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James M. Aton: The Crimson Cowboys: The Remarkable Odyssey of the 1931 Claflin-Emerson Expedition

In 1931 a team of six archaeologists from Harvard’s Peabody Museum and three guides set out to do what no archaeologists had done before nor have tried since: explore, survey, and excavate Fremont Indian sites on the Tavaputs Plateau. Their 400-mile expedition is the longest horse-pack archaeological trip in the history of American archaeology. It […]

Lisa Hartman: Desert Glass Ornaments

Escalante Town Park - Hands on Art Tent North 100 West, Escalante, UT

NOTE:  $5 fee to cover cost of materials.  Suitable for ages 12 and up.  Limited to 12 participants. RSVP  to to reserve a space. Create unique glass ornaments made from tumbled glass, beads and wire.  Learn easy wire-wrapping techniques to add interest to your ornaments.  Your light-catching ornaments can be placed on a tree, a […]

2018 Matt Burke

Escalante Town Park - Festival Stage

Matt Burke is an accomplished singer, songwriter, band leader, and entertainer with more than 15 years of performance history under his belt. Hailing from DeLand, FL, Burke got his start fronting a successful original hard rock band in Central Florida during the early 2000’s. In 2006, Burke moved to Chicago to pursue a career in […]

2019 Jack Schmidt: The Future of the Colorado River

photo credit: M Miller, USGS Today’s decisions about the Colorado River’s future are of two types – those that concern allocation of a decreasing water supply that meets the needs of a growing population and those that concern environmental management of the river segments that intervene between reservoirs. Can these two types of decisions be […]

2017 Jason Tyler Burton

Photo by Regina Pagles. Jason Tyler Burton grew up in the hills of Kentucky, but now lives in the mountains of Wyoming. His brand of rural Americana results in road trip ready songs that often tell a novel's worth of story in the span of minutes. Burton knows how to craft a tune, how […]

2019 Festival Finale Breakfast

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

2017 Paint Out – Hells Backbone Loop

Escalante Community Center

$875 in prizes Stamp-in: 7 AM to NOON / Submission: 2 PM to 5 PM Find the perfect painting location along the loop created by driving the loop that connects Hell's Backbone Scenic Backway and Scenic Byway 12.  This route has both slickrock canyons and forests,  pavement and gravel roads - so take your pick.   […]

2019 Sue Tyler: Mixed Media Landscapes


NOTE:  $25  fee to cover cost of materials.  Limited to 12 participants.  RSVP  to to reserve a space. Create a mixed media landscape using a variety of materials. Bring your creative imagination, a sketchbook and your favorite drawing tools (if desired), and landscape ideas/images to make a unique landscape painting.  All levels are welcome and materials are […]

Quick Draw in the Park

New this year is our "Quick Draw in the Park" competition and sale. Artists will set up and paint within a block periphery of the town park using photos, mobile devices or from life. Artists will have three hours to complete their piece which can be purchased off the easel.  A $250 People's Choice cash award […]

Artists Panel Discussion

Escalante Community Center

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