The 10th Anniversary of the Escalante Canyons Art Festival-Everett Ruess Days held in Escalante, Utah on September 27-28, 2013 saw increases in participation across the board.  More than 90 artists from near and as far away as Ireland and Belgium participated in the Plein Air Competition and of these, approximately a third were participating for the first time.  The Speaker’s Series which featured renowned western writer and NRP commentator, Craig Childs as the keynote, engaged a large crowd on Friday night by discussing Deep Archaeology.  Childs’ encouraged us to delve deeply into the land to see a history that goes back more than 20,000 years to the time of the North American Ice Age and the first people to arrive on this continent.


Oil/Acrylic – Best of Show ($1500 Purchase Award)

Lynn Griffin (Escalante, UT)

Mixed Media – Best of Show ($1500 Purchase Award)

Janet Kupchick (Santa Monica, CA)

Oil/Acrylic – Awards of Merit ($500)

Kaia Thomas (Bowie, AZ) and Mark Akins (CO)

Mixed Media – Awards of Merit ($500)

Scott Geary (Santa Fe, NM) and Nancy Lewis (Palisade, CO)

Oil/Acrylic – Honorable Mentions ($250)

Valerie Orlemann (Cedar City, UT), Mary Jabens (Cedar City, UT), Betsey Nelson (Flagstaff, AZ), Rebecca Gaver (Kanab, UT) and Brad Holt (Cedar City, UT)

Mixed Media – Honorable Mentions ($250)

Ellie Nelson (Boulder, UT), Lewis Williams,  Mike Padian (Phoenix, AZ), Monika Bloedel (Sun Valley, ID), and Leslie Jenson (Kanarraville, UT)

Founder’s Award ($500)

Janet Kupchick (Santa Monica, CA)

People’s Choice ($250)

Jodi McGregor Peterson (Logan, UT)

 Artists’ Choice (Plein Air Magazine ¼ page ad)

Jinsheng Song (Beijing, China)

Paint-Out ($750)

Larisa Aukon (Flagstaff, AZ)