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Worthington GalleryFriday, November 27, 2015 by Steve Hill
Filed under: Exhibits and Events
Virgin River Action
Virgin River Action
I am very excited and honored to have my paintings from Zion National Park represented by Worthington Gallery in Springdale, Utah. In business for 40 years, Worthington Gallery is one of the premier fine art sales galleries in the southwest. This newly expanded gallery offers high quality artwork in many mediums, from pottery, sculpture and glass to oils, watercolors, acrylics and pastel – all underscoring the gallery’s deep commitment to exhibit artwork influenced by the vast desert and canyon lands of southern Utah, especially Zion National Park.

I have eleven pastels done from my past three years of plein air painting trips to Zion, now at the gallery, and continue to work on larger Zion pieces from my studio.

“Virgin River Action” (pictured here - 18x15 framed) was completed November 7, 2015, near the entrance to the narrows canyon and is priced at $800.

Stop by Worthington Gallery at 789 Zion Park Boulevard in Springdale, Utah (open daily year-round) and be sure to visit their web site for updates and images of my work at the gallery. Artists are listed alphabetically by first name on the gallery web site.

Summer Glory, Mt. Baker
Summer Glory, Mt. Baker
I am very pleased and honored to announce that one of my plein air paintings “Summer Glory II” received the juror's award at The 2015 Northwest Pastel Society Members Exhibit on Vashon Island, WA, from Jennifer Evenhus. The award came with a beautiful 48 color landscape set of Holbein Artists’ Soft Pastel sticks by Holbein Company in Williston, VT., which are among the finest pastel sticks on the market and already put to good use in my studio!

Plein Air Passion
Plein Air Passion
One other painting “Plein Air Passion” which was done in September at Olympic National Park was also accepted into the NPS members’ exhibit. The show hangs at Vashon Allied Arts Gallery, 19704 Vashon Highway, sw on Vashon Island, through November 28th.
Unfortunately, I missed the show opening because I was one of twenty four artists participating in the 7th Annual Zion National Park Plein Air Invitational, that same weekend in southern Utah. More on the Zion event in my next blog.

2015 Zion National ParkThursday, October 29, 2015 by Steve Hill
Filed under: Exhibits and Events
Rock Woven Light Sinawava
Rock Woven Light Sinawava
The 7th Annual 2015 Zion National Park Plein Air Invitational is Monday, November 2 -Sunday November 8th.

I am one of 24 artists selected nationwide to paint at Zion. This is my 3rd consecutive year to be invited back to this fantastic painting locale and event! Last year, my painting “Soft Glow” won the park superintendent’s purchase award and now hangs in their permanent collection.

The piece here “Rock Woven Light, Sinawava” is my studio piece for the exhibit and measures 33.5 x 27.5 framed, priced at $3000. It will be hanging at Zion Human History Museum together with several other plein air paintings that I will produce during this week-long event.

Each artist gives a live public painting demo – mine will be on Tuesday, Nov. 3rd at the back patio of the Zion Human Interest Museum, at 2 p.m. The opening gala, Friday, NOV. 6TH is by invitation only and the public art sale and exhibit is Saturday & Sunday, November 7 -8, from 9-5 p.m.

For complete schedules and details about the silent auction for artists’ demo pieces, lectures and quick finish painting sites, go to

Paint the PeninsulaMonday, October 12, 2015 by Steve Hill
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Morning Event
Morning Event
“Paint the Peninsula” invitational plein air event at Port Angeles, Washington, was a very rewarding experience in September. Incredible painting sites that encompassed all of Olympic National Park – from the ocean beaches to Hurricane Ridge, Sequim, Dungeness Spit and all the beautiful rivers like the Elwha and Sol Duc where I painted twice, just to name a few. The organizers had something special going for all of the artists every step of the way. . . from host housing to dinners out almost every night, plus a great opening reception at the Port Angeles Fine Arts Center culminating the event.

Sol Duc Morning
Sol Duc Morning
I won 2 awards during the event. The first was the Dungeness Spit Wildlife Refuge Manager’s Award, selected by Jennifer Brown-Scott for “Morning Event”. The second, an honorable mention, came from Gil Dellinger, awards juror for the event, for my painting “Sol Duc Morning” painted on that same river.
Being invited to paint in a field of very accomplished artists is both rewarding and challenging, as I feel my ever-steeper learning curve benefits a great deal from that kind of camaraderie and exposure.

I am embarking on a whole new series this winter in my studio, using the oil painting medium, with water as a theme, so the river “painting practice” en plein air this past summer has been just great!

2015 Paint the Peninsula eventSunday, September 06, 2015 by Steve Hill
Filed under: Exhibits and Events
Do The Ocean Motion With Me
Do The Ocean Motion With Me
I am one of 27 artists selected nationally to participate in the 3rd annual “Paint the Peninsula” juried competition at Port Angeles, Washington, September 7-13. We will all be painting within the Olympic National Park, as well as areas around Port Angeles and Sequim with a special exhibit at the Port Angeles Fine Art Center where we each submit 4 paintings to be juried. The invited artists are coming from all over the U.S. and Canada to paint and compete for awards – wish me luck!

The painting here “Do the Ocean Motion with Me” (sorry, couldn’t resist the title from an old rock hit lyric “Locomotion” ) was done in early August at Rialto Beach on the Washington coast, as a practice run for this event. Moving water is always a challenge, and this one was no exception.

Asian Market - Flusing, NY
Asian Market - Flusing, NY
Labor Day Weekend . . . 28 studios, 41 artists!
I am ready - with well over 200 original works in pastel & oils and plus selected works from “life drawing” sessions on display and for sale at our home/gallery from my plein air painting and travel adventures all over the U.S. and Europe!! Many new Lopez Island pieces will be featured alongside works from 9 European countries, Zion National Park, California, Oregon, Idaho and back east.

Field at Red Tail Lane
Field at Red Tail Lane
We are doing our very popular “reduced-price unframed originals (both pastels and oils) again this year, as an economical way to add an original work of art to your collection and now have @ 50 ready to go for the studio tour. The concept is quite simple - I don’t have to add another frame cost and labor to my inventory, and you can pick your own to match the piece and your personal taste. Most pastels can be framed for @ $150, with Tru Vue museum glass, a nice matt or extra wide molding. For example (using round numbers here) a framed original priced at say $1000 can be purchased for $500 - $600, unframed. When you add the $150 to frame the piece – well, you do the math. Oils can be framed for even less!

We provide complete framing instructions that you can take to your favorite shop. Hint: Michael’s , Aaron Bros., and others are always putting up sales at 50% off if you just watch. Unframed originals are totally protected in special foam core hinged- mats, secured with glassine and carefully wrapped to deliver to your framer.

We still offer free, insured shipping within the continental U.S., on any originals (framed or unframed) sold from our gallery. This will be a very good year to see lots of my latest works - and enjoy the live painting demos I have planned just for the studio tour. Hope to see you Labor Day Weekend!

783 Port Stanley Rd.
Lopez Island, Wa

Saturday, Sept. 5, 9-5 and Sunday, Sept. 6, 9-4.

The 22nd Annual Carmel Art Festival (May 14-17) -provided a great venue for painting along Big Sur and around Carmel, plus an excellent exhibit featuring the 60 artists juried into this year’s event.

One of my pieces “Rockfish” painted en plein air near Soberanes Point along the Big Sur coastline line sold at the festival. I have also delivered 4 new pieces done during the same week to New Masters Gallery in Carmel, where my art work is now represented.

“New Day, Carmel River Estuary” and “Carmel Valley Sentinel”, (the old barn at Garland State Park, a former working ranch in Carmel Valley) are two that are pictured here. Hope you enjoy and can see these pieces up close at New Masters Gallery, on Dolores between Ocean and 7th. I am a new artist at this gallery and proud to exhibit among some of the finest painters in America.

Two exciting announcements!Friday, April 10, 2015 by Steve Hill
Filed under: Exhibits and Events
Hauled Out at Rascice Harbor
Hauled Out at Rascice Harbor
My art work has just been accepted into New Masters Gallery in Carmel, California and I just shipped six original pastels to the gallery, representing my plein air work from California, Oregon and Croatia!

In business for 41 years, New Masters Gallery has gained a top professional reputation as one of the finest galleries in California, representing a diverse selection of very accomplished artists from all over the U.S. The gallery is located on Dolores between Ocean Ave & 7th. "Hauled out at Rascice, Croatia" is one of my paintings at the gallery

I am also very pleased to have been juried into the 22nd Annual Carmel Art Festival May 14-17, where I will again be painting among 60 artists from all around the U.S. and Canada, at some very spectacular sites, including Carmel, Monterey, Point Lobos and Big Sur. See the schedule of events and how to do absentee bidding on-line, if you can’t make the festival.

I’ll take any and all good luck wishes for doing my best work there, especially with this particular crowd! Hope to see many of you at this year’s festival!

I am very pleased to announce my new gallery affiliation with Silver Queen Fine Art Gallery in Park City, Utah, and am very excited to have my work included in their beautiful art gallery . . . just in time for the Sundance Film Festival!

I will be showing pieces from my urban series of paintings, which include scenarios and scenes from our past painting trips (since 2004) all over Europe and the U.S. Some are done “en plein air” and others at my own Lopez Island studio, from reference sketches/photos taken as we have traveled.

Do stop by their gallery whenever you are anywhere near Park City and see the stunning and eclectic array of artwork on display. Be sure to properly greet Midas the Cat, royal gallery denizen and art critic, as you walk through the exhibit.

The gallery is located at: 577 Old Main St., Park City, Utah

Thank you and Happy HolidaysThursday, December 11, 2014 by Steve Hill
Filed under: Exhibits and Events
A big thank you to the large crowd at our opening reception last Saturday night for “Croatia through Lopezian Artists’ Eyes” at the Lopez Community Center for the Arts! The exhibit hangs through January 5, 2015 and is a great opportunity to see artwork done entirely on site (en plein air) by Ralph Bladt, Anne Whirledge Karp and myself, while we were in Croatia this past September.

I’d also like to take this opportunity to announce my next overseas art workshops and wish everyone a Happy Holiday Season.
It’s never too early to start planning for an art workshop that require overseas travel and these are both just over 18 months away!

Europe in 2016
Island of Korcula, Croatia - June 5-14. Limited to 12 attendees (both artist and non artists). for full description and to register. All skill levels and mediums welcome, including pastel & oils (my live demo mediums), acrylics, watercolor and drawing. This will be my third workshop there!

Bruges, Belgium – June 30-July 7. Maximum 12 students, all skill levels and mediums encouraged (I will be doing most of my live demos in pastel and oils). for complete details and to register.

Both workshops in Europe will be spent painting outdoors, with emphasis on simplifying subject matter and making paintings that respond quickly to any subject. Daily live demos start each day with lots of help at each student’s easel during the entire workshop. Each day will end with very informative problem solving critique sessions and reviews of student work. Expect to come away with a whole new vocabulary in painting and a fabulous, fun experience. Gourmet food, touring to spectacular painting sites and lots of extra cultural experiences are major parts in each workshop!!

I am also teaching again in 2015 at Dakota Art Center, Mt. Vernon, WA, beginning this spring

March 21/22 & 28/29 Introduction to Pastels – 2 weekends, half days

June 25-27 Introduction to Plein Air Pastels (3 full days)
Please visit their web site: for complete details. These are both pastel only workshops!

Croatia through Lopezian Artists' EyesSaturday, December 06, 2014 by Steve Hill
Filed under: Exhibits and Events
Harbor In The Evening
Harbor In The Evening
Tonight, Saturday, December 6, is the opening reception of a special exhibit "Croatia through Lopezian Artists' Eyes" at the Lopez Community Center for the Arts, from 5-7 p.m.

Ralph Bladt, Anne Whirledge - Karp and I have all been busy preparing for this show, having just returned from sunny, warm, Croatia just a little over 2 months ago. I will have pieces from my live instructional demos from the art workshop at Korcula Island, as well as some other Croatia paintings.

We are all excited to be showing our works together, plus sharing a slide show of our trip. We had a fantastic time painting, learning and eating wonderful foods as we travelled from Dubrovnik to Korcula Island and back last September. The show hangs until January 5th.

Hope to see you at the reception!

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.

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