10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Stop by the side room of the Community Center to see the results of a month of creating art by the 2019 GSENM Artist in Residence, Carol Johansen. Carol, a Utah native, attended college with the goal to teach. With five children and one on the way, she began her teaching career in her 30’s; and after a year in the classroom, she became an art educator. The world of art opened a deep passion for creativity and renewed awareness of expression, something she always has sought. She has spent the month of September in and around the Escalante Region creating art and doing events with the local community and schools. This exhibits highlights the work produced while in residence.
Unbounded Impressionism is Carol’s oil painting style, meaning unhindered and having no limits. Using primary colors of red, yellow, and blue along with white, Carol is able to mix secondary and tertiary hues of harmonious blends on her palette before making her painting marks. Carol’s brushwork is bold and direct laying down rich unrestrained thick strokes onto the canvas surface. She works alla prima, finishing a painting in one setting.
Carol forms a link to the viewer with emotional content of her painting. The expressive color, the sweep of history in place, the awareness of all are products of how she lives. They make her journey of discovery about nature and herself a path of possibilities and commonalities that others discover they can share. See more of her work here.
10:00 am - 6:00 pm
The Plein Air Exhibit is the highlight of the festival and showcases all art submitted for the Plein Air Competitions. The show typically includes more than 200 entries in oil, pastel, watercolor, and other mixed media that have been produced during the days leading up to the show by registered artists of all levels of experience. The exhibit is a great venue for purchasing art and seeing how the region’s rural and natural landscapes have been interpreted and captured on canvas or paper by artists from near and far. Most works are for sale via direct sales or the silent auction that closes on Saturday evening.
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Every quilt has a story. Visit the Quilt Exhibition and enjoy the art, workmanship, and history of these beautiful quilts.