Paint Outside This Saturday At Tonto Natural Bridge


A "paint out" event will be held at Tonto Natural Bridge State Park on Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon. Artists are called to complete a work during the event and submit the piece for judging by their fellow plein air artists. At noon, the artists will gather to judge their peers' work.

Finalist paintings from the event will be shown in the gallery at Boyce Thompson Arboretum on Jan. 5 to 27, 2008. There will be an opening reception from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Jan. 5, 2008 at Boyce Thompson Arboretum. Each winner will also receive two tickets to Kartchner Caverns State Park. For more information about the "paint out" on July 14, call Tonto Natural Bridge State Park at (928) 476-4202.

Arizona State Parks and the Tucson Plein Air Painters Society Inc. are presenting the Plein Air Artist events in celebration of Arizona State Parks' 50th Anniversary. There will one other event held this year: Aug. 4 at Riordan Mansion State Historic Park. More events (to be announced) will be held in the 2007-2008 season.

This event is part of Arizona State Parks 50th Anniversary celebration held from October 2006 through December 2007. Special events will be held at each park such as a traditional mariachi festival, plein air shows, an apple festival, geocaching, solar energy celebrations and astronomy galas. Hiking, fishing, boating and mountain biking await those individuals with an adventurous attitude. Come uncover the many secret places and stories that are still to be found in Arizona's state parks.

The Arizona State Parks Board was established in 1957 to acquire and manage park and cultural areas. Over the years, legislation has added other programs to Arizona state parks and as a result, the volunteer board is responsible for a much broader spectrum of duties. These duties are related to historic preservation, archaeology, outdoor recreation, resource conservation/education and grant administration.

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