Utah artist creates works to celebrate National Park’s centennial

America’s National Parks Service turns 100; teams up with Dowdle Folk Art to celebrate
(PR NewsChannel) / June 17, 2016 / SALT LAKE CITY 

Dowdle Folk ArtThe National Parks Service (NPS) turns 100 this year and expects more than 300 million visitors to join the party.  According to Derrick Crandall, President of the National Parks Promotion Council, “A staggering 307 million recreational visitors came to the national parks in 2015.  Even more are expected in 2016 during this centennial year.”

Joining the celebration, renowned Utah artist Eric Dowdle teamed up with the NPS to create 22 new paintings of America’s favorite National Parks.  Dowdle, host of the TV and Radio programs Painting The Town and Travelling with Eric Dowdle, painted each park then crafted the images into fine art prints, puzzles, and coloring books.

But Dowdle wasn’t content with 22 individual paintings.  “A celebration this big needs a painting to match,” he said.  So to help promote the Centennial, Eric created a giant 10 by 18-foot mural, a composite painting capturing the combined beauty of these natural wonders.

“The mural will debut in New Orleans at IPW, the premier international marketplace and largest generator of travel to the U.S.,” Crandall said.  “Dowdle’s art will be the featured icon of the National Parks Promotion Council, introducing both Dowdle and the Parks to travel professionals from around the globe,” he continued.

During the trade show Eric will live paint VIP guests into the mural, including Sally Jewell, the current U.S. Secretary of the Interior.

Visiting 22 parks in just 22 days, Eric and his team captured their adventures within each park and created 22 short documentary videos.  All feature Eric’s comedic personality with fun historical facts in a 5-minute video.  One park video is being released each week across social media throughout the summer and fall.  Fans can view these highly entertaining, yet informative videos on Facebook, YouTube, and at DowdleFolkArt.com.

For more information about Eric Dowdle and Dowdle Folk Art, please contact:

David L. Leavitt
Dowdle Folk Art
1280 West 200 South
Lindon, UT 84042
Office:   801-785-1123
Mobile: 801-688-6500

For more information about the National Parks, please contact:

Derrick A. Crandall
National Parks Promotion Council
1200 G Street, N.W. Suite 650
Washington, D.C. 20005
Office: 202-682-9530
Email:  www.funoutdoors.com

 The National Parks painted by Dowdle include:

  • Acadia National Park
  • Arches National Park
  • Boston Historical National Park
  • Bryce Canyon National Park
  • Colonial National Historical Park
    • Jamestown
    • Yorktown
    • Williamsburg
  • Crater Lake National Park
  • Gettysburg National Military Park
  • Glacier National Park
  • Grand Canyon National Park
  • Grand Teton National Park
  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park
  • Independence Hall National Historical Park
  • Mesa Verde National Park
  • Mount Rainier National Park
  • Mount Rushmore National Memorial
  • Olympic National Park
  • Redwood National Park
  • Rocky Mountain National Park
  • Sequoia National Park
  • Yellowstone National Park
  • Yosemite National Park
  • Zion National Park


About the Artist Eric Dowdle:  Eric Dowdle’s love for people and places is expressed in his signature style of storytelling through his paintings.  He not only paints some of the world’s most recognizable locations, but also adds his unique perspective and intimately detailed depictions with a rare ability to capture the true essence of a place.  That’s why people love his artwork, making it highly collectable all over the world.  Every painting brings to life the cities, towns, stadiums, landmarks, festivals, and people that represent the amazing world around us. (See www.DowdleFolkArt.com)

INTERVIEW NOTE:  Eric Dowdle is available for TV, Radio, and other interviews.  He is a great, easy guest—experienced in media and at ease on camera. His quick wit, natural humor, and charm are engaging for viewers and listeners alike.  Hosts and audiences rate his segments among their favorites.  Contact us to book a time with Eric.

About the National Park Service:  The National Park Service was created by a congressional act signed by President Woodrow Wilson on August 25, 1916.   Today, the agency’s role is to help every park visitor enjoy—while protecting and caring for—410 areas covering 84 million acres of public lands and waterways within the world’s first and finest national park system.  NPS manages some of world’s best-known sites like Yellowstone (the first National Park), the Grand Canyon, and the Statue of Liberty.  Combined attendance climbed 4.9% in 2015 with a record 307,247,252 recreational visitors.

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SOURCE:  Dowdle Folk Art

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