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2016 Paula McNeill

September 23, 2016 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Appreciating the Work of Featured Artists: Dave and Ryen Treanor and Featured Vendor: Ernie Washee

Paula will discuss the lives and works of Escalante resident artists, father and daugher, Dave and Ryen Treanor and Blanding resident silversmith Ernie Washee.

Ryen and Dave2Dave and Ryen Treanor:  Dave first entered the Escalante Canyons Art Festival in its second year. He took a couple years off to spend some time to understand what Plein Air was really about.  In 2012 he felt comfortable giving it another try and won Honorable Mention in Watercolor/Pastel/Mixed Media. In 2014, he won the People’s Choice Award and in 2015 he was awarded with Escalante River Watershed Project River award, for the best portrayal of the Escalante River.  Whether Ryen is drawing, painting, building, writing, singing, or playing, she is ALWAYS creating. And while Ryen is always up for a new adventure, she has an old world propriety and sense of integrity that is as inspiring as it is humbling.

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Ernie Washee:  Dine (Navajo) silversmith and artist, Ernie Washee was born in Crownpoint, New Mexico and raised by his grandmother in the small community of Mariano Lake, New Mexico.  His clan is Deeshchii’nii (Start of the Red Streak People).  In recent years, Ernie has been influenced by the many rock art motifs and traditional Dine stories of the early people of the Southwest.  Drawing on these inspirations, Ernie has developed a style of work that he calls, “rock art jewelry”.

Art educator and photographer, Paula L. McNeill, divides her time between Valdosta, Georgia, where she is on the art faculty at Valdosta State University and summers in Escalante, Utah, where her family has had a summer home since 1980.  A Southerner by birth, McNeill received her BA in Art from Arizona State University; her MA from the University of New Mexico-Albuquerque; and her Ph.D. from the University of Missouri-Columbia.  With an interest in community-based art, for more than ten years, McNeill has documented the art and lives of visual artists in southern Utah through video-taped oral history interviews.  She has published some of these findings and has made numerous presentations at state and national professional meetings on this topic, including presentations on the Featured Artist for the Escalante Canyons Art Festival since 2004 when the Festival began. At Valdosta State McNeill teaches art education and creativity courses.


September 23, 2016
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
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