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  Wednesday-Thursday- Sept. 14th-15th @ 8am-9am - Plein Air Competition

A Two-Day Plein Air Paint Out Competition 

Congratulations Plein Air Competition Winners!

1st Place

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Overlooking Sleeping Indian - Jason Bailey

2nd Place

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Misty Morning - Victoria Brooks

3rd Place

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Gentle Evening of Inspiration- Matt Montagne

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Rick J. Delanty


Rick J. Delanty is a Californian by birth and in spirit, finding in this state a love for nature and wonder of Creation which he has continued to explore in his colorful and expressive oil and acrylic landscape paintings. Rick is a national award-winning artist in plein air competitions around the West, and in exhibitions across the United States, including the California Art Club’s Gold Medal show. He has practiced his craft professionally over forty years, painting from Big Sur to Niagara Falls, and teaching and demonstrating in a variety of venues. His work is in the permanent collection of two prominent museums, with twenty-seven paintings in one of the largest private collections of California art in the nation. Feature articles concerning his work have appeared in Plein Air and Southwest Art magazines, as well as American Art Collector, and Fine Art Connoisseur. Rick is a Signature member of Laguna Plein Air Painters Assn., The American Impressionist Society, and an Artist member of the California Art Club, among others. He is represented by two of the nation’s top galleries, Mission Fine Art in Utah. Rick is the author of “Beauty Unites Us,” an exploration of creativity and beauty in our world, including 50 essays and accompanying paintings. More of his work may be found on his website at


Thursday, Sept. 15th @ 1:00pm- Tour of the National Museum of Wildlife Art
Docent led tour of the National Museum of Wildlife Art, 2820 Runguis Rd., Jackson, WY

Thursday, Sept. 15th @ 6pm- Meet & Greet Dinner
Bubba's BBQ - 100 Flat Creek Dr. Jackson, WY

Friday, Sept. 16th @ 8:30-9:30am- Plein Air Judging
Plein air painting drop off and judging at the gallery.  

Friday, Sept. 16th @ 9-11:30am- Critique Sessions & Gallery Walk About
Critique sessions with NOAPS Board members (sign up only) and gallery walk about with Hebe Brooks and Pat Tribastone. 

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Friday, Sept. 16th @ 12:30pm- Lunch & Award Presentation
Lunch and Award presentations at the gallery

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Friday, Sept. 16th @ 5-7pm- Opening reception
Opening reception at the gallery

Saturday, Sept. 17th @ 9-11:30am- Demonstration
Location: Wilcox Gallery
Trent Gudmundsen


"Through my journey as an artist I have found that a painting is more than the subject itself; it is also more than the paint itself; it is a balance between the two, like letting both the dancers and the music create a ballet.  The paint takes the stage here and the figure there, all in turn, creating an exchange that only a painting can, and it is marvelous. Each painting has its own personality and it is exciting to watch it unfold. Many times the painting has its own ideas and I simply have to step out of the way and let it dictate, questioning nothing." -Trent

Trent's work has now been recognized with top awards on a national level including at the American Impressionist Society National Exhibition (NY, NY. 2019), two Oil Painters of America National Exhibitions (2003 & 2009), and the National Oil & Acrylic Painters Society's "Best of America" Exhibit (2019).


Inspired largely by European and Soviet impressionists and realists, Gudmundsen's paintings are traditional in theme, but painted in what amounts to be a very contemporary approach, often simplifying parts of the painting down to just graphic blocks of color, and other times by subduing and "de-constructing" the edges of figures until they almost meld with the background. Unlike some contemporary works that seek to temporarily 'wow' the viewer with garish colors and gimmicky methods, Gudmundsen's work seeks to be both accurate and subdued while also tantalizing the viewer with a reserved amount of implied texture and thick brushwork, a combination that yields works of art that become more and more visually gratifying the more they're viewed and lived with.

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