Roland Lee plein air Painting of “Patriarch Falls at “Court of the Patriarchs” in Zion National Park
“Patriarch Falls” plein air painting at Zion National Park by Roland Lee

Huge crowds turned out to enjoy beautiful fall weather in the canyons at the Zion National Park Plein Air Art event last week. The 24 invited artists painted from dawn to dusk, did live demonstrations, and participated in “Quick finish” paintouts all week long. The week concluded with a “wet paint” sale of framed finished paintings in the Zion Nature Center. I was fortunate to sell most of my plein air paintings completed during the week, as well as four studio paintings exhibited concurrently at the Zion Human History Museum Art Show. Wow, it was exhausting but fun for the artists and the collectors.

Some people call this work! Painting in Pine Creek.

I had over 100 people show up for my watercolor painting demonstration on Tuesday afternoon. The demonstration painting was sold later at a silent auction event.

Over 100 people watched as I painted this painting. Each artist had about an hour to complete a painting, so it was pretty intense. It was purchased by Pam Frazier
Roland Lee works on his demonstration painting at the Zion Plein Air Festival
About 120 people watched at the Zion Human History Museum as artist roland Lee did a demonstration plein air watercolor painting

I am grateful to the many collectors who chose to purchase paintings during the week. 40% of all the sales went directly to the Zion National Park Foundation Youth Initiative Program which helps bring disadvantaged kids into the park. Several school groups were in the park during the week to watch the demos and experience the beauty of the land.

Former Zion National Park Superintendent Jock Whitworth has been a huge supporter of the event and has purchased many paintings
John Colosimo from Houston purchase my Saturday “Quick  Finish” painting
The Uhlingers from Monterey have attended the show for several years and again purchased one of my paintings

Jamie Coughtry from Ls Vegas purchased “Late in the Day” a plein air piece

Stanley Mogelson and Patti Riley from Florida purchased a painting of Court of the Patriarchs

Author Pam Frazier and her husband John from Sedona Arizona bought my demonstration painting “Somebody’s Watching”
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