Everett Ruess Block Prints

Everett Ruess

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Escalante was one of the most remote towns in the U.S. when Everett Ruess arrived in November 1934. Riding in on a burro and leading another packed with his gear, the 20-year-old artist and poet from California had recently become captivated by the southern Utah red rock landscape. After a few days of bonding with the Escalante townspeople, Ruess headed out to Hole-in-the-Rock to “follow…the sweeping way of the wind.” He was last seen a week later about 50 miles

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Escalante: A Place for Art

An artist works on a watercolor study near Escalante, Utah

Escalante, Utah is a true “HEART“ of Bryce Canyon Country. Located on Scenic Byway 12 between Bryce Canyon and Capitol Reef National Parks, it’s easy to see what inspires the artists who live and visit here to set up their easels and capture the area’s natural beauty, or look to local Native American and pioneer history for inspiration. From a working arts festival to local galleries, Escalante is perhaps

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Escalante Canyons Art Festival

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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

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