Featured Artist & Vendor Program

Each year the Escalante Canyons Art Festival committee chooses an artist and a vendor to feature during the festival. These folks are highlighted and  honored in the Speaker Series with a retrospective presentation of their artistic development and lifetime accomplishments.  These talented people have devoted many years to their craft and have a special connection to the Escalante Canyons Art Festival and the community of Escalante. 

If you are interested or would like to suggest someone for the committee to consider for future featured artists or vendors, please contact us at info@escalantecanyonsartfestival.org.

Opportunities to Learn More About Featured Artist and Featured Vendor

First recurring event starts: September 28 @ 10:00 am (full details)

Speaker Series Program           

Friday, September 28 at 1 PM – Escalante Interagency Visitor  Center  

To learn more about Shawn’s and Karen’s inspirations and work, please attend the program presented by retired Valdosta State University Professor Paula McNeill.

Featured Artists Exhibit – Art Sale  

Friday and Saturday,  September 28-29 – 10 AM to 6 PM – Community Center

Stop by Community Center to see and purchase Shawn’s work.

Featured Vendor Booth  

Friday and Saturday,  September 28-29 – 10 AM to 6 PM – Festival Hall  

Stop by Karen’s booth in the Arts and Crafts Fair to see her work up close and purchase a special piece for your collection.


Escalante painter and owner of Escape Goats, his guiding business into the isolated, remote surrealistic spaces of the Escalante wilderness, is this year’s Featured Artist.  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. 


Escalante was her ‘home away from home’ for over 40 years until it became her residence for several years.  Having recently relocated to St. George, Karen continues to support a number of community events and projects, including the arts festival.  She has been one of the steadfast vendors from the early years of the festival, sharing her lovely aprons, dolls, and other fabric art items.