith, Sudbury, MA

Admission to this exhibit is free and visitors are welcome to enter through the Café Alcazar on the south side of the museum. Guests of the Lightner Museum will also be able to enter through the second floor stairs.
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Full Moon Rising by Mary Garrish, Merritt Island, FL

The Lightner Museum is a non-profit cultural institution sustained by the generous support of individuals, businesses and sponsors. The St. Johns Cultural Council is a 501(C)(3) not-for-profit agency committed to promoting St. Johns County as a premiere arts destination where the lives of both residents and visitors are enriched through arts and culture.
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Full Moon over the Fort by Mary Garrish, Merritt Island, FL

In addition to having her works displayed, Florida plein-air artist Mary Garrish, whose work is featured in America’s Parks, will also be at the opening of the exhibition during June 8 – 10. Other America’s Parks artists are also invited and encouraged to attend.
Artworks in this exhibition are drawn principally from artists who participated in the first edition of America’s Parks, though some were added because they were award-winners in the second America’s Parks exhibition. Wikipedia, the free, on-line encyclopedia, defines a park as “. . . an area of natural, semi-natural, or planted space set aside for human enjoyment and recreation or for the protection of wildlife or natural habitats.”  Artworks included in this encore exhibition depict scenes from all kinds of parks (national, state, county, city) by these exhibiting artists:
Carel P. Brest van Kempen (Holladay, UT) 
Anni Crouter (Flint, MI)
Mary Garrish (Merritt Island, FL)
Shawn Gould (Eureka, CA)
Karen Hanken (Jacksonville, OR)
Tom Helfin (Rockford, IL)
Mary Helsaple (Sedona, AZ)
Bailey Hill (St. Helens, OR)
Evelyn McCorristin Peters (Myakka City, FL)
Rhonda Nass (Prairie du Sac, WI)
Jennifer Oakley-DeLaPlante (Cedar, MI)
Anne Peyton (Phoenix, AZ)
Cheryl Price (El Prado, NM)
Jeanne Rosier Smith (Sudbury, MA)
Aaron Schuerr (Livingston, MT)
Mark Susinno (Harrisburg, PA)
Carol Swinney (Casper, WY)
Fred Thomas (Shoreline, WA)
Ezra Tucker (Monument, CO)
Alexandra Tyng (Narberth, PA)
Ronnie W. Williford (Bertram, TX)
James Wisnowski (Los Angeles, CA)
Suze Woolf (Seattle, WA)
Works in this exhibition by these artists represent parks in Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Idaho, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Montana, Nevada, New Jersey, North Dakota, Oregon, Sonora (Mexico), Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Washington, Wisconsin, Wyoming. The parks represented are: Acadia National Park, Agua Caliente County Park, Antelope Island State Park, Buffalo National River, Canaveral National Seashore, Cape Cod National Seashore, Catalina State Park, Cherokee National Forest, Crater Lake National Park / Lithia Park, Dry Tortugas National Park, Estero Soladado Estuary, San Carlos, Everglades National Park, Festge County Park, Frenchtown Pond State Park, Glacier National Park, Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, Grand Canyon National Park, Grand Teton National Park, Great Basin National Park, Griffith Park, Klamath National Forest, Lowry Park Zoo, Mitchell Park Horticultural Conservatory, Mustang Island State Park, North Cascades National Park, Olbrich Botanical Gardens, Palo Duro Canyon State Park, Papago Park, Point Betsie Light Station, Rocky Mountain National Park, Sabino Canyon Recreation Area, Saguaro National Park, San Antonio Missions National Historical Park, San Simeon Beach State Park, Silver Creek Preserve, Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, Theodore Roosevelt National Park, Trinidad State Beach, Valley of Fire State Park, Van Saun County Park/Bergan County Zoological Park, Weir Farm National Historic Site, Yellowstone National Park, and Zion National Park.
The history of park art in America is broad and deep, going all the way back to 1871 and the campaign to rescue Yellowstone by transforming it into the nation’s first National Park.  In 1871, Ferdinand V. Hayden, director of the Geological and Geographical Survey of the Territories, led an expedition to Wyoming to explore the then-unexplored Yellowstone region. Accompanying Hayden were landscape painter Thomas Moran and photographer William Henry Jackson. After the expedition, Moran’s watercolors and Jackson’s photographs were used to lobby Congress to pass a bill to protect and preserve Yellowstone as “a public park or pleasuring ground.”  President Ulysses S. Grant signed the bill creating the nation’s first National Park on March 1, 1872.  This exhibition is produced by David J. Wagner, L.L.C., and curated by David J. Wagner, Ph.D., who proposed and managed the first tour of the exhibition ARTS FOR THE PARKS many years ago, served as a Juror for that exhibit, and as a member of the Advisory Board of the National Park Art Academy.  AMERICA’S PARKS is an entirely new initiative produced by David J. Wagner, L.L.C.


(Subject to change. Check with venues for days and hours of display.)

December 4, 2015 – January 31, 2016
Dane G. Hansen Memorial Museum
110 West Main
Logan, KS

March 14 – May 14, 2016
Mari Sandoz High Plain Heritage Center
Chadron State College
1000 Main Street
Chadron, NE

June 10 – August 31, 2016
The Lightner Museum
75 King Street
St. Augustine, FL

September 16 – October 30, 2016
George A. Spiva Center for the Arts
222 W. 3rd Street
Joplin, MO

For further info, contact:
Andrew Witt, Executive Director
St. Johns Cultural Council

David J. Wagner, Ph.D., Curator/Tour Director
(414) 221-6878; [email protected];
Member, American Alliance of Museums; International Council of Museums