Art Adventurer Gregory Frux Explores 'Wild Landscapes'

November 04, 2017
Glenda Haas
New York-New Jersey Trail Conference


Art Adventurer Gregory Frux Explores 'Wild Landscapes'
Gregory Frux on Pyramid Peak. Photo by Ronald Beimal.


“Wild Landscapes, Near and Far,” featuring oil paintings depicting diverse scenes from the Shawangunks to Patagonia by artist-adventurer Gregory Frux, will be on display in the gallery at Trail Conference Headquarters from Oct. 2 through Jan. 5, 2018.

Gregory Frux was also the featured speaker at the Trail Conference’s annual gala, this year themed Keep It Wild, on Thursday, October 19.

Frux studied painting and architecture in New York, but a love of the outdoors and wilderness travel has called to him since childhood. By age 20, he had walked 1,000 miles on the Appalachian Trail; he has since backpacked and traveled throughout the great ranges of North America and has summited 97 peaks over 10,000 feet. Recently, he has focused on technical rock climbing.

A great opportunity to integrate his love for the arts and the outdoors came through the artist-in-residence programs in various national parks, including Weir Farm National Historic Site, Joshua Tree, Glacier, and Death Valley. In addition to painting and drawing, he gave educational talks and led hikes in each of these locations. His work is now part of the National Park Service’s permanent collection.

Frux was also artist-in-residence aboard the cruise ship Orlova to Antarctica, where he painted from the ship deck, capturing the hours-long twilight and penguin colonies close up. He has traveled extensively in Arctic Norway and South America, and in all of these places, has kept elaborate sketch journals and done oil paintings capturing the natural beauty and local history. This summer, Frux will be the first-ever artist-in-residence at Mount Washington Observatory.

If You Go

2017 Keep It Wild Gala
The Trail Conference's third annual gala, celebrating the people who protect our connection with nature
When: Thursday, October 19 from 7 to 10 p.m.
Where: Trail Conference Headquarters, 600 Ramapo Valley Road, Mahwah, N.J.

Wild Landscapes, Near and Far Exhibition
“Wild Landscapes, Near and Far” featuring the work of Gregory Frux
When: Oct. 2 through January 5, 2018, during regular Trail Conference hours, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday
Where: Trail Conference Headquarters, 600 Ramapo Valley Road, Mahwah, N.J.