Zion National Park Plein Air Artist Invitational, November 1 – 7

Solitude II, a painting by Royden Card

"Solitude II", a painting by Royden Card, one of my favorite Zion artists

November 1st through the 7th, the Zion National History Association will host the 2nd annual plein air artist invitational, “In the Footsteps of Thomas Moran”, celebrating the artistic approach and accomplishments of the legendary plein air painter, and his strong influence on public perception of our National Park System. Twenty-two artists will visit Zion this week, painting from similar viewpoints as Moran did and creating new works of art for everyone to enjoy at a number of public events. Indeed, the whole week is a public event of sorts; the general public is welcomed and encouraged to observe and visit with the artists as the ply their trade along Zion’s hiking trails and pull-outs.

Below is the official announcement from ZNHA, along with the schedule of events. For complete details, including the list of attending artists, events maps, etc., please see the ZNHA website.

The places where Moran painted in Zion Canyon have changed to some extent since he visited in 1873.  The Virgin River has twisted and turned, and trees have grown or toppled during the past 137 years, but seven sites where Moran painted in the park have been pin-pointed from previously unpublished sketches and watercolors.  During the week, invited artists will paint in these locations and interested visitors will be provided site maps for these locations and other “Outside the Footsteps” sites to observe these fine artists from Monday, November 1, through Thursday, November 4, 2010.

A quick draw event will be held on Friday, November 5, at noon for one hour at the Zion Human History Museum.  This will be a unique opportunity for visitors to watch great artists paint from blank canvas to finished piece.  The quick draw artwork will be auctioned off immediately following the event in the lodge auditorium.

The week will culminate with a wet paint sale on Friday evening in the Zion National Park Nature Center.  Each of the Invitational artists will have created three to five pieces of art during the week.  The wet paint sale will continue to the public throughout the weekend.

Proceeds for the weeklong event will benefit the Zion National Park Foundation, in particular the Human History Museum’s gallery, and art education in the Park.
While at Zion, Thomas Moran completed a number of sketches and studies of the landscape, which inspired him to create illustrations and paintings of Zion throughout his life.  Revealing the same enthusiasm for Zion as Moran, the 22 Invitational artists will be hosted in an exhibition of their Zion plein air and studio paintings at the Human History Museum from October 13 through November 29.

Schedule of Events

All events take place in Zion National Park

October 13 – November 29: Human History Museum exhibition

November 1 – 4: “In the Footsteps of Thomas Moran” Plein Air Invitational
Click here for map to locations

November 5: Noon – Quick Draw, auction to follow
Location-Zion Human History Museum

November 5: 7:00 p.m. – By-Invitation Festivity & Wet Paint Sale

November 6 – 7: Public Wet Paint Sale
Location-Zion Nature Center


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One Response to Zion National Park Plein Air Artist Invitational, November 1 – 7

  1. I would be interested in participating in the plein air invitational next year. The tempertures begin to drop here in Montana and it would be a great time to go south. I am familiar with the Canyonlands area and have visited Zion several times.
    Thank you,
    Janet Sullivan
    4839 Scott Allen Dr., Missoula, MT 59803 406-251-0046