2018 Featured Artist and Vendor


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 i

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