The Grand Canyon Celebration of Art is a fantastic top tier plein air event held each year in September in the national park. There are even artists working in conjunction with the event on the North Rim, with a culmination and truly special opening night Gala in the historic Kolb Brother’s Studio/House at the end of the week. This year I was elected to go to Phantom Ranch with fellow artist and friend, Carl Ortman. In the end Carl had to cancel the trip down but was able to participate in the event on the rim. Rosie Sandifer at a late notice and on a rebuilt knee was able to make the trek down and we had a blast. Mules hired through the Xanterra concessions company, helped carry much of the load of panels and other heavy painting and camping equipment. We were able to hike down with a lightweight easel, a few panels, a lunch, and some water, thus making the trip down productive as well. The entire trip is recounted beautifully in the video above, just over 13 mins (some sexual innuendos and other shenanigans, get over it, or don’t watch).