Hansen museum displays national parks

Special to The Hays Daily News

LOGAN -- The Dane G. Hansen Memorial Museum has on display "American Legacy: Our National Parks" through June 16. In the exhibit, 38 members and guests of the Plein-Air Painters of America set up their easels in national sites across the country.

The artists are among the country's most respected plein-air painters. The adjective plein-air refers to the philosophical belief that creating art on-location, challenging as it might be, is crucial to successfully documenting a visual and emotional point in time and place.

Each artist selected a favorite park to document. The more than 50 paintings depict sites from coast to coast, border to border and from the earliest park designation to one of the most recent. The exhibition is a "field journal" experience that draws viewers into seasonal and daily experiences of color and light rendered in pigment on paper or canvas. In some instances, the field studies were used to create larger, studio paintings.

Artist of the month for June is Michelle Lytle of McCook, Neb. She has an exquisite display of ink drawings on bone and feathers.

Museum hours are 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday and 1 to 5 p.m. Sundays and holidays. There is no admission fee.

For more information, call (785) 689-4846 or visit www.hansenmuseum.org.