It's never too early to plan a national park escape, and November will be a great time to visit Zion National Park to enjoy not only the colorful fall weather in southern Utah, but also to attend the Sixth Annual Zion National Park Plein Air Art Invitational.
The Zion National Park Foundation will host the invitational, which is set for November 3-9. The event celebrates the role art has played in the creation and history of the park by hosting 24 of the country's finest landscape artists for a week of painting and teaching in the park. The artists will paint plein air (on location) throughout the week in many of the same locations that iconic artists such as Thomas Moran painted when this landscape was first exposed to the American public.
Park visitors during the week will have many unique opportunities to witness great artists at work, as well as attend daily painting demonstrations and lectures.
On Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 8 and 9, the Zion Nature Center will be transformed into an art gallery as more than 150 paintings produced during the week are hung for public exhibit and sale. On Saturday, an exciting 'Paint Out' event will be held 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, making it possible for children from as far away as Las Vegas to visit the park and have a potentially life-changing educational experience.
'Art has a very firm place in the history of Zion Canyon and in the story that led to it becoming a National Park," said Lyman Hafen, the foundation's executive director. "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.'