There are numerous opportunities throughout the festival for art patrons to purchase art and items made by artists and artisans from near and far.
10:00 am - 6:00 pm
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; and after a year in the classroom, she became an art educator. The world of art opened a deep passion for creativity and renewed awareness of expression, something she always has sought. She has spent the month of September in and around the Escalante Region creating art and doing events with the local community and schools. This exhibits highlights the work produced while in residence.
Unbounded Impressionism is Carol’s oil painting style, meaning unhindered and having no limits. Using primary colors of red, yellow, and blue along with white, Carol is able to mix secondary and tertiary hues of harmonious blends on her palette before making her painting marks. Carol’s brushwork is bold and direct laying down rich unrestrained thick strokes onto the canvas surface. She works alla prima, finishing a painting in one setting.
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. See more of her work here.
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 exhibit is a great venue for purchasing art and seeing how the region’s rural and natural landscapes have been interpreted and captured on canvas or paper by artists from near and far. Most works are for sale via direct sales or the silent auction that closes on Saturday evening.
10:00 am - 6:00 pm
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 Texas A & I, but is basically a self-taught artist. Her interest shifted to the Fine Arts in about 1978 and she began studying drawing, painting and composition. Always attracted to the textures of fabric and stitching she was inspired to use her applique technique as an art form.
Ruthanne’s work is in both national and international private and public collections and she has won numerous awards for her art. Recently she has been experimenting with alcohol inks and won the First Place Experimental Award in 2018 at the Wild Rivers Paint Out in Questa, New Mexico for Basalt, painted near the Rio Grande Gorge outside Taos, New Mexico. She has exhibited at the Anasazi State Park Museum in Boulder, Utah, Red Canyon Visitor’s Center and numerous other locations throughout the U.S. In 2019 she exhibited her 12 inches by 12 inches quilted and appliqued cloth book pages from Eryn’s Search at the Initial Point Gallery in Meridian, Idaho. , Eryn’s Search is a loosely autobiographical children’s book about Eryn who searches for her roots in Ireland. The most rewarding part of her career has been teaching art at Escalante Elementary School where she still volunteers some arts and crafts classes.
Ruthanne lives in Escalante, Utah and works in her Sun Spirit Studio where she creates appliqued and embroidered wall hangings, watercolor paintings and wearable art. For the last four years Ruthanne has served as Chairperson of the Plein Air Competition for Escalante Canyons Art Festival.
BRADLEY C. SPENCER, ESCALANTE, UT
Bradley started painting about twelve years ago. He is, for the most part, a self-taught artist, though he has taken workshops from Oklahoma painter and teacher on Jerry Yarnell’s PBS TV program “Paint This” where one can do a painting in one sitting at your personal level. Spencer has also studied with Doug Braithwaite in Driggs, Idaho, Stephen Stauffer and R. Gregory Summers who helped him understand how to mix primary colors and use the four color palette he now uses. Brad has also been inspired by Cedar City painter Brad Holt for Holt’s simpler plein air style without too much detail. When Spencer was younger, he spent a lot of time doing woodworking, but is presently concentrating on painting with a limited palette in oils. He lives and works in his studio in Escalante, Utah.
Bradley has had several two-person shows at the Anasazi State Park Museum in Boulder, Utah and Red Canyon Visitor’s Center. He also competes each year in the Escalante Canyons Art Festival Plein Air Competition and Wild Rivers New Mexico Plein Air Paint Out.
10:00 am - 6:00 pm
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 goods and an array of items can be found.
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 Sales Tent, artists are encouraged to volunteer to assist with staffing the booth on Friday or Saturday. The volunteer sign-up to schedule time slots will be available at Artist Stamp-In.
This no-host breakfast at the close out the festival on Sunday is the last opportunity to purchase art from festival artists.