Summer Art in the Tetons
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- Jul 02, 2020
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Summer is the perfect time to enjoy the region’s beauty through art, including “plein air” painting, which is a popular way to capture the local scenery by bringing an easel and canvas outdoors to depict the natural world. The region also comes alive with plenty of other art-oriented opportunities during this time of year, so be sure to take full advantage of the season with these fun festivals and events. Festivals and events may look a little bit different this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, so please check event details before making plans.
Driggs Plein Air Festival
Every summer, the Downtown Driggs Association hosts the Driggs Plein Air Festival which is a celebration of the outdoor art form. Typically, artists find scenic spots all over Teton Valley and post up at their easels to depict the natural world as they see it. Artists from all over come for the event itself and a variety of pre-event workshops.
This year’s festival is a little different due to the COVID-19 pandemic. From June 29-July 10, artists will paint, either in the Teton region or near their home if they live elsewhere, and then judging will occur on July 31. The online art sale will be held July 27-September 12, 2020.
Plein Air in the Parks
The Idaho Art Lab in St. Anthony runs Plein Air in the Parks each year, which brings artists out into several regional parks, including Yellowstone National Park and Harriman State Park, to capture the scenery on their easels. Participants will learn from experienced instructors as they share lodging and meals at these multi-day workshops. Be sure to check the website for 2020 dates and details.
Idaho Falls Sidewalk Art Festival
Roaring Youth Jam, Idaho Falls
“Out of this World” is the theme for the 2020 Roaring Youth Jam, set to take place in Idaho Falls August 6-8, 2020. The kids' art festival runs along the Riverwalk in Idaho Falls and includes numerous opportunities for young artists to learn about art and make their own, with art booths, performances, and more.
Teton Storytelling and Arts Festival, Rexburg
This year, the Teton Storytelling and Arts Festival has been canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but organizers are encouraging people to purchase music and art from the scheduled participants to support the artists. Keep an eye on the event’s website and Facebook page for future dates and details. This event celebrates stories and music, drawing performers from all around to share their tales at the Romance Theater as Center Street turns into a pedestrian alley for vendors and food trucks.
Idaho International Dance Festival, Rexburg
This year, the Idaho International Dance Festival is canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but keep an eye out for 2021 dates. Hundreds of dancers typically come from around the world for the festival—which has been taking place for over 30 years—and many are hosted by community members for an immersive experience. Gala performances, cultural dance workshops, an international dance party, and an international street food and dance fair are just a few things to look forward to during the festival.