Events for September 27, 2019
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LOCATION: On side of the bakery under shaded pergola. The public is invited to stop by the Bakery to read their own poetry, or any poetry of their choice. Readers will be rewarded with a free beverage and slice of pie (limit of one per participant per day). Various poetry books will be on-hand for […]
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 […]
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 […]
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; […]
Visit the back room of the Community Center to see an exhibit presented by the 2019 Escalante Canyons Art Festival Featured Artists - Ruthanne Oliver and Bradley Spencer. RUTHANNE OLIVER, ESCALANTE, UT Ruthanne began doing applique work for customers and boutiques in Southern Texas in the 1970s. She studied at Pan Am College, Texas and […]
Artisans, artists and crafters from around the region come to Escalante each year to share their unique products with festival attendees. The Arts & Crafts Fair is great for finding regionally made items that have a story to tell about the area and those who live and work here. Jewelry, ceramics, photography, wooden crafts, fiber […]
Every quilt has a story. Visit the Quilt Exhibition and enjoy the art, workmanship, and history of these beautiful quilts.
Artists display and sell plein air paintings created during the week but not entered in the competition in the Artists Overflow Sales Tent, located just outside the Exhibit Hall. Artwork need not be framed but must have current year's festival stamp on the back and have been completed during current year's festival. To sell artwork in the Artists Overflow […]
Plan to stop by the Silent Auction that features goods and services from local area businesses and festival vendors to bid on items to help support festival programming. You never know what great items and fun services you might find to bid on. Be sure to bid often and generously!
Stop by the GSENM Artist in Residence Exhibit to contribute to a collaborative painting of the Monument. Carol Johansen will be on hand to both share her residency exhibit and encourage others to share what about the Monument is special via painting and words. Each day photos of the painting in progress, along with comments, […]
Sara Straw will paint a demonstration and talk about the mistakes made from the beginning to the end. Sara Straw has lived in south central Utah since 1975. She began painting plein air at the first Escalante Canyons Art Festival/Everett Ruess Day plein air event in 2004. She loves the scenery and the people of […]
Y of the STEM Utilizing a 16-foot Mobile Planetarium Projection Dome, in conjunction with the Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art Mobile Art Truck, students and the public will be given the opportunity to experience and learn about water, its importance and its uses in their region. The title of the program, Y of the STEM, references […]
Patrice Webb calls the North Idaho town of Sandpoint home where she lives with her husband and a band of four-legged critters. Her vibrant songs color in the spaces between the old and the new with originals that are like a meandering river flowing down through the blues, swing, country, and story-telling folk. In 2017 […]
NOTE: Drum and rattle making begins both days at 11 AM. RSVP by Sept. 24 to 435-616-4700. COSTS: 18" drum: $200 / rattle only: $35 Keven Peterson, long-time Escalante resident and the official drum maker for both the Hopi and Navajo Indian Nations, will be instructing how to make authentic Native American drums to take home […]
The EarthPicks compose and perform songs about the people, history, and natural wonders of Cochise County, Arizona. As educators and musicians, Jeff and Liz combine their love of learning, music, and folklore to research written accounts of Cochise County historical events, locations, and related personages. They then experiment with ways to structure melodies, harmonies, and […]
NOTE: $10 fee to be collected day of program to cover cost of supplies. Limited to 20 participants. RSVP to email@example.com to reserve a space. This winter, after some unpleasant discoveries about two of her favorite colors, Lisa took a deep dive into the secret lives of pigments and detoured into the process of making paint. She’ll demonstrate […]
Paula L. McNeill will discuss the art and lives of the 2019 Featured Artists, Escalante native and painter Bradley C. Spencer and self-taught Western fiber artist Ruthanne Oliver. This presentation will focus on how the flora, fauna, and magnificent, often mysterious, landscape and light of southern Utah informs and inspires their work. McNeill is a […]
How does the artist capture an essence, the core, of an experience or place? Artist Sue Tyler demonstrates the process of creating a mixed media work using water media in order to convey a deeper expression of the natural world and interactions with it. Through acrylics, collage materials and other support materials, Sue begins with […]
Bo Earls moved to Utah in 1996 from South Carolina to attend college at Utah Valley State College in Orem, Utah. While visiting Moab in 1999, Bo noticed finely crafted arrowheads, arrows, and knives for sale in many of the stores. Being the 'thrifty" person that Bo is, he decided to learn how to make […]
The Fab Folk are a husband-wife acoustic duo that performs the music of the Beatles and more with a folk twist. They have performed all across the Rocky Mountain region for audiences of all ages, including appearances at the Utah Arts Festival, America’s Freedom Festival at Provo, The Grand America Hotel, Thanksgiving Point, Homestead Resort, […]
Calling kids of all ages. Especially those who love dinosaurs. Make dinosaur themed crafts and learn a little about the wonderful dinosaurs discovered in Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument.
James Swensen: ’As Grand and Unusual Sights as The Heart Could Desire’: An Exploration of John Wesley Powell’s Photographers
Fennemore Mukuntuweap Valley (Zion Canyon), Utah, American, April 1872 In 1871 John Wesley Powell returned to the Colorado Plateau. Two years earlier he and his intrepid crew made one of the most-daring expeditions in American history when they journeyed down the Green and Colorado Rivers, mostly sight-unseen. When he returned he came with a different […]
David and Tamara perform an eclectic variety of contemporary favorites from folk, rock, country and alternative genres as well as original selections. Their acoustic sound is expressed thoughtfully through refined vocal harmonies, guitar and other instruments. Their music carries positive messages sure to warm the heart and uplift the soul!
In 2016 filmmaker/photographer Pete McBride and writer Kevin Fedarko set out on a 750-mile journey on foot through the entire length of the Grand Canyon. From the outset, the challenge was far more than they bargained for. More people have stood on the moon than have completed a continuous through hike of the Canyon. McBride […]