Bonnie Griffith: Pastel Painting Landscapes

LOCATION: Escalante Community Center
September 22 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm


Watch Bonnie Griffith’s demonstration and and punch up your pastel painting skills!  Bonnie will share the pastel techniques that she uses to create dynamic landscapes in the studio and in plein air.  

Bonnie Griffith is an artist who paints the western landscape in pastel and oil.  She captures the essence of the land in bold, strong color in representational fashion.  She has worked as a fulltime artist for 15+ years and part time since college.  Bonnie has studied with Lorenzo Chavez, Robert Moore, Clark Mitchell and others.  Her work is represented by galleries in ID, MT, WA, and OR.  She was the 2015 Artist in Residence at the Grand Staircase National Monument.  Bonnie participates in numerous plein air events throughout the west.  

See more of Bonnie’s work here.

Allen Brockbank: Moonlighting – Extend Your Painting Day with a Nocturne

LOCATION: Meet at Vagabond Inn
September 22 @ 8:30 pm - 10:00 pm

Bring your painting gear and a headlamp so you can paint with the group – or just bring a chair and watch.  This demo will go over the principles that contribute to a successful nocturne.

Meet at the Artists’ Welcome Party, Saturday, September 22, 6 PM – Vagabond Inn.



Jill Simkins: Colorful Watercolor Portraits

LOCATION: Escalante Community Center
September 25 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

In this demonstration you will learn how to draw your image on paper using basic guidelines of feature placement and composition and how to find symmetry and balance of eyes, ears, and nose, creating a likeness of your subject. 

Watercolor is an exciting medium to work with because it has a mind of it’s own which makes your portraits interesting and unpredictable.  By adding unexpected colors, squiggles, and splots, you can create unique, painterly portraits. 

Bring a ruler, sketchbook and pencil to this demo, you will be doing some basic sketches.

Jill is an Organic Vegetable Farmer who creates art in many mediums; weather it be with plants and flowers, magical garden paths, oil or water-color paint, clay, or by using recycled, found or worn out items.

Living her life working outside in the soil and discovering this beautiful world by hiking, backpacking, catering horse-pack trips in the High Uintah’s, river rafting, or camping in her vintage trailer, has given her a great respect and love for the outdoors which she attempts to capture on canvas. She especially enjoys painting cows, farm animals, and people.  Her work has been sold in several gallery’s  throughout the west. 

She writes about her painting and adventures  here.

Rae Ellen Lee: Mixed Media Paintings That Tell Stories

LOCATION: Escalante Community Center
September 26 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

In this demo, Rae Ellen will show how she incorporates mixed media elements in her plein air paintings. She’ll combine collage elements, local stories, acrylic paint, even bits of tin foil to create a colorful and contemporary piece of art. She’ll also discuss the interplay between forms, and the negative spaces they create, so elements appear to be having a conversation.

As an author, she enjoys incorporating local lore into a landscape painting, and will share how to find good stories. Working with mixed media is more akin to studio work than traditional plein air and Rae Ellen will talk about the logistics of setting up and working on location.

Rae Ellen Lee is an artist and author living near Bellingham, WA. She and her trusty companion dog, Sudsie, are a therapy team. After growing up on a stump ranch in Northern Idaho, and later, working as a Forest Service landscape architect in Idaho and Montana, she continues her love affair with the outdoors.

The author of memoirs, novels and humor, Rae Ellen often gives talks on how making bad choices can lead to writing good books. While Rae Ellen has always enjoyed hiking and sketching, she describes herself as a studio artist who enjoys participating in plein air events. Her mixed media art can be found in many private collections, at Allied Arts in Bellingham, and in waiting rooms, breweries, and even an outhouse or two. She won a merit award at the 2015 Escalante Canyons Art Festival. See more of Rae Ellen’s work here.

Women of Plein Air: Group Demonstration

LOCATION: Slot Canyon Inn
September 26 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

A late afternoon group demonstration has become a festival favorite where artists and those who enjoy the creation of art gather to watch different artists, with different styles and approaches, tackle a similar landscape to create a painting in a couple hours.  

The following are the 2018 artists participating in this year’s group demonstration:

 Emily Boespflug

Having grown up in Northern Wyoming with few distractions, Emily was easily inspired by nature and sharing that love through realistic representations in pastel, pen and pencil as a child. She did not truly embrace her interest in art until a drawing class in college. Upon receiving her BFA, she combined her love for the healing arts and teaching through an art therapy internship before heading to the far southeast corner of the US to pursue a life-long dream; learning to hang glide. This nomadic lifestyle brought the opportunity to learn faux painting, mural techniques and the ease of creating and selling watercolors and pastels while traveling. Emily’s mural business was also flourishing when she decided to head back out west in 2003. Her love for outdoor exploration brought her back to Jackson, WY where she immediately entertained a vision of painting the diverse area and the joy of an incredible community of artists and athletes. For the past 10 years she has taught classes and held positions as Youth/Outreach Director and Painting Studio Manager for the Art Association of Jackson Hole. She is currently a practicing artist, as well as face painter and art teacher.

Carol Johansen

Carol Johansen is a landscape artist living part time in rural Utah and Boise, Idaho. She enjoys traveling extensively throughout the West exploring the space and rhythm of her surroundings, employing strokes of expressive color. Carol prefers to paint directly from life, painting en plein air scenes
filled with the ever changing landscape from daylight into dark. She graduated with a Bachelor Degree from Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah.




