Artists’ Gatherings

A couple events are planned to welcome, acknowledge, celebrate and appreciate registered plein air artists occur during the festival.  These are also great opportunities for artists, festival goers and supporters to get to know each other.

Artist Welcome Wine and Cheese Party

LOCATION: Vagabond Inn Barn
September 22 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
**This event open to registered artists, festival committee, volunteers, and supporters, and their family members.  

 A welcome party hosted by one of the festival’s original founding funders, Steve Roberts, is held to welcome artists to town. 



Artists’ Open Jam Session

LOCATION: Vagabond Inn Barn
September 25 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Sacred drum circleAll artists and local musicians are invited to bring their instruments to this hootenanny- style open-jam session event.  

Come play, sing or just listen as our talented artists and locals show off their musical talents!

 

 


All-Paint

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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Artists’ Reception

LOCATION: Escalante Interagency Visitor Center
September 27 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
**This event open to registered artists, festival committee, volunteers, and supporters, and their family members.  

Participating artists, festival committee members, festival sponsors, and local art patrons mix and mingle at this festival favorite which is supported by businesses and members of the local community who donate food and beverages for everyone to enjoy.   



Plein Air Award Ceremony and Reception

LOCATION: Escalante Community Center
September 29 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

The Festival closes with a reception and award ceremony open to all.  Refreshments are served and a cash wine bar is available.  The silent art auction closes and winning bidders rejoice.  Competition winners are announced and the following prizes are awarded:

  • Best of Show Purchase Award** – Oil/Acrylic – $1500
  • Best of Show Purchase Award** – Watercolor/Mixed Media/Pastel – $1500
  • Award of Excellence – a half-page ad in Southwest Art Magazine valued @ $2,305
  • Awards of Merit, 2 in each category – $500
  • Honorable Mention, 3 in each category – $250
  • People’s Choice Award**  – $250
  • Artists’ Choice Award (voted by registered artists) – a quarter-page ad in Plein Air Magazine valued @ $1250
  • Paint-Out – Celebrate Scenic Byway 12 – 1st Place – $500 / 2nd Place – $250 / 3rd Place – $125
  • Nocturne – 1st Place – $500 / 2nd Place – $250 / 3rd Place – $125
  • Sheila Wooley Faulkner Memorial Award – $500 – awarded to painting that best captures historical context of Escalante
  • Junior Best of Show – $100 – awarded across all junior categories  
  • Junior Awards (K-3rd) – 1st Place – $50 / 2nd Place – $35 / 3rd Place – $20
  • Junior Awards (4th-6th) – 1st Place – $50 / 2nd Place – $35 / 3rd Place – $20
  • Junior Awards (7th-12th) – 1st Place – $50 / 2nd Place – $35 / 3rd Place – $20