Artists’ Gatherings

A couple events are planned 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.

Artists Meet Greet and All-Paint

LOCATION: 115 West Main
September 21 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

The All-Paint is group event for all registered artists.  Artists are welcome to gather, paint, discuss techniques and approaches, and show off their skills to their peers and festival attendees.  The more the merrier! 

It’s also a great opportunity for artists new to the festival to meet other folks.  Event is followed immediately by the Artist Welcome Wine and Cheese Party.

Artist Welcome Wine and Cheese Party

LOCATION: 115 West Main
September 21 @ 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. 

Festival Community Open Jam Session

LOCATION: Vagabond Inn Barn
September 23 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Sacred drum circleAll artists and musicians are invited to bring their instruments to this hootenanny- style open-jam session event.  

Come play, sing or just listen as our talented artists and locals show off their musical talents!



Artists’ Reception

LOCATION: Escalante Interagency Visitor Center
September 26 @ 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.   

Judges Talk

LOCATION: Escalante Community Center
September 27 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am

If you’ve always wondered how judges of an art competition make decisions on who wins, this is an event you want to be sure to attend.  Join this year’s plein air competition judges to learn how they evaluate the work submitted and ultimately make decisions on who receives awards.

Jennifer Barton is an artist who works predominantly in painting and mixed media. She has a BFA and an MFA from Brigham Young University and is a recipient of the Utah Arts Council Fellowship and the Utah Arts Council Individual Artist Grant. She was accepted to Art Space Studios in Salt Lake City, Utah and has been part of national invitational exhibits such as Boxes Beyond Borders in Santa Barbara, California, the Western Regional Women’s Invitational in Scottsdale, Arizona, Utah Art, Utah Artists: A 150-Year Survey at the Springville Museum of Art in Springville, Utah, Waiting in North Adams, Massachusetts, and Western Wild in Chester, England. Her work has been exhibited at the Utah Museum of Contemporary Art, the Rio Gallery, the Art Access Gallery, and the Finch Lane Gallery in Salt Lake City, Utah. Jennifer has taught many subjects such as figure drawing, painting, drawing, composition, and color in her twenty years as an adjunct instructor at BYU. She also enjoys teaching art to children in her community.  See more of Jennifer’s work at here.


Peggy Immel

Peggy is a Master Signature Member of Plein Air Painters of New Mexico, a Signature Member of Plein Air Artists Colorado, and a Member of Rocky Mountain Plein Air Painters. Her background includes architectural studies at Arizona State University and classes at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston MA, the DeCordova Museum School, Lincoln, MA, and the Silvermine Arts Center, New Canaan, CT.

Featured in major publications and included in national exhibitions, Peggy’s paintings have been recognized with numerous awards including four Best of Shows. Her most recent are an Award of Excellence for “Flower Dance” at the 2018 Plein Air for the Park event in Grand Teton National Park, WY, and a Best of Signature Members Award for “Furrows” at the 22nd Plein Air Artists Colorado 2018 National Juried Exhibition.

Peggys work can be seen at Wilder Nightingale Fine Art, Taos, NM and Sorrel Sky Gallery Durango, CO, and Santa Fe, NM.  Visit Peggy’s website to see more of her work here.


Carol Johansen

Carol Johansen is the 2019 Grand Staircase-Escalante Monument’s Plein Air Artist-in-Residence.  She has lived her adult life in Mount Pleasant, UT, on the Colorado Plateau’s northwest cusp. Her first experience in the GSENM was as a plein air painter during the 2008 Escalante Canyons Art Festival Competition. 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.  Carol has exhibited her work throughout the west and is currently represented by Spring City Arts, Spring City, Utah.

Visist Carol’s website to see more of her work here.





Artists of the West Panel Discussion

LOCATION: Escalante Community Center
September 28 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am

The artists who participated in the Artists of the West Group Demonstration earlier in the week will convene to discuss how they approach their art, what inspires them, and the influences on their work.    The panel discussion will be facilitated by Jennifer Barton, one of this year’s competition judges and an adjunct art professor at BYU.  Those participating in the panel include:

Linda Dellandre, TX
Graham Goff, MT
Lonny Granston, CO
Gunther Haidenthaller, UT
Lawrence Smith, NV
Chi E Shenam Westin, ID

More information about these artists can be found here.





Plein Air Award Ceremony and Reception

LOCATION: Escalante Community Center
September 28 @ 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: Devil’s Garden Grill
September 29 @ 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.