Women of Plein Air: Group Demonstration
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:
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 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.
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 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.
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.