The Tale of Two Towns – Watercolor Exhibit

LOCATION: Anasazi State Park Museum
September 21 - September 30
8:00 am - 6:00 pm

“The Tale of Two Towns”,  a watercolor exhibit by Escalante artist Harriet Priska, is on display through October 27th at Anasazi State Park Museum.  Harriet, owner of Serenidad Gallery, has studied the local history and represented the early pioneer days showing the relationship between Boulder and Escalante as they were settled in the last part of the 19th century.  Using historic photos and viewing existing structures she graphically portrays some of the then most remote parts of the United States .  Stop by to view the 40 paintings of buildings both historic and modern.  Her cards of the paintings and two 2019 calendars are available: “Escalante and Boulder” and “Boulder.”

2003-2017 Best of Show Exhibit

LOCATION: Escalante Kazan Medical Center
First recurring event starts: September 28, 2018 @ 10:00 am (full details)

During business hours, stop by the Escalante Kazan Medical Center to see the Best of Show winning paintings dating back to the beginning of the festival.  The collection features a variety of styles and types of artworks.  Since the medical center opened the collection has been on display here so the public has ready access to viewing and appreciating it.  

Driven to ART – Boulder Art Spaces

LOCATION: Various locations in Boulder
September 27
10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Take a drive east to Boulder and visit locations where local and regional is on display and/or for sale.  Stops on the tour include:

Burr Trail Outpost 

14 HWY 12 – corner of HWY 12 and Burr Trail Road – to see a range of creations from local area artists and artisans.  Original art, photography, fiber goods, and jewelry are just some of the items you will find.

Boulder Community Center

351 North 100 East – Utah Arts and Museum’s Travelling Exhibition:  “Arrangements: A Survey of Utah Collage” -This exhibition combines collage works from the State of Utah’s Fine Art Collection, as well as artwork from some of Utah’s finest collage and mixed media artists.

Anasazi State Park Museum

460 HWY 12 – Harriet Priska’s “Tale of Two Towns” watercolor exhibit and authentic Native American jewelry, fetishes and rugs.

Pole’s Place Gallery and Gift Shop

  • 465 HWY 12 – across from Anasazi State Park Museum – paintings and sculptures by local artists as well as historic photographs. 



2018 GSENM Artist in Residence Exhibit

LOCATION: Escalante Community Center
September 28 - September 29
10:00 am - 6:00 pm

Stop by the side room of the Community Center to see the results of a month of creating art by the 2018 Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument Plein Air Artist in Residence – Graham Goff.  Graham is an artist/architect from Bozeman, Montana and he has spent the month of September in and around the Escalante Region creating art and doing events with the local community and schools.  This exhibits highlights the work produced while in residence.

Quilt Exhibition

LOCATION: People’s Exchange
September 28 - September 29
10:00 am - 4:00 pm

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Every quilt has a story. Visit the Quilt Exhibition and  enjoy the art, workmanship, and history of these beautiful quilts.

2018 ECAF Featured Artist Exhibit

LOCATION: Escalante Community Center
September 28 - September 29
10:00 am - 6:00 pm

Visit the back room of the Community Center to see an exhibit presented by the 2018 Escalante Canyons Art Festival Featured Artist – Shawn Miller. Shawn is an Escalante resident, painter and owner of Escape Goats, his guiding business into the isolated, remote surrealistic spaces of the Escalante wilderness.  Shawn was first drawn to landscapes as a child growing up in Rapid City, South Dakota where he roamed the Black Hills and Mount Rushmore.  His art has been influenced by the unique settings of the places he has lived in the Dakotas and Utah.  When he first got to Escalante 15 years ago, he took lessons from and was encouraged by the late Peggy Soren.  Shawn shares his love of this special area through his art  as his appreciation of the natural patterns in rocks, geology and plant life can easily be seen in his paintings.  Enjoy the variety of Shawn’s work in this exhibit.

Plein Air Exhibit and Art Sale

LOCATION: Escalante Community Center
First recurring event starts: September 28, 2018 @ 10:00 am (full details)

Plein aire painting exhibit

The Plein Air Exhibit is the highlight of the festival and showcases all art submitted for the Plein Air Competitions.  The show typically includes more than 100 entries in oil, pastel, watercolor, and other mixed media that have been produced during the days leading up to the show by registered artists of all levels of experience.   It also includes the works submitted for the Paint-Out events earlier in the week.  The exhibit is a great venue for purchasing art and seeing how the region’s rural and natural landscapes have been interpreted and captured on canvas or paper by artists from near and far.  Most works are for sale via direct sales or the silent auction that closes on Saturday evening.