When people think of a park, recreational activities often come to mind. R Park is that and more. It’s also a place to connect with and appreciate nature. Since the Park’s opening in September 2014, it has drawn artists of all sorts. Photographers, painters (oil, acrylic, charcoal, and chalk), and even musicians have been inspired by R Park’s extraordinary views.
This summer was a first for R Park when the Art Association of Jackson Hole’s Greg Houda hosted two painting camps for elementary schoolers. Houda says,
The young artists became more aware and observant of the surroundings they often overlook in life & art.
Something else happened during the camp when the young, aspiring artists interacted with professional painters. As they trudged around the Park, finding a view of their liking and were taught how to start with a sketch before painting, they stumbled upon a professional painter nearby. A question and answer session naturally began and the exchange was magical.