‘Plein Air,’ ‘Festival of Flavors’ events offer art demos, tastings, kids activities

CEDAR CITY — Cedar Breaks National Monument invites all to participate in the inaugural “Plein Air” event, taking place Tuesday through Saturday at the national monument.

Forty percent of the event’s proceeds will benefit youth programs through the Zion National Park Foundation.

Art demonstrations

Local artists J. Brad Holt, Mary Jabens and Valerie Orlemann have been chosen to paint in Cedar Breaks National Monument and the Brian Head area throughout July.

The artists will demonstrate their processes and answer questions Tuesday through Thursday, 10 a.m.-noon. Orlemann will demonstrate Tuesday, Holt on Wednesday and Jabens on Thursday. The demonstrations will be given at Point Supreme, adjacent to the Cedar Breaks visitors center.

Art created during the plein air event will be available for sale at the “Festival of Flavors,” Friday and Saturday at Giant Steps Lodge in Brian Head.

Art preview and tasting competition

On Friday from 5 p.m.-midnight, Giant Steps Lodge will host the Plein Air art preview and gourmet tasting competition. This will be a more intimate event with no door fee and numerous types of food and drink to sample, plus live music.

Friday will also be an opportunity for first pick of some great art, sold from 5-8 p.m.

“Festival of Flavors”

The “Festival of Flavors” will open Saturday, 11 a.m.-midnight. The tasting competition will be over, but the same food and drinks will be available for sampling.

Plein air paintings and many other types of art will also be on display. Plein air artwork will be sold from 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

There will also be live music and activities for kids; artisan food trucks and vendors; beverages from local breweries, distilleries and wineries; rides; and games.

Event details

  • What: “Plein Air” event
  • When: Tuesday-Saturday, July 28-Aug. 1
  • Where: Cedar Breaks National Monument
  • Contact: 435-586-9451 or 435-586-0787
  • Plein Air event website

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