Lopez artist earns top award at Zion National Park benefit

“Virgin River Guardian”, by Lopez Island artist Steven Hill.   - Contributed image/Steven Hill
“Virgin River Guardian”, by Lopez Island artist Steven Hill.
— image credit: Contributed image/Steven Hill

Lopez Island artist Steven Hill received one of the top purchase prizes, $1,600, in the 5th Annual Zion National Park Plein Air Painting Invitational, Nov. 8, for his painting “Virgin River Guardian” which was done en Plein air at Zion National Park.

The week-long event, entitled “In the Footsteps of Thomas Moran”, featured 24 nationally recognized artists from around the U.S. that were invited to participate.

The paintings generated more than $140,000 in sales in two days, with 40 percent of the proceeds donated to support various programs at Zion National Park.


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