Plein Air Invitational at Zion National Park
Steve Stauffer is one of 24 artists providing a free one-hour painting demonstration in Zion Canyon November 5–11, 2018

Twenty-four award-winning artists will provide in-park demonstrations, interactive wet-paint exhibits, and special receptions with proceeds benefiting Zion’s education programs — connecting thousands of children to the Zion experience.

From the organizers:

It has been remarked that it takes an acre of canvas to get one good painting. That every painting is about solving a problem. That Zion’s landscape should be considered a verb.

Come every November, twenty-four artists, through their work and voices, remind park guests of the transformational power that Zion retains within its aquifers of sandstone. In the immediacy of their art, they show all of us that the beauty of this landscape is right now, just as it was to Thomas Moran and Frederick Dellenbaugh more than one hundred years ago.

Plein Air Invitational at Zion National Park
Bill Cramer is the featured artist for the 10th Annual Plein Air Invitational in Zion National Park

“We invite you to come witness, enjoy, and learn from our twenty-four acclaimed landscape artists, as they share their talents and insight within the sacred backdrop of Zion National Park,” said Superintendent Jeff Bradybaugh.

The week-long event starts on November 5 and culminates on November 10, 2018, with the “Art in the Park” Paint Out celebration on the great lawn in front of the historic Zion Lodge.

Plein Air Invitational at Zion National Park
The highlight of the week’s events is the Paint Out at the Zion Lodge on Saturday, November 10

Experiences and events include in-park demonstrations, instructive evening lectures, and interactive wet-paint exhibits. Studio pieces from each artist are featured in the Zion Human History Museum, and renderings from the Paint Out event and Silent Auction will be featured Saturday at the Zion Lodge. The plein air pieces painted during the week will also be on sale at the museum over the weekend.

“We are pleased to introduce the 24 participating artists for Zion National Park’s 10th Annual Plein Air Invitational” comments Mark Preiss, Director, Zion Forever Project. “They represent the best and brightest artists painting in this form today. Their talent and skills inspire us, and we are pleased to welcome them to Zion this November.”

Plein Air Invitational at Zion National Park
24 acclaimed artists will be painting in the park throughout the week, with proceeds benefiting Zion National Park.
Plein Air Invitational at Zion National Park
Artist Shanna Kunz couldn’t have asked for a more gorgeous subject to paint during her demonstration in 2017.

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  1. Four days of demonstrations and instruction by these experienced, landscape artists- it’s been better than a free conference. We have all learned so much. Thanks so much for including this particular format for us! We loved it.


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