Judges Talk

LOCATION: Escalante Community Center
September 28, 2018 @ 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.

Arlene Braithwaite

Pastel painter Arlene Braithwaite lives in southwest Utah, surrounded by the landscape that inspires her work. She earned her Master’s degree from the University of Utah, then enjoyed a lengthy career teaching art at Southern Utah University. Braithwaite now paints full time when she isn’t exploring the area’s numerous canyons and expansive plateaus. She shares her love of pastels through presentations and workshops. She has had numerous solo exhibitions including shows at the Utah Museum of Natural History in Salt Lake City, the Springville Museum in Springville, the Jacob Spori Gallery in Rexburg Idaho, and the St Geourge Art Museum, St George. See her work here .

Graham Goff

An artist/architect, from Bozeman, Montana, Graham  is the 2018 Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument Plein Air Artist in Residence.  He will spend the month of September in and around the Escalante Region of GSENM creating art and doing events with the local community and schools.  He will also exhibit the results of his residency and provide additional programs during the art festival.  See his work here.


Gregory Summers 

Born in the Flint Hills, Greg began his professional career at Hallmark Cards. A Master Engraver, he now travels the country to paint plein air. He has served the artistic community as a vice-President of the Greater Kansas City Artists Association and a co-founder of the Missouri Valley Impressionist Society, and the Brush Creek painting competition in Kansas City, Missouri.

Chosen in 2017 by the top American art publications for the “Artists of the New Century” exhibit at the Bennington Art Gallery, Summers has embraced the world of painting outdoors, winning awards from coast to coast alongside the nation’s best plein air and studio artists. Summers teaches painting workshops across the country as well as teaching staff at the Plein Air Convention and Expo. See his work here.