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Grand View

Grand View

Acclaimed landscape painter Stefan Baumann's art reflects his commitment to ecology and the preservation of the natural environment. In THE GRAND VIEW, Baumann travels throughout North America, sharing his message and his art as he raises awareness for these causes. This new series takes viewers on a journey throughout America's National Parks system, where he shares his adventures and his passion for nature. The series showcases the art, insights and park experiences as Baumann hikes deep into the United States' most famous National Parks. Applying the realist theory of the old masters in his paintings, Baumann's treks encompass every aspect of the park, focusing on the plants, wildlife and the geologic and human history that have impacted the region.

Latest Episodes

Baumann journeys into the Channel Islands National Park and experiences one of the most beautiful National Parks in America. Along the way he meets Tim Coonan, Island Fox biologist: Native American Julie Tumamait, who shares the stories of the Chumash People: Don Morris, Chief Marine Biologist: and Robert L. DeLong, Marine Mammal Expert. Baumann concludes the show by painting the ocean view from San Miguel Island.

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Sun Dec 8th, 6:30am

Baumann travels to Crater Lake National Park. Along his journey he meets Kevin Bacher, interpretive ranger for the park: Neva Eggsman, the last Klamath elder that speaks her native language: and Mark Buktenica, lake sediment researcher. Baumann concludes the show by painting Wizard Island.

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Sun Dec 15th, 6:30am

Baumann treks into the mythical region known as Death Valley. Along his journey he meets Grace Goad, American Indian native to the region: Dave Heffner, California 49'rs historian: and Charles Callagen, Death Valley Interpretive ranger. Baumann concludes the show by painting 20 Mule Team Canyon.

This episode explores one of the most unique phenomena in geology; Hexagonal pillars of Basalt lava that were revealed during the last Ice Age. Located in the Eastern Sierra, this rare and beautiful feature ranks as one of the world's finest examples of columnar basalt. The region reveals a volatile geologic history, with reminders bubbling up from the valley floor. Baumann interviews Park Superintendent, Deanna Dulen, and USGS geologist, Mike Clynne. Baumann reaches his destination, and paints the Minarets of the Sierras overlooking the park itself.

Baumann sets his sites on one of the largest urban parks in the world: Golden Gate National Recreation Area. The park, which includes Alcatraz, the Marin Headlands, and the original military fortifications surrounding San Francisco, was conceived as part of a trend to make national park resources more accessible to urban populations. Interviews include Frank Heaney, Alcatraz prison guard, Heather Booth, park interpretive ranger, and Stephen Haller, civil war historian. Baumann completes his journey by painting the high dunes of Fort Funston and Ocean Beach.

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Sun Jan 5th, 7:30am

In this episode, Stefan Baumann journeys through one of the world's most famous National Parks and explores its lesser known North Rim. In contrast to it's southern half, this region offers the typical canyon beauty, but also a more lush environ of pine and aspen.

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