Past Artists In Residence

2015 Artist In Residence

FullSizeRenderBonnie Griffith was selected as the 2015 Plein Air Artist in Residence.  Bonnie splits her time between Boise, Idaho and Montana.  She works full time creating and teaching art.  Bonnie is a plein air and landscape painter who works in pastel, oil and encaustics (hot wax painting).  Bonnie is a signature member of and  past President of the Northwest Pastel Society (IAPS), and a member of the Landscape Artists International, Pastel Society of the West Coast, and the Blue Buffalo Artists group.  She has served as a curator for an art center and juror of  art exhibitions and teaches workshops in pastel painting.

2015 AiR exhibit

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2014 Artist in Residence

Dennis Farris

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Dennis Farris painting in Escalante. “Smoky Mountain Road”, Oil on Panel, 12×12.

Dennis Farris, a Fort Worth, Texas based realistic Western landscape painter, served as the 2014 Artist in Residence.  His work focuses on the grandeur and atmosphere of the Western landscape.  Although most of his work has been centered in the Southwest, he has found the wide open spaces in Texas to be a favorite subject.  Many of his paintings are set in West Texas and include Big Bend National Park, the Devils River, and the Hill Country.

In 2010, Dennis was selected as the artist-in-residence for Zion National Park where he lived and painted in the park for a month. In 2012, he was awarded the honor of being selected as the artist-in-residence for the North Rim of the Grand Canyon National Park.

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2013 Artist in Residence

Wayne Geary

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Wayne Geary alongside some of his festival exhibit works (left). “Storm Over Calf Creek”, Oil on Panel, 12×12.

Wayne Geary, a Salt Lake City, Utah based artist served as the 2013 Artist in Residence.  His work ranges from watercolors of canyon streams to large public installations.

Wayne has exhibited his work extensively in California, New Mexico, and Utah. His paintings are represented in public and private collections in New York, Conneticut, New Mexico, and Utah. In 2002, during the Salt Lake Winter Olympic Games, he was included in an exhibit honoring the most significant 100 Utah artists from the past 150 years. He has also been awarded a number of art commissions. These range from a large outdoor sculpture complex along the Jordan River in Salt Lake City, to works in schools and hospitals in the area to a mosaic project in Salt Lake’s Cathedral of the Madeleine.

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2012 Artist in Residence

Nancy Lewis

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Nancy Lewis at her festival exhibit (left). “View Down Calf Creek”, Oil on Canvas, 11×14.

Nancy Lewis, a Palisade, Colorado based artist, served as the first Artist in Residence in 2012.  Nancy’s life-long connection with nature’s beauty is evidenced by the colors, textures, and composition she brings to her work.

For the last 25 years, Nancy has enjoyed significant success as a graphic artist, having worked as a painter, Web designer, and computer-aided designer and drafter (CADD) on large-scale civil design projects. Throughout her career, Nancy has also worked as an educator, teaching CADD, 3D modeling, digital illustration, and photo manipulation.

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