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Zion 2014Saturday, November 15, 2014 by Steve Hill
Filed under: Exhibits and Events

This painting which I titled “Soft Glow” was done en plein air, just after daybreak on Wednesday, November 5th, along the Virgin River where it dips under the “Court of the Patriarchs” during the Sixth Annual Zion National Park Plein Air Painting Invitational.

Twenty four artists from around the U.S. were invited to participate. Everyone worked from dawn to dusk (and even at night) for five days straight, to interpret and paint the canyon lands, from above and below, in what can only be described as frenetic energy, producing well over 300 original works for exhibit and sale Friday, Nov. 8th at the Zion Nature Center. Mediums were oil, water color, acrylic and pastel, which I used for this painting. Art collectors who attended the opening reception numbered in the hundreds and set a park record for sales this year (well over $160,000) that benefit Zion’s Youth Education program each year.

When awards were announced during the opening, I was pleased to learn that my painting was given the Superintendent of Zion National Park Purchase and Cash Award and will be put into the permanent art collection at Zion National Park.
It will hang in perpetuity among others that date back to iconic artist Thomas Moran, whose sketches of the park in the 1880’s became large paintings, influencing President Wm. Howard Taft to declare Zion a national park, to Maynard Dixon and many others who have been given permanent collection status here.

Reader Comments

1. Thursday, December 11, 2014 @ 8:17:54 PM by Margaret Sullivan
Congratulations on the award, Steve! We'll be in Zion next spring and will look for your painting.
2. Saturday, January 24, 2015 @ 12:26:44 PM by Jill
What a beautiful piece, good job Steven. We hope to see you in Zion again next year. We hope Park City is successful for you.
3. Saturday, January 24, 2015 @ 5:04:08 PM by Emily Geyman
Hi Steve, What a magnificent painting of Zion! And congratulations on it now being part of the permanent collection of the park. When I looked at it, before reading the description, I thought "That is a painting I would love to look at all day in my home." But - the Park beat me to it! Emily

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