Zion National Park holds Plein Air Art Invitational, artists paint on location

ZION NATIONAL PARK — The Zion National Park Foundation will host the seventh annual “Zion National Park Plein Air Art Invitational” throughout the week highlighting the role art has played in the creation and history of the park by hosting 23 of the country’s finest landscape artists for a week of painting and teaching in the park.

Monday through Sunday, artists will paint plein air (on location) in many of the same locations that iconic artists such as Thomas Moran painted when Zion’s landscape was first exposed to the American public. Park visitors will have many unique opportunities to witness great artists at work as well as attend daily painting demonstrations and lectures.

Saturday and Sunday, the Zion Human History Museum Auditorium will be transformed into an art gallery as more than 150 paintings produced during the week are hung for public exhibit and sale.

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An exciting “Paint Out” event will be held Saturday on the lawn in front of the Zion Lodge, beneath Zion Canyon’s towers of stone. During the “Paint Out,” visitors can purchase the amazing paintings produced by the invitational artists as they are being painted.

Event proceeds go to the Zion National Park Foundation to support important projects in the park, including the successful Zion Youth Education Initiative that makes it possible for children from as far away as Las Vegas to visit the park and have a potentially life-changing educational experience.

Lyman Hafen, executive director of the Zion National Park Foundation, said:

Art has a very firm place in the history of Zion Canyon and in the story that led to it becoming a national park. 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.

For more information about the event, go online or phone 435-772-3264.

Event details

  • What: Zion National Park Plein Air Art Invitational
  • When: Monday-Sunday, Nov. 2-8
  • Where: Various locations, Zion National Park

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