Artists’ Gatherings

Many events to welcome, acknowledge, celebrate and appreciate registered plein air artists occur during the festival.  These are also great opportunities for artists, festival goers and supporters to get to know each other.

Artist Welcome Wine and Cheese Party

LOCATION: 115 West Main
September 19 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
**This event open to registered artists, festival committee, volunteers, and supporters, and their family members.  

 A welcome party hosted by one of the festival’s original founding funders, Steve Roberts, is held to welcome artists to town. 



Artists’ Reception

LOCATION: TBD
September 24 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
**This event open to registered artists, festival committee, volunteers, and supporters, and their family members.  

Participating artists, festival committee members, festival sponsors, and local art patrons mix and mingle at this festival favorite which is supported by businesses and members of the local community who donate food and beverages for everyone to enjoy.   



Artists Panel Discussion

LOCATION: Escalante Community Center
September 26 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am

Come back soon to see who will be part of the Artists Panel Discussion this year.

 

 

 

 



Plein Air Award Ceremony and Reception

LOCATION: Escalante Community Center
September 26 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

The Festival closes with a reception and award ceremony open to all.  Refreshments are served and a cash wine bar is available.  The silent art auction closes and winning bidders rejoice.  Competition winners are announced and the following prizes are awarded:

  • Best of Show Purchase Award** – Oil/Acrylic – $1500
  • Best of Show Purchase Award** – Watercolor/Mixed Media/Pastel – $1500
  • Award of Excellence – a half-page ad in Southwest Art Magazine valued @ $2,305
  • Awards of Merit, 2 in each category – $500
  • Honorable Mention, 3 in each category – $250
  • People’s Choice Award**  – $250
  • Artists’ Choice Award (voted by registered artists) – a quarter-page ad in Plein Air Magazine valued @ $1250
  • Paint-Out – Paint the Town – 1st Place – $500 / 2nd Place – $250 / 3rd Place – $125
  • Nocturne – 1st Place – $500 / 2nd Place – $250 / 3rd Place – $125
  • Sheila Wooley Faulkner Memorial Award – $500 – awarded to painting that best captures historical context of Escalante
  • Junior Best of Show – $100 – awarded across all junior categories  
  • Junior Awards (K-3rd Grades) – 1st Place – $50 / 2nd Place – $35 / 3rd Place – $20
  • Junior Awards (4th-6th Grades) – 1st Place – $50 / 2nd Place – $35 / 3rd Place – $20
  • Junior Awards (7th-9th Grades) – 1st Place – $50 / 2nd Place – $35 / 3rd Place – $20
  • Junior Awards (10th-12th Grades) – 1st Place – $50 / 2nd Place – $35 / 3rd Place – $20

 



Festival Finale Breakfast

LOCATION: TBD
September 27 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am

This no-host breakfast at the close out the festival on Sunday is the last opportunity to purchase art from festival artists.