Cody DeLong, “Road Less Travelled,” oil, 30 x 30 inches

Fifteen top plein air painters have been invited to create original works of art that will then be exhibited and sold here between July 2 and 6. Who are they, and where?

The Southern Utah Museum of Art will soon host “Chasing Light: Plein Air Festival and Sale,” an exhibition of fresh works by 15 nationally known outdoor painters, created over a period of four days between July 2 and July 6 at Cedar Breaks.

Royden Card, “Sunset Little Babylon,” 22 x 28 inches

Located in the southwestern corner of Utah, the Cedar Breaks National Monument is a plein air painter’s dream. As its website points out, the monument is “situated at an elevation of 10,000 feet and is shaped like a giant coliseum dropping 2,000 feet to its floor.” The formation draws visitors from around the country every year and displays an incredible range of colors. In fact, Native Americans called it the “Circle of Painted Cliffs.”

Arlene Braithwaite, “Spring, Smithsonian Butte,” pastel, 9 x 12 inches, La Fave Gallery

“Deep inside the coliseum are stone spires, columns, arches, pinnacles, and intricate canyons in varying shades of red, yellow, and purple,” the description continues. “The bristlecone pine, one of the world’s oldest trees, grows in the area as well.”

All of this will provide plenty of subject matter for the 15 artists, who include Arlene Braithwaite, Doug Braithwaite, Royden Card, Michelle Condrat, Cody DeLong, Bruce Gomez, George Handrahan, Brad Holt, susiehyer, Mary Jabens, Roland Lee, Valerie Orlemann, Rachel Pettit, Bonnie Posselli, and Ellie Wilson.

Valerie Orlemann, “One Morning at Bryce,” oil, 12 x 9 inches, Artisans Gallery

Works created by this incredible roster of artists will then be exhibited at the Southern Utah Museum of Art beginning July 8, with a Wet Paint Gala and Sale on July 7. The paintings will hang through August 19.

To learn more, visit the Southern Utah Museum of Art.


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