The Zion Plein Air Invitational celebrates its 10th anniversary with seven days of life-changing art events and experiences led by 24 nationally recognized and award-winning artists – for all ages and interests across Zion Canyon.

Experiences and events include 24 free artist demonstrations on the patio of the Human History Museum November 5-8, public lectures by the leading voices in art, conservation and history, interactive wet-paint exhibits and kids’ programs. Studio pieces from each artist are featured in the Zion Human History Museum, and renderings from the Paint Out event and Silent Auction will be featured Saturday at the Zion Lodge. The Plein Air pieces painted during the week will available for sale at the museum over the weekend.

“The Plein Air event provides an opportunity for visitors to appreciate the beauty of Zion in new ways through the impressions of these talented artists,” comments Jeff Bradybaugh, Superintendent, Zion National Park. “Their work continues to enhance our perpetual steward­ship of this wonderful sanctuary we recognize as Zion National Park.”

The artists are part of a group of art enthusiasts who call themselves “plein air” painters. “En plein air” is a term attributed to the 19th century French Impressionists whose desire to capture the light drew the artists outdoors where they painted the landscape “in the open air.”

The Plein Air event takes place November 5-11 when the weather is cool, the crowds are down, and the bright reds and yellows of autumn decorate Zion Canyon. It has been described as a week-long celebration for painters, park visitors, and collectors who revel in the smorgasbord of free daily programs including one-hour painting demonstrations from every artist, nightly seminars and a popular silent auction.

From dawn to dusk each day artists can be seen painting throughout Zion, and they don’t mind park visitors stopping for a quick visit while they work. All paintings created on location during the invitational are offered for sale by week’s end.

On Wednesday, November 7, the Zion Forever Project is hosting an Evening with Bill Cramer, the featured artist for the 2018 Zion Plein Air Invitational. This event is made possible through partnership with the SpringHill Suites Marriott in Springdale, where the lecture will take place at 6:30 p.m.

On Saturday and Sunday, more than 150 framed paintings created during the week will be on sale to the public in the auditorium of the Zion Human History Museum. There’s also the Saturday Paint Out, a timed event where all the invited artists paint together in one outdoor location and have just a few hours to complete a finished painting. Collectors hustle around to view all the paintings in progress and be the first to buy a piece on the spot.

Lyman Hafen, Executive Director of the Zion National Park Forever Project, 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.”

Although the public art events are free, park entry fees still apply. More information is avail­able online at www.zionpark.org or by calling 435-772-3264.

The Zion Forever Project is the park’s official nonprofit partner. To learn more, visit zionpark.org.