Bonnie Griffith: Pastel Painting Landscapes

LOCATION: Escalante Community Center
September 22, 2018 @ 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, 2018 @ 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, 2018 @ 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, 2018 @ 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, 2018 @ 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).  


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.

Scotty Mitchell: Capturing Plein Air Light and Form with Pastel

LOCATION: Meet at HWY 12 MM 80 – East of Hogback
September 27, 2018 @ 8:00 am - 9:30 am

Art festival Southern UtahScotty Mitchell will start a pastel drawing on site with a running commentary about how she goes about making the painting, the choices and the process.  The exact location along HWY 12 will be decided nearer to the time, as the light and shadows continually change and are an important component of the choice of subject matter.

Scotty Mitchell moved to Boulder,Utah in 1997, captivated by the immense space and incredible variety of color and form, the earth showing off its bones.  Mitchell went to art school in Italy and graduated from the Academy of Fine arts in Rome in 1971. In 1975 she went on a painting trip to Crete, Greece and stayed for 20 years.   Falling in love with Utah on a southwest trip in the early nineties led Mitchell to move to Boulder in 1997.  She is an onsite painter, taking her drawing board, pastels and easel out into nature.  Her work unites the abstraction of form, light, and rhythm, with the deep particularity of her specific.  She finds painting on site is the best way to convey the vitality and spirit of her subject.  Scotty loves to hike to remote spots to paint.  On cold or windy days she paints from a large picture window in her vintage RV, Aphrodite. Her work is a joyous celebration of the land.  See more of Scotty’s work here.


Scott Geary: Basics of Watercolor Painting

LOCATION: Escalante Town Park
September 27, 2018 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Join 2017 GSENM Artist in Residence, Scott Geary to learn the basics of watercolor painting outdoors.  Scott will share how he travels light to capture natural settings away from the roads in more remote settings.  This is Scott’s favorite way to paint and he’s excited to share his techniques with others.


LOCATION: Escalante Heritage Center
September 27, 2018 @ 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


LOCATION: Escalante Heritage Center
September 27, 2018 @ 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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Cynthia Rosen-Malter: The Expressive Landscape

LOCATION: Meet at Escalante Town Park
September 28, 2018 @ 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-Malter 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.


Bo Earls: Flint Knapping

LOCATION: Hands on Art Tent (Fri), EVC Patio (Sat)
First recurring event starts: September 28, 2018 @ 2:00 pm (full details)

Bo Earls moved to Utah in 1996 from South Carolina to attend college at Utah Valley State College in Orem, Utah. While visiting Moab in 1999, Bo noticed finely crafted arrowheads, arrows, and knives for sale in many of the stores. Being the ‘thrifty” person that Bo is, he decided to learn how to make his own modern lithic replications rather than pay for a piece that someone had made. Fifteen years later, Bo is now an experienced knapper whom still considers himself an amateur of the skill. 

In February of 2005, Bo decided to share his knowledge with anyone who shared his desire and fascination with primitive skills such as knapping. That is how the Utah Valley Knapping Association came to be. He currently has a tough time just keeping up with the demand for his most notable pieces such as hafted knives and western style clovis points. That is why in June of this year, he decided to retire from his real job and flint-knap full time. You can now find him at shows all across the four corners region and surrounding states, with a table of his wares and a tarp full of flakes from the demos he gives to anyone who wants to see his craft.

Most notably, Bo’s work currently resides on display at multiple museums & state parks all across Southern Utah. His work has even been on movies such as the Twilight Series and a handful of instructional videos.