More than two dozen artists gathered in beautiful Zion National Park, in Utah, for a plein air invitational competition in early November. Here’s a wrap-up.
Gregory Stocks won the PleinAir Magazine award for best overall body of work created during the event, which ran from November 2-8. John Cogan won the Foundation Award, which means he will be the featured artist at next year’s Zion National Park Plein Air Invitational, an honor that brings significant exposure.

Michelle Condrat with the demo painting she was completing

Hai-Ou Hou

George Handrahan

The Artists’ Choice was Bruce Gomez, while the People’s Choice went to James McGrew. Royden Card won the Superintendents Award, which means his piece will go into the permanent collection at the Zion National Park Museum of Natural History. Suze Woolf won Employee Choice, voted on by employees of the National Park Service, Zion National History Association, and the Zion National Park Foundation.

Bruce Gomez, winner of Artists’ Choice

Gregory Stocks

John Cogan, winner of the Foundation Award

Lectures were held each evening, and more than 20 artists painted demos during the days.


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