YOSEMITE — Yosemite Renaissance is an annual exhibit presenting diverse artistic interpretations of Yosemite and the Sierra Nevada. This year, 65 works by 61 artists were selected from 846 entries. The exhibit includes paintings, sculpture, textiles, photographs and three-dimensional works by artists from across the country.
The public is invited to join the artists and others for an special reception and presentation of awards on Friday, Feb. 24, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
The exhibit will be on display from Saturday, Feb. 25 through Sunday, April 30, at 10 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m. daily, at the Yosemite Museum in Yosemite National Park.
The flagship art exhibit opens at the Yosemite Museum and then travels to other locations. Current partners are the Kings County Art Museum in Hanford, and the Carnegie Center in Turlock. Yosemite Renaissance also manages the artist in residence program in Yosemite National Park.
Yosemite Renaissance was founded in 1985 to encourage artists to share new interpretations of the region, explore environmental issues, and celebrate nature through art.
By creating a continuum of artworks inspired by the region from historical times to the present, the organization says its members seek to inspire new generation to understand, preserve and protect wild lands and natural places.
Jonathan W. Bock is the new executive director for Yosemite Renaissance, bringing more than 30 years experience as an artist, art director, gallery curator and business owner to the project.
Jon has managed Sierra Art Trails for 15 years, growing the organization’s flagship event, the annual “Sierra Art Trails Yosemite Foothills Open Studio Tour” into the largest art event in the region. His galleries, Williams Gallery West and Stellar Gallery, represent many regional artists and artisans, as well as artists from outside the area.
The Yosemite National Park Museum is located in Yosemite Valley,near the Visitor Center, and was the first building constructed as a museum in the entire national park system.
Yosemite Renaissance is part of a 501(c)(3) non-profit benefit corporation, currently supported in part by funds and services from the Mariposa County Board of Supervisors, the Ansel Adams Gallery, and the National Park Service.
“Yosemite Renaissance brings together artists who are inspired by Yosemite National Park and the Sierra Nevada wilderness. Visual artists, writers and musicians have been inspired by the area for centuries. We want to encourage contemporary artists to share new interpretations of the region, explore the issues we face, and celebrate our environment through art. We seek to excite a new generation of people who will develop an appreciation for preserving and protecting the park.
“Yosemite Renaissance is an exciting, evolving art organization that encourages artistic and creative individuals. We not only exhibit art but help artists promote themselves to a larger audience who share our concern for the environment, natural wonders and the preservation of our national parks. The Yosemite Renaissance website is the only place that assists artists and art lovers in making their experience to Yosemite an expansion of their creative awareness while providing practical and useful information to make their travel more enjoyable. Quarterly updates offer information targeted to artists and photographers to make the most of their time in that particular time of year. Yosemite Renaissance offers links to accommodations, restaurants and activities to enhance their experience in the park and Mariposa County.”