My painting “Virgin River Guardian” won a top purchase award of $1600 at last night's opening reception for the Zion National Park Plein Air Painting Competition.
The event was attended by several hundred guests who enjoyed seeing the results (@150 paintings from 24 artists) from the week-long paint out in this spectacular national park.
I am posting my unsold (and favorite) pieces still available during the exhibit, which ends Monday at noon at the Zion Nature Center Gallery. I will continue to paint Through Monday . If you are interested in purchasing any please email email@example.com
Prepping for Zion Plein Air Invitational event
Lots of packing and driving from Lopez Island, Washington for this much anticipated event- @ 1400 miles. Today we simply rode the bus through the park and spent the entire afternoon hiking/exploring only 2 spots along the way.
The looks on the faces of every hiker along the trail were just as happy as mine and seemed to reflect the special aura of this place . . . maybe a greater connection with ourselves in an environment removed from all we know. Whatever it is, I am just as ready to respond with a few strokes of pigment in my own concert with the ancient painters whose work is still visible on the walls.
If we have learned anything, at all, it is here to see.
I have been invited, as one of twenty four nationally recognized artists, to participate in the 5th Annual “Zion National Park Plein Air Art Invitational”, November 4-11, 2013, at Zion National Park, in Utah.
The event “In the Footsteps of Thomas Moran” is the biggest annual public event at Zion. Each of the 24 artists are expected to finish at least 8 plein air paintings during the course of one week, as well as present a live, narrated painting demo for the public at the park headquarters. My live demo will be November 7th, at the Zion Nature Center.
Thousands of park visitors observe the artists, as they paint “en plein air” at this spectacular venue. A special collective exhibit plus quick draw competition will be held November 9, 10 & 11th, when the artists turn-in the work they have completed. There are also free lectures like “The Role of Art in Landscape Conservation” and “Pre-historic Rock Art” among others.
www.zionpark.org to see a list of the other artists and for complete event details.
This Q&A Interview was just published on the Colorfin Corporation e-news list, and features some of my latest plein air work, using my favorite medium, “Pan Pastels”.
Read it here: http://paintdrawblend.com/2013/10/steven-hill/
I hope you enjoy reading as much as I enjoyed painting!
As a signature member of The Puget Sound Group of Northwest Painters , I am participating in the group's annual 2013 Benefit Art Auction, Saturday, October 19 at The Seattle Design Center, 1-5 p.m.
This is our annual “members' dues” auction that funds the organization and makes us able to donate major art scholarship monies to northwest schools. All members must donate one framed, finished original work of art to this auction, every year, as our dues.
My donation, this year, is “Marking Time and Pushing 100”, pictured here. I did this en plein air at the old Davis Homestead, on Lopez Island, four years ago and consider it to be one of my best ever plein air pieces. It's fitting that the old farm house did actually turn 100 this year, and was featured on the Lopez Island Home Tour. The original pastel is in a beautiful gold frame (18.5 x 22.5”) with non-glare museum glass and carries a market value of $1800.
Seattle Design Center is located at 5701 6th Avenue – the gallery and auction will be found on the second Floor Plaza Building. Preview art on-line at www.psgart.org or in person at SDC. There will be catered food and refreshments, as well. The live auction starts at 3:30 p.m. Reservations are required ($25), due by October 12th . . . and can be made on-line by email: Charles@charlesfawcett.com
425-985-6279 for more info.
Friday, October 4, from 6-9 p.m.
420 Commercial Avenue, Anacortes, WA
I will have eight new works from my recent plein air painting excursions on exhibit at the gallery, through September 25.
From the Lopez Island Historical Society:
We're pleased that Steve chose the Sally J as his subject to commemorate the Lopez Museum's 40th anniversary. The Sally J is an important part of Lopez Island's rich maritime history. Built as a gillnetter for Bastian Jevick on the Duwamish River in 1930, the Sally J's unique design helped her to become one of the most successful boats in the Lopez fishing fleet. In later years, the Sally J was used off Stuart Island in an experimental nori seaweed farming venture. She returned to Lopez Island in November 1996 and is now displayed at the Lopez Museum.
Please visit our website to purchase your tickets: http://www.lopezmuseum.org
The 17th Annual Labor Day Artists' Studio Tour will be this Saturday and Sunday, (8/31 & 9/1). I'll have more than 100 original paintings (as well as some new figurative drawings) with many new pieces from recent plein air painting forays around the islands, the U.S. and Europe.
We are hosting a special “Studio Tour Preview Party” for collectors and patrons, with attractive discounts on all sales this Friday, August 30th from 5-8 p.m. at our home and gallery.
This year, we're featuring a special raffle drawing and live auction of 2 original pastel paintings I created especially for the Lopez Island Historical Society featuring the Sally J, a gill net boat now retired and on permanent display at the museum. Proceeds from the raffle and auction benefit the Lopez Island Historical Society.
http://www.islandsweekly.com/news/217178271.html to read.
The LIHS Museum board and I are very grateful and quite honored to have celebrity auctioneer, Sharon Friel, volunteer her time to host this special live auction at the party! Sharon will auction whichever Sally J painting isn't drawn during the raffle.
We recently mailed invitations to our gallery list of patrons and collectors, and we would also like to invite any blog subscribers who wish to attend this special event at our home and gallery. It is by invitation only, so please email your rsvp, by Tuesday, August 27th, if you would like to attend. We can also accommodate a few bidders online. This requires a bit of set-up, so please contact us as soon as possible if you can't attend, but would like to bid.
Tickets for the raffle may also still be purchased, either at the Lopez Island Historical Museum, at their website: http://www.lopezmuseum.org/ or at Windswept Fine Art Gallery, until the drawing takes place at the party.