The Escalante Canyons Art Festival celebrates the life and work of artist Everett Ruess, who disappeared in the rugged Escalante canyons in November 1934. The enigmatic young artist was inspired by the dramatic western landscape, and forged friendships with fellow nature artists and photographers Maynard Dixon, Ansel Adams, and Dorthea Lange. Escalante Canyons Art Festival is a “working arts festival” supported by local non-profits Envision Escalante and the Escalante Canyons Group for Arts and Humanities.  Learn more about the Escalante Canyons Art Festival by visiting this link.

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The festival celebrates not only Ruess and the arts, but also the creative inspiration provided by Bryce Canyon Country’s spectacular landscape. The annual event is held in September and features a plein air competition with cash prizes, crafts and fine art exhibits, lectures, films, workshops, walking tours, gallery open houses, and live poetry, music, and dance performances. More information about visiting or participating in the festival can be obtained here.