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In the Footsteps of Thomas Moran 2012

Fourth Annual Plein Air Artist Invitational at Zion National Park

Angel's Landing by Artist Brad Holt

• Free Daily Demonstrations
• Quick Draw 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 4 - Sunday
All day Peter Nisbet Workshop
$250 per person, limit 12, register through Zion Canyon Field Institute
800-635-3959 and www.zionpark.org

November 6 - Tuesday

7:00 pm Lecture:
Christopher Gezon “Art and the Preservation of Our National Parks”

November 7 - Wednesday
7:00 pm Lecture: Susan McGarry
Former editor at Southwest Art Magazine - Zion editor for “Interpreting Zion: Chaos to Harmony”

November 8 - Thursday
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Buyers Preview of Masters Paintings
LaFave Gallery
(Note: The LaFave Gallery is located at
1214 Zion Park Boulevard, Springdale, Ut)

November 9 - Friday
7:00 pm Invitation-only
Art Patrons Preview and Purchase Awards presentation

November 10 - Saturday
9:00 am – 7:00 pm
Zion Nature Center
Public Wet Paint Exhibit and Sale
1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
Quick Draw at Zion Lodge with auction immediately following in Zion Lodge 2nd floor
Public voting for favorite artist and award
7:00 pm Lecture: Alan Petersen, Curator of Fine Art Museum of Northern Arizona
“Gunnar Widforss, Painter of the National Parks”

November 11 - Sunday
9:00 am – 7:00 pm
Zion Nature Center
Public Wet Paint Exhibit and Sale

November 12 - Monday
9:00 am – 12:00 noon
Zion Nature Center
Public Wet Paint Exhibit and Sale  

Lectures will be held in the Zion Lodge Auditorium.  


November 5 - Monday
11 am Mark Bangerter - watercolor
12 noon Cody DeLong - oils
1 pm Brad Holt - oils
2 pm Anne Weiler-Brown - abstract oils

November 6 - Tuesday
11 am Joshua Been - oils
12 noon George Handrahan - oils
1 pm Roland Lee - watercolor
2 pm Kate Starling - oils

November 7 - Wednesday
11 am Linda Glover Gooch - oils
12 noon David Koch - oils
1 pm Mike Kowalski - watercolor
2 pm Michael Obermeyer - oils

November 8 - Thursday
11 am John Cogan - oils
12 noon Damien Gonzales - oils
1 pm Donal Jolley - watercolor
2 pm Dave Santillanes - oils

November 9 - Friday
11 am Arlene Braithwaite - pastels
12 noon Bill Cramer - oils
1 pm Gloria Miller Allen - watercolor
2 pm Kathleen Strukoff - oils

November 11 - Sunday
11 am Linda Dellandre - pastels
12 noon W. Scott Jennings - oils
1 pm Becky Joy - oils
2 pm Buffalo Kaplinski - watercolor

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 fourth annual “In the Footsteps of Thomas Moran Plein Air Art Invitational,” November 4 – November 12, 2012. 

The event will bring together 25 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.

Peter Nisbet will conduct a day-long workshop for those visitors looking for a more in-depth art education experience. This workshop will be fee based and limited in size.

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 4th and paint through Monday, November 12.  Site maps will be available for visitors indicating where they can view the artists at work. 

On the evening of Friday, November 9th, 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 10th - 12th, at the Nature Center.

In the early afternoon on Saturday, November 10th, 1:00 - 2:30 pm, a “quick-draw” event will be held on the Zion Lodge lawn beneath Zion Canyon’s towers of stone.  This is a highly enjoyable event, well worth a visit to the park. A lively auction of the quick-draw pieces will follow.

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.



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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.


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