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June 6th and 7th, 2014

“Arts and the Park” is a new partnership presented by the Entrada Institute, Inc., in partnership with Capitol Reef National Park, Capitol Reef Natural History Association, Gallery 24, Robbers Roost, The Torrey Gallery, Torrey Town, Utah Travel Council, Utah Water Color Society; and many other youth arts education sponsors including Donna Pence of BTSLAP, artsFUSION of Southern Utah University, the Drachen Institute, and Crayola.  Arts and the Park “Light on Reef” is intended to be an experiential plein air event for the whole family; it celebrates first steps into arts education and natural sciences while celebrating life-long learning and the creative spirit of the people and the place that is the Colorado Plateau.

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The Arts and the Park, Light on the Reef program honors the life and work of V. Douglas Snow, for his profound impact in expressing a sense of place through both the abstract landscapes he painted of Utah, the West and Southwest; and for his living legacy as an educator.  The Torrey Gallery will be featuring a small collection of his works, providing a rare opportunity for many to experience the enduring beauty of his work, dating from 1950’s until 2009.  Susan Snow and Frank McEntire, former executive director of the Utah Arts Council and editor of Final Light, The Life and Art of V. Douglas Snow will be joining Leah McGinnis, Superintendent of Capitol Reef National Park; and members of the Entrada Institute Board for two full days of “Arts and the Park” on June 6, and 7 culminating in youth and adult exhibitions, awards, and a silent auction of those works to benefit continued local arts programming.

“What I’m most excited about is the opportunity for local youth and their entire families to participate, said Susan Snow.”  The program features a plein air of 30 members of the Utah Water Color Society and experiential arts in the Park for youth in photography, sketching, and painting the scenery while observing and identifying plants, animals and geologic formations.    Those not pre-registered for activities can still join in the following activities with their teens and younger children:


  • Guided Park Service Hike from Ripple Rock Nature Center and Photography Workshop in Capitol Reef National Park from 10:00 A.M. – 12:30 P.M.  Participants between ages 12-18 are welcome.  The morning will begin with an introduction to photographic composition and some background about the Park itself. On the hike, students will photograph and sketch the scenery while identifying plants, animals, and formations they see. Upon returning to Ripple Rock, students will print their photos to use as a resource for Saturday’s watercolor workshop. (Registration is required).
  • Kite Master’s Workshop at Ripple Rock Nature Center in Capitol Reef National Park from 2:00 – 4:30 P.M.  Participants will construct one kite each and are welcome to come and go as they please.  Kites will be held for display until Saturday evening and then be returned to the Kite Masters after the exhibition and awards ceremony to fly on the Entrada Institute grounds. This 2 ½ hour workshop welcomes future Kite Masters from ages 8-10, 11-15, and 16 – Adult to participate in three levels of challenge. The workshop will begin with some history of the origin of kites after which participants will then construct, decorate and display their kites. (No registration is required).


  • Watercolor and Writing Workshop 10:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M. (Noon) at Ripple Rock Nature Center enabling student participants to work from the imagery of Capitol Reef National Park, students will create their own original watercolor landscape collage. After brainstorming descriptive action words, students will use their own artwork as the inspiration for a brief narrative paragraph.  (Maximum 20 participants, Registration recommended).
  • Watercolor and Writing Workshop 1:00 – 3:00 P.M. at Ripple Rock Nature Center for participants of Friday’s Photography Workshop, ages 12-18.  This workshop will enable students to work from the landscape and imagery of Capitol Reef National Park; students will create their own original watercolor landscape. Young artists will be encouraged to use their own artwork as the inspiration for a brief narrative paragraph or poem.
  • Student Art Exhibition (Kites, Watercolors and Photography) 4:00 – 6:30 P.M.  Done in conjunction with the Farmer’s Market at Robber’s Roost.  Ribbons and prizes will be awarded to the 2014 winner’s at 5pm; light refreshments will be served.   Kite flying will take place afterwards on the Entrada Institute Grounds next door from 5:30 – 6:30 P.M.

The main event at the Robber’s Roost Book Store in Torrey will begin at 7:00 P.M. on Saturday.  The Capitol Reefer’s Band will entertain the crowd providing time to see and bid on the watercolor paintings created by participating plein air artists over the previous two days.  There will also be an opportunity to learn about art history in Capitol Reef National Park, the art and life of V. Douglas Snow and celebrate the judge’s announcements for the 2014 winners of the V. Douglas Snow Awards.

Tickets ($15 individual or $20 pair) are available at or at the door.  For more information call Marci Milligan at 801-509-1289.