Artists Announced for the 2015 Zion National Park Plein Air Art Invitational

The selection committee for the Zion National Park Plein Air event has announced the artists who will participate in the 2015 Plein Air Art Invitational. The twenty-four selected artists will spend the week of November 2-8 in Zion National Park painting approximately 300 pieces in preparation for the public wet paint sale. All proceeds support education programs in Zion National Park including the Concrete to Canyons program.

The artists who will paint in Zion National Park for a week are listed below. We invite you to visit their websites to get acquainted with their work and individual styles. Each will paint Zion with unique qualities. Plan to visit Zion National Park during the plein air event and witness the creation of masterpieces at the daily demonstrations, and see the artists paint plein air throughout the park.

Royden Card                    Acrylic

John D. Cogan                               Acrylic

Michelle Condrat                Oil

Bill Cramer                     www.              Oil

Cody DeLong                                Oil

Bruce Gomez                         Pastel

George Handrahan             Oil

Steven Hill                        Pastel

Brad Holt                                          Oil

Hai-Ou Hou                                Oil

Colleen Howe                              Oil/Pastel

Ron Larson                             Oil

Roland Lee                                        Watercolor

Nancy Lewis                           Pastel

Richard Lindenberg               Oil

John Lintott                                    Oil

James McGrew             Oil

Rachel Pettit                                  Oil

Hadley Rampton                   Oil

Julia Seelos                         Oil

Gregory Stocks                         Oil

Susiehyer                               Oil

Jim Wodark                                   Oil

Suze Woolf                         Watecolor

Photo by Tif Hafen: Michelle Condrat at Saturday paint-out, 2014

Concrete to Canyons Youth Program


“For four days and three nights, students and teachers engaged in ranger-led hikes and activities throughout the park…” Etched, a local magazine, recounts the story of students participating in Concrete to Canyons, one of Zion National Park’s youth educational programs.


DSC_4889_1.97m_300dpi_edited-1Read the Etched Magazine Article to see how partnerships between the National Park Service, non-profit organizations, and schools come together to give inner-city kids an opportunity to visit a national park – many for the first time.

Help educate, inspire and connect kids to parks…contribute today.

Photos courtesy of NPS:

Top: Students share their impressions of Weeping Rock with Ranger Eleanor.

Right: In camp – the program brought together students, parent chaperons, teachers and rangers.

Left: Rangers Eleanor and Caroline help students build miniature canyons along the river to show weathering and erosion when water is added.

Zion Spring Event: Celebrate the National Parks in Your Backyard

ZNHA members and all friends of Zion National Park are invited to a National Park Open House at the Dixie Center in St. George, Utah, Monday, April 20, from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. The event is free to the public and designed to help people young and old learn more about, and connect to Zion National Park, as well as Cedar Breaks and Pipe Spring National Monuments.

Sponsored by the Zion National Park Foundation and the St. George Area Tourism Office, the event will include booths and information stations in the Dixie Center Garden Room featuring Zion National Park, as well as Cedar Breaks and Pipe Spring National Monuments. There will also be light refreshments and a silent auction of unique and meaningful items relating to the parks.

According to Jill Burt, director of operations and development for the Zion National Park Foundation, the event is designed to make it handy for people to stop by on their way home from work, or bring the whole family. “It will be an informal, come and go, evening,” she said. “Folks will have a chance to personally meet the new superintendent of Zion National Park, Jeff Bradybaugh, as well as Superintendent Paul Roelandt of Cedar Breaks, and Superintendent John Hiscock of Pipe Spring,” she said.

Park rangers, volunteers and partners will be on hand to share the latest activities and initiatives in the parks, including the Zion National Park Plein Air Artist Invitational, and Zion’s Youth Education Initiative which is touching the lives of thousands of area children. There will be information on how people can volunteer in the parks, and other ways to make a difference.

Lyman Hafen, executive director of the Zion National Park Foundation, explained the focus of the event is to give local residents a chance to learn more about what’s happening in our nearby parks, how they affect us, and how we can support them. “There are many ways we as residents of this area can connect to the parks,” he said, “and it starts by getting to know these places better, and becoming familiar with all they offer and the issues they face. We’re truly fortunate to live so close to three amazing units of the National Park system. In little more than an hour, we can be in Zion, Cedar Breaks, or Pipe Spring – places millions of people from all around the world visit each year,” he said. “How much do we really know about what we have in our own backyard, and what are the ways we can help support or enhance these places that mean so much to us, not only scenically and culturally, but economically, as well?”

Jill Burt added, “As the entire nation celebrates the National Park System during the week of April 20, residents of southern Utah will have a unique opportunity to form a closer tie to parks in their own backyard by attending this open house.”

For more information, contact Zion Natural History Association at 435-772-3264.

Photo by Impact Photographics.