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September 2016


Ace Kvale

September 21, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Escalante Interagency Visitor Center,

Sixty Days to Nowhere Photographer Ace Kvale invites you to accompany him, through stories and images, on a great adventure that began three years ago when he completed a 27-day backpacking trip out his backdoor in Boulder, Utah. The program will bring you closer to the spectacular beauty of the Colorado Plateau with breathtaking shots and tales from his encounters. The culmination of many years of research and reconnaissance hikes, it was a singular life event. However, in hindsight he realized it was short…

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Keynote Speaker

September 22, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Escalante High School Auditorium,

Paul Bogard The End of Night - Searching for Darkness in an Age of Artificial Light Paul Bogard Author Paul Bogard seeks to restore our awareness of the spectacularly primal, wildly dark night sky and how it has influenced the human experience across everything from science to art. A starry night is one of nature's most magical wonders. Yet in our artificially lit world, most of us no longer experience true darkness. In this talk based on his book The End…

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Paula McNeill

September 23, 2016 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Escalante Interagency Visitor Center,

Appreciating the Work of Featured Artists: Dave and Ryen Treanor and Featured Vendor: Ernie Washee Paula will discuss the lives and works of Escalante resident artists, father and daugher, Dave and Ryen Treanor and Blanding resident silversmith Ernie Washee. Dave and Ryen Treanor:  Dave first entered the Escalante Canyons Art Festival in its second year. He took a couple years off to spend some time to understand what Plein Air was really about.  In 2012 he felt comfortable giving it another…

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Lisa Takata

September 23, 2016 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Mind Mapping to Capture the Beauty of Nature Explore simple ways to observe and record our outdoor experiences with mind mapping, journaling and collaborative activities for our own creative inspiration and to share with others back home. The beauty and expansiveness of Escalante’s landscape offers great inspiration but can easily overwhelm the senses.  This interactive presentation offers some simple tools for making the most of our time here to record more of what we are seeing and experiencing.  We will learn…

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Christa Sadler

September 23, 2016 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Deep Time on the Grand Staircase: 25 Million Years in the Life of Southern Utah During the Late Cretaceous Deep Time on the Grand Staircase explores the extraordinary world of southern Utah during the last part of the Age of Dinosaurs. From about 100 million years ago to 76 million years ago, the region was home to a diversity of plants and animals that seems impossible today: magnolias and smothering vines, conifers and sycamores played host to a menagerie of…

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Lisbeth Louderback and Bruce Pavlik

September 24, 2016 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Escalante Interagency Visitor Center,

The Archaeology and Conservation of the Four Corners Potato Could Utah be home to the earliest known domestication of a wild native plant? We have been examining that possibility through archaeological and botanical studies of the Four Corners potato (Solanum jamesii), a species found in southern Utah, Colorado, Arizona and New Mexico. The work has highlighted the importance of collaborative and interdisciplinary approaches to complex problems in deep time. Drs. Louderback and Pavlik predict that at certain archaeological sites there are…

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Scott Thybony

September 24, 2016 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

The Disappearances : A Story of Exploration, Murder, and Mystery in the American West Scott Thybony draws from his latest book to present a story of exploration, murder, and mystery set in the Four Corners country during the 1930s.  He includes readings from The Disappearances and historic photographs to recount the struggles of a girl in search of her father, the mystery of a Los Angeles artist in search of beauty (the festival's namesake - Everett Ruess), and the explorations…

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