Zion National Park Picture, Zion Natural History Association logo

Zion Plein Air Art Event 2013

Fifth Annual Plein Air Artist Invitational at Zion National Park

Angel's Landing by Artist Brad Holt

• Free Daily Demonstrations
• Paint Out and Auction
• Buyers Preview and Sale

All events take place in Zion National Park unless noted.
Lectures are free and are held in the Zion Lodge Auditorium.

Demonstrations are free and are held on the patio of the Zion Human History Museum.
(Entrance fee to Zion National Park applies.)


Zion Lodge, Zion National Park


November 5 - Tuesday
7:00 p.m. Lecture: Michelle Haas
The Role of Art in Landscape Conservation

November 6 - Wednesday
7:00 p.m. Lecture: Rebbecca Fogg
Zion Artist-in-Residence

November 7 - Thursday
7:00 p.m. Lecture: Polly Schaafsma
Prehistoric Rock Art

November 8 - Friday
7:00 p.m. Invitation-only
Art Patrons Preview and Purchase
Awards presentation

November 9 - Saturday
9:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Zion Nature Center
Public Wet Paint Exhibit & Sale

10:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Artist Appreciation Brunch
Zion Lodge

11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Zion Lodge - Paint Out
2:00 p.m. Paint Out Sale

5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Springdale Main Street
Gallery Art Walk

5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Canyon Community Center
Zion Through a Different Lens

November 10 - Sunday
9:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Zion Nature Center
Artist Quick Finish Painting

9:00 a.m. - Noon
Zion Nature Center
Public Wet Paint Exhibit & Sale

November 11 - Monday
9:00 a.m. - Noon
Zion Nature Center
Public Wet Paint Exhibit & Sale

Lectures will be held in the Zion Lodge Auditorium.  


November 4 - Monday
10:00 a.m. - John Cogan - Acrylic
11:00 a.m. - Buffalo Kaplinski - Watercolor
1:00 p.m. - George Handrahan - Oil
2:00 p.m. - Peter Nisbet - Oil
3:00 p.m. - Cody DeLong - Oil

November 5 - Tuesday
10:00 a.m. - J. Brad Holt - Oil
11:00 a.m. - Rachel Pettit - Oil
1:00 p.m. - Roland Lee - Watercolor
2:00 p.m. - Hai-Ou Hou - Oil
3:00 p.m. - Bill Cramer - Oil

November 6 - Wednesday
10:00 a.m. - Michelle Condrat - Oil
11:00 a.m. - Donal Jolley - Watercolor
1:00 p.m. - Greg LaRock - Oil
2:00 p.m. - Bruce Gomez - Pastel
3:00 p.m. - Gregory Stocks - Oil

November 7 - Thursday
10:00 a.m. - Stephen C. Datz - Oil
11:00 a.m. - Suze Woolf - Watercolor
1:00 p.m. - Steven Hill - Pastel
2:00 p.m. - Mitch Baird - Oil
3:00 p.m. - Linda Glover Gooch - Oil

November 8 - Friday
10:00 a.m. - Spike Ress - Watercolor
11:00 a.m. - Doug Braithwaite - Oil
12:00 a.m. - Dennis Farris - Oil
1:00 p.m. - Dave Santillanes - Oil

Demonstrations will be held at the Zion Human History Museum.

Celebrating iconic artist Thomas Moran’s place in the history of Zion Canyon, the Zion National Park Foundation will host the fifth annual “In the Footsteps of Thomas Moran Plein Air Art Invitational,” November 3 – November 11, 2013. 

The event will bring together 24 of the country’s finest landscape artists to paint in the places Moran sketched in Zion Canyon.  The artists will lodge in the town of Springdale, Utah, and will paint plein air (on location) throughout the week at the same vantage points where Moran first made his Zion sketches.  Park visitors will have many unique opportunities during the week to witness these great artists at work in the park and at FREE daily demonstrations and lectures.

An exhibit of the artists’ studio work will hang in the Zion Human History Museum for a month before the event.  Invited artists will arrive in the canyon on November 3rd and paint through Monday, November 11th.  Visitors can observe artists painting at scheduled demonstrations as well as in areas through out the park. 

On the evening of Friday, November 8th, the Zion Nature Center will be converted into an art gallery as more than 130 paintings produced during the week will be hung for a sale to invited guests.  During the evening, generous purchase awards will be announced. The wet paint sale continues for the general public on Saturday through Monday, November 9th - 11th, at the Nature Center.

On Saturday, November 9th, 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 pm, a “paint out” event will be held on the Zion Lodge lawn beneath Zion Canyon’s towers of stone.  Artists are invited to bring their paints to the park and to paint amoung the invited artists. For the general public this is a highly enjoyable event, well worth a visit to the park. A lively sale of the invited artists "paint out" painting will accompany this event.

Proceeds from the event go to the Zion National Park Foundation and support important projects in Zion National Park.  This year, funds raised by the event will support Zion’s ongoing “Art in the Park” programs, and the park’s “Youth Education Initiative,” making it possible for children throughout the area to visit the park and have a potentially life-changing educational experience. 

This event combines art and philanthropy, both of which played a crucial role in the formation of national parks like Zion.  Make plans now to visit during this wonderful event and witness artists and supporters of the park continue this rich tradition, preserving the wonder that is Zion National Park for future generations.



State of Utah           St George Utah               Fine Art Con       Plein Air Magazine

All events take place in Zion National Park. Entry fee to park applies.

Call 435-772-3264 during business hours to have your name included on the list for the Buyer's Preview. Donors interested in contributing to a purchase award please contact Lyman Hafen at 435-772-3264 or email Lyman at znha@infowest.com.

See painting locations here.


Web Site Design & Development by CMS Geeks
2003-5 Zion Natural History Association
ZNHA Web Chairman: Roland Lee