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Zion National Park's Plein Air Art Invitation Scheduled For November


Eternal Majesty was painted by James McGrew, the featured artist for the 2017 Zion Plein Air Art Invitational

Zion National Park and the Zion National Park Foundation have finalized the dates, event locations, and artists for the 2017 Plein Air Art Invitational. The week-long event is to start on Monday, November 6, and culminate on Saturday, November 11, with the “Art-In-The-Park” Paint Out and Silent Auction event held on the grounds of the Zion Lodge.

During the week, artists can be seen throughout the Park producing paintings as they naturally exist in that moment – Plein Air style painting. The artists will paint in an assortment of mediums, including watercolor, oil, pastels, and acrylic. Painting demonstrations, lectures, and opportunities to buy art will also be included in the week’s event.

Each artist will exhibit two studio pieces for sale in the Zion Human History Museum from September 1 to the close out of the event. Renderings from the Paint Out event and Silent Auction can be purchased Saturday at the Zion Lodge. The Plein Air pieces painted during the week will also be on sale at the Museum over the weekend.

Proceeds from the event support Zion National Park’s Art and Youth Initiatives.

“As Zion National Park’s official nonprofit partner, we are proud to host the 9th annual Plein Air Art event with our park partner,” said Mark Preiss, director of the Zion Project. “This project sustains the park’s heritage of art, while proceeds help us give thousands of our area school children once in a lifetime experiences in Zion National Park every season.”

The 24 acclaimed artists that have been invited to participate in this year’s event are:

  • Joshua Been, oil, Salida, CO
  • Arlene Braithwaite, pastel, Cedar City, UT
  • John D. Cogan, acrylic, Farmington, NM
  • Michelle Condrat, oil, SLC, UT
  • Bill Cramer, oil, Prescott, AZ
  • Cody DeLong, oil, Cottonwood, AZ
  • Bruce Gómez, pastel, Denver, CO
  • George Handrahan, oil, Layton, UT
  • J. Brad Holt, oil, Cedar City, UT
  • Mary Jabens, oil, Cedar City, UT
  • William Scott Jennings, oil, Louisville, CO
  • Shanna Kunz, oil, Ogden, UT
  • John Lintott, oil, Grand Junction, CO
  • James McGrew (featured artist), oil, Lake Oswego, OR
  • Meredith Nemirov, watercolor, Ridgeway, CO
  • Aaron Schuerr, pastel/oil, Livingston, MT
  • Steve Stauffer, oil, Murray, UT
  • Gregory Stocks, oil, Cottonwood, AZ
  • Paula Swain, oil, SLC, UT
  • Michele Usibelli, oil/acrylic, Woodway, WA
  • Kimbal Warren, oil, Mapleton, UT
  • Ellie Wilson, oil, Provo, UT
  • Suze Woolf, watercolor, Seattle, WA
  • William Wright, watercolor, Stevenson, MD

“The Plein Air Event ties us to the park’s artistic heritage in a powerful and accessible way,” said Zion Superintendent Jeff Bradybaugh. “Through the eyes of our artists, we constantly gain new perspective and understanding about why Zion matters, and the importance of its protection for everyone forever.”


I purchased a painting last year at the gala. I did not receive an invite this year. Why?

Did you contact the appropriate people who would have done that?


NPT here is only an online magazine that is about and is supportive of the parks.

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