AWARD WINNERS OF THE 2016 YOSEMITE RENAISSANCE 31 COMPETITION
The Yosemite Renaissance, was founded in 1985 to "motivate artists to develop diverse interpretations of Yosemite and its varied landscapes." Artists from around the country have been showcased in Yosemite Renaissance's annual traveling exhibit.
Welcome to Yosemite Renaissance
For over three decades, Yosemite Renaissance has encouraged and promoted diverse artistic expressions of Yosemite National Park and the surrounding area.
Started in 1984 by a small group of visionaries, Yosemite Renaissance was set up to continue the legacy of the great, influential artists of the past - including Thomas A. Ayers, Albert Bierstadt, William Keith, Thomas Hill and Ansel Adams, to name just a few. Yosemite National Park was their inspiration. They captured the hearts and imaginations of a nation, and their art encouraged visitors, generated support and aided in the preservation of the park.
It is as important now as it was more than 160 years ago to continue this legacy; to encourage a new generation of artists and photographers to “dig a little deeper” to discover and express the awesome grandeur and the subtle nuances that is a part of the Yosemite experience.
“If I could say it in words there would be no reason to paint.” - Edward Hopper
Art brings people together from all nations and cultures. It engages in a universal language. We have an innate need to express ourselves and share our experience. We are visual and tactile beings and through art we are able to connect with others. It can spark a thought or emotion. It can jog a memory. It enables us to slow down, become aware and be in the moment.
“The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance. “ - Aristotle
The audience is as important as the art. While the artist may express a personal emotion through their art, the viewer creates their own experience with it. In this way art becomes interactive and a dynamic and intimate synergy is created. Whether serious or whimsical, art can recreate an emotional response that reflects and reminds us of the experience we had when visiting Yosemite and the surrounding areas.
Imagination and creativity are the pathway to the future. Come join us on the journey.
Director, Yosemite Renaissance
”A world without Art is a world where progress has stopped.” carts.org (A New York City based, cultural education program.)
90 Years, 90 Objects, 90 Stories
The Yosemite Museum opened its doors to the public 90 years ago, becoming the first such building and institution in the National Park Service. To commemorate the anniversary, the museum will host a special exhibit this summer and fall: Why Yosemite Collects: 90 Years, 90 Objects, 90 Stories. The exhibit features a display of the wide variety of artifacts, documents and specimens that the museum preserves. The exhibit will be up from Tuesday, May 31 through Thursday, November 1, 2016.
We had an opportunity to walk through the exhibit last week. It’s a fascinating and informative exhibit, and fun for all ages. Here are few photos to give you an idea of the interesting artifacts you’ll find.
If you’re planning to visit Yosemite Valley this summer or in the fall, don’t miss this special exhibit. Museum Hours: 9 am to 5 pm; beginning October 1, 10 am - Noon, 1 pm to 4 pm.
Link to Yosemite National Park website: https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/historyculture/museum-exhibit.htm