Escalante Canyons Art Festival Announces Artist-In-Residence Winner
The Escalante Canyons Art Festival—Everett Ruess Days in cooperation with Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument is pleased to award the 2013 artist residency to Salt Lake City resident, Wayne Geary. As the artist-in-residence, Geary, who works in oil, acrylic, pastel, watercolor, and other mediums will be provided with accommodations and a $1000 stipend to spend four weeks painting in Escalante, Utah, and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument culminating with the tenth anniversary of Escalante Canyons Art Festival on September 27and 28.
One source of Geary’s inspiration, which caught the attention of the judges, is the intersection of geology and art. “This is not geology as a scientific abstraction,” says Geary, “but as a tangible, sensuous experience of the forms, colors, and textures of the earth. This is especially true of the endlessly varied canyon lands of Southern Utah and surrounding areas.”
Geary first traveled to the Escalante area in the 1970s. Since then, the landscapes of the Colorado Plateau, and in particular the canyons of the Escalante River, have drawn him back on a regular basis, becoming a main focus of his art. “I’m still amazed by the unique beauty of the region,” Geary says. “It provides an inexhaustible source of ideas and inspiration for my art.”
The Escalante Canyons Art Festival is a premier art, literary, and musical gathering held every September in Escalante, Utah, on Scenic Byway 12 in the heart of Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument. The festival is celebrating its tenth anniversary this year and its second artist-in-residence. The residency, open to all plein air artists through a competitive application process, will be a permanent part of future festivals.
The Escalante community is honored to host an artist of Geary’s talent and experience, who is also so closely connected to the region. While in Escalante, Geary plans to connect with community members by sharing his passion for the integration of science, place, and art through presentations, field trips, and workshops.
Also at this year’s festival, critically acclaimed nature, science, and adventure author, Craig Childs, will be speaking the first night of the festival, Friday, September 27. Geary and Childs will be joined by many talented artists, speakers, and musicians throughout the weekend.
All festival events are free and open to the public.