Winners at Zion National Park

Michele Usibelli, winner of the PleinAir Magazine Excellence Award. Photo by Stephen Stauffer

Zion is another national park that has spots with very paintable views in all directions. Who singled out a scene to make a winning competition during its recent Plein Air Art Invitational?

Michele Usibelli walked away with the PleinAir Magazine Excellence Award — the best of show honor. Artists’ Choice was won by George Handrahan, while James McGrew earned the Zion National Park Foundation Award. He also won People’s Choice.

George Handrahan, Artists’ Choice winner
George Handrahan, Artists’ Choice winner

The ZNP Superintendent’s Award was won by Gregory Stocks, and Arlene Braithwaite won the Employee Choice Award.

The mid-November event featured more than two dozen painting demos and lectures.

James McGrew won both People’s Choice and the Zion National Park Foundation Award. Photo by Stephen Stauffer
James McGrew won both People’s Choice and the Zion National Park Foundation Award. Photo by Stephen Stauffer

“Art has a very firm place in the history of Zion Canyon and in the story that led to its becoming a national park,” says Lyman Hafen, executive director of the Zion National Park Foundation. “Today, artists, donors, sponsors, and visitors continue that rich tradition, preserving the wonder that is Zion National Park for future generations, and enhancing the experience of everyone who comes here.”

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