Opening Night Reception: "Elephant Rocks" Paintings Exhibit

11/2/2019 | Battle of Pilot Knob State Historic Site | Pilot Knob, MO

Battle of Pilot Knob State Historic Site is proud to host a very special original art show in November of 2019. For the entire month of November, we will have on display a collection of original oil paintings depicting the beauty and spender of Elephant Rocks State Park. The collection features the rocks from various views and different times of the year. This show will be held inside the historic site museum from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., seven days a week.

To kick off this exhibit, the museum will host an opening night reception on Saturday, Nov. 2 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. This event will be open to the public and free to attend. During this reception, the artist will be present to answer questions and provide insight on how he goes about creating his art and why he is so inspired by Elephant Rocks State Park and its unique formations.

“Elephant Rocks” by Garry McMichael

In the past year, artist Garry McMichael has created almost 30 oil and acrylic paintings of Elephant Rocks ranging in size from 6 by 8 inches to 2 by 4 feet. The following paragraph from McMichael’s website provides more information about these paintings:

“Garry McMichael’s newest body of work is Elephant Rocks. It is a series of paintings of a unique granite geological formation located in the St. Francis Mountains about an hour and a half drive south of St Louis, Missouri. There is nothing quite like this rock-strewn landscape anywhere else in Missouri or Mid-America. Giant boulders of pink granite rocks appear all over the landscape and in the Ozark hardwood forest. Throughout the centuries, green and gray lichens and mosses have only added to their shape, texture and beauty. Elephant Rocks is one of Middle-America’s strongest energy vortexes. Garry has taken on the challenge of capturing their beauty throughout the seasons and under unique weather and lighting conditions …”

McMichael suggests the best time to enjoy Elephant Rocks is late in the evening, the last hour before sunset. You will have the big rocks to yourself, and it’s a great place to meditate, he says.

To view this collection, visit For more information about McMichael’s art, contact him at or call 314-610-2353.

Click here to read the news release.

Reception Time: 4 p.m. - 7 p.m.
Reception Location: Battle of Pilot Knob State Historic Site Museum
118 East Maple, Pilot Knob, MO | (573) 546-3454