Cynthia Rosen

Living in Vermont and with a background in non-objective art, it is totally understandable that Cynthia Rosen paints “plein air with a twist” as she calls it. Given her interest in the ephemeral nature of life and “it’s constant state of flux” her paintings reflect the dynamics of the composition and the movement of color of a given site.   Cynthia primarily uses the palette knife to create rich moving images. The energy created in her work sets her work apart and has garnered her numerous awards, inclusion in several prestigious exhibits and invites into galleries, as well as being featured in online as well as hard copy magazine articles (most recently Plein Air Magazine’s Feb/March issue, and American Art Collector’s March issue).  


Sara Straw

Sara is a longtime Resident of Sevier County, Utah. She has a  Fine Arts degree from University of California at Fullerton.  Sara worked as a sign painter before computers and began plein air painting at the first Escalante Canyons Arts Festival  in 2004. Sara Straw loves the landscape of southern Utah and willingly sacrifices all the amenities of civilization to live there.



Peggy Trigg

Whether working in acrylics or oils, Peggy focuses her paintings on color, shapes and energy. She works fast, trying to capture the spirit of the land, not the actual representation. Peggy Trigg is a native New Mexican. She was born in Santa Fe and raised on cattle ranches outside the ghost towns of Cerrillos and Madrid. Peggy now lives in Questa, NM and spends her days painting the landscapes that surround her. You can most often find her outside painting in the Rio Grande del Norte National Monument, especially at the Wild Rivers Recreation Area. Peggy has gained Signature Member status in the Plein Air Painters of New Mexico. She is represented by Wilder Nightingale Gallery in Taos, La Mesa Gallery on Canyon Road in Santa Fe and Weyrich’s Gallery in Albuquerque.


LOCATION: Escalante Heritage Center
September 27 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

The Paint Around is an event where teams of artists each “paint-around” to create paintings.   Teams have 2 hours to finish the painting, each member taking 15 minute turns.

This fun, fast paced event coincides with the All-Paint at the Heritage Center.  Come watch this fun activity as  the invited artists take turns putting their unique spin on a painting!

The completed paintings will be displayed at the Community Center as part of the Plein Air competition silent auction. 

All proceeds will be donated to the Escalante Elementary Art Program. 



Oil Team #1: Lyn Boyer, Brad Holt, Carol Johansen, Bradley Spencer

Oil Team #2: Allen Brockbank, Gunther Haidenthaller, Stephen Stauffer,  Greg Summers

Water Color Team: Katy Fox, Sue Martin, Harriet Priska, Sue Tyler

Pastel Team: Emily Boesfplug, Bonnie Griffith, Chris Haycock, Nancy Lewis, Lewis Williams


LOCATION: Escalante Heritage Center
September 27 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

 The All-Paint is group event for all registered artists.  Artists are welcome to gather, paint and  show off their skills to their peers and festival attendees.  This venue offers a variety of subjects to paint – 360 degree landscapes and more intimate scenes – something for every painter and skill level!

Come enjoy the first annual All-Paint event.


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Kit Frost: The iPhone, so Much More Than a Selfie

LOCATION: Escalante Community Center
September 28 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Today’s smartphones include a wide variety of apps for image making. Photos, videos, time
lapse sequences are just a small sampling of what is available for using your phone. Kit Frost
uses her phone as a sketchbook, as a digital camera, as a video production tool and for time
lapse photography. This workshop is designed to teach you to use the camera that is most often
with you, your phone. Kit will demonstrate the simple techniques needed to take terrific photos
with your smartphone. Participants will learn how to use your phone, make photos, panoramic
and timelapse, create short video sequences.


Kit Frost lives and teaches photography workshops in Durango, Colorado and throughout the West. She has served as an artist-in-residence in a dozen National Parks and Monuments. She draws inspiration from the work of Thomas Moran, Ansel Adams, Christopher Burkett, Georgia O’Keeffe and Brett Weston, sharing an affinity with the monumental aspects of the American landscape and a dialog with light that is ever-changing and elusive.

Whether capturing still images, recording time-lapse and video sequences or chasing the light at our National Parks, Kit Frost’s preferred work method is to explore landscapes over an extended period of time in order to capture the essence of each location throughout the day and into the night.

Often found working with her iphone, Kit’s belief is that the best images are not created by the camera but by the passion and vision of the artist behind the lens. While serving since 2015 as the Artist in Residence at Acadia, Crater Lake, Glacier, Capitol Reef and Mesa Verde National Parks, Kit has been recording time lapse, video and still sequences with her iPhone and helping visitors to gain a better understanding of the simple tools on the smart phone.

See more of  Kits’s work here.

Cynthia Rosen: The Expressive Landscape

LOCATION: Meet at Escalante Town Park
September 28 @ 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm

Cynthia will talk about how she chooses a site, demonstrate decisions regarding the dynamics of composition and color choices.  Cynthia primarily uses the palette knife to create rich moving images – she will discuss stroke direction and how it helps to  direct the viewer’s eye and create movement within the image.





Living in Vermont and with a background in non-objective art, it is totally understandable that Cynthia Rosen paints “plein air with a twist”.

Given her interest in the ephemeral nature of life and “it’s constant state of flux” her paintings reflect the dynamics of the composition and the movement of color.  The energy created in her work has garnered her numerous awards, inclusion in several prestigious exhibits, invites into galleries, and features in online and hard copy magazines (most recently Plein Air Magazine’s Feb/March issue, and American Art Collector’s March issue). 

 Cynthia travels about the country in order to broaden her horizons and challenge herself.