Escalante presents its Seventh Annual Escalante Canyons Art Festival/Everett Ruess Days on September 24-25, in venues at or near the Escalante City Center, 100 West between Main and 100 North. Registration and painting for the Plein Air Competion will be 9/19-23. This year's Featured Local Artist is J. Howard Hutchison, multi-media artist from Escalante. Keynote Speaker for 2010 will be James Aton, English Professor at Southern Utah University, whose topic will be "John Wesley Powell: Exploring Escalante and Beyond". Speakers' presentations begin on Thursday evening. Other Festival activities for the public will begin at 9:00 a.m. on Friday and Saturday. They include a variety of Speakers, Vendors, Entertanment, Demonstrations/Workshops, the Art Show, Auctions, Food, Fun and the Gala. Escalante is located on Utah's All-American Scenic Byway 12, midway between Bryce Canyon and Capitol Reef National Parks. Surrounded by the Dixie National Forest and the Grand-Staircase Escalante National Monument, Escalante abounds in natural Fall spectacular beauty and the town's pioneer heritage is evident throughout the community. Being a small, rural town, accomodations are limited, so, early reservations are suggested. Detailed information and applications for artists, vendors and donars is available on the website: