Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Best of Show Award at Southern Utah Watercolor Society Fall Exhibit

Cliffs on Fire Best of Show at the So Utah Watercolor Society Juried Show 2008 on exhibit at the Zion's Bank Staircase gallery in St. George
I was fortunate to receive the Best of Show Award at the Southern Utah Watercolor Society Fall Juried Art Show. The exhibit runs through October 10, 2008 at the Zion's Bank Staircase Gallery in St. George. My painting "Cliffs on Fire" received the award, and the same painting was recently juried into the prestigious Springville Museum of Art Spring Salon.

Sunday, August 24, 2008

My Newest Work of Art - A Masterpiece!

I thought I'd show you all my latest artistic creation. During the Zion Centennial Art Show festivities Nellie was noticeably absent. She was home watching our grandkids while Jon and Jolynn were over at Dixie Medical Center ushering our newest grandson into the world. His name is Dallin James Lee and he's grandchild number 18 for us. I said he was named after Cyrus Dallin the great sculptor, and someone else said no, he's named after Dallin Oaks. But I think they just liked the name Dallin. We've enjoyed a very busy couple of days as we had Jon and the grandkids all staying with us. Jolynn and Dallin are doing great. They're both a little tired and so are we. This afternoon they went back to their home in Annabella Utah.

Saturday, August 23, 2008

$30,000 in Purchase Awards Given at Opening Night of "A Century of Sanctuary" Art Exhibit

Roland Lee with painting of West Temple owned by Zion Natural History Association on exhibit at A Century of Sanctuary Zion Centennial Art Show

Roland Lee in front of his painting "West Temple" which is in the permanent collection of the Zion Natural History Association.

Hundreds of art lovers showed up at the Artist's Reception and awards ceremony last night for the Zion Centennial "Century of Sanctuary" art exhibit at the St. George Art Museum. 15 awards were given out including over $30,000.00 in purchase awards. Many of the artists travelled great distances to be here and spirits were high. We were pleased at the results. A really interesting Art Symposium was held today and I was invited to make a presentation on my 30 years of painting Zion National Park. Monday the exhibit opens to the public and will continue through January 2009.

Lyndi Harvey, Roland Lee, and Flavia Eckholm at the Century of Sanctuary Art Exhibit
Lyndi Harvey, Deputy Director of the National Park Service flew out from Washington DC to attend the exhibit. She poses with artists Roland Lee and Flavia Eckholm in front of Flavia's entry in the competition.

Some of the historic paintings on display at the Century of Sanctuary exhibit in St. George Utah

Thursday, August 21, 2008

A Century of Sanctuary Zion Centennial Art Exhibit - New Book Release Contains Essay and Paintings by Roland Lee

Book cover A Century of Sanctuary - the Art of Zion National Park containing the paintings of Roland Lee and Thomas Moran
I'm pleased to be included in the new book and catalog "A Century of Sanctuary - The Art of Zion National Park" which was released today in conjunction with the big Zion National Park Centennial Art Exhibit. The exhibit opens tomorrow night at the St. George Art Museum and will continue through January 2009. It contains a collection of paintings by such artists as Thomas Moran and Maynard Dixon.

I was asked to write an essay for the new book about my experiences painting in Zion National Park for the past 30 years. It's a true honor to be included in a book of this magnitude with my paintings along side those of Thomas Moran and Maynard Dixon.

A Century of Sanctuary - the Art of Zion National Park containing the paintings of Roland Lee and Thomas Moran

A Century of Sanctuary - the Art of Zion National Park containing the paintings of Roland Lee and Thomas Moran

The book A Century of Sanctuary is available through the museum or online at Zion National Park.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Art Collectors Visit Roland Lee Studio

the Midgleys at the Roland Lee Art Studio

I had a nice visit today at the studio from art collectors Brenda and Keith Midgley. They purchased a giclee print of my watercolor painting "5 Minutes of Fame" which is currently touring the nation with the Paint The Parks Top 100 exhibit. The Midgleys saw the original while it was on exhibit at the Kolb Gallery at Grand Canyon National Park.

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

A Century of Sanctuary - The Art of Zion National Park Exhibit

Erica Cottam, Deborah Reeder and Lyman Hafen unwrap the Thomas Moran painting - The Rio virgin Southern Utah, 1917
White glove time! Erica Cottam and Deborah Reeder from the St. George Art Museum carefully unwrap an original Thomas Moran painting while Zion Natural History Director Lyman Hafen looks on.

As a member of the board of Directors of the Zion National History Association we are excited about the fantastic art exhibit which is opening this weekend in St. George, Utah. The show has been in the planning stages for over two years and is the kick-off event for Zion National Park's 100 Year anniversary celebration.

The upper level of the art museum will include about 70 historical paintings spanning the period from the late 1800's through the 1900's. The lower level includes paintings by contemporary artists selected by juror Peter Hassrick from over 600 paintings entered in a worldwide competition. Over $30,000.00 in purchase awards will be given out in a special ceremony this Friday night, with the exhibit opening to the public Monday August 25, 2008.

Thomas Moran painting 1917 The rio Virgin Southern UtahNot only does this exhibit include an exciting variety of images from today's best painters, but the show features original paintings and prints from such luminaries as Thomas Moran, Maynard Dixon, Ansel Adams and others. This will certainly be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

Click here for more information about "A Century of Sanctuary - The Art of Zion National Park."

Monday, August 11, 2008

GPS Leads Hawaiian Family to My Studio

The Kimokeo family from Hawaii visit Roland Lee Art Gallery

Kimo and Norma Kimokeo visited my studio today along with their daughters Kehau and Bethany. They were visiting Utah from Kaneohe, Hawaii, where Kimo is a well-known musician and performer. When I asked how they found me they said they just looked up "Interesting things to see in St. George, Utah" on their GPS and it directed them to my gallery. I had no idea a GPS could do that. It's amazing what modern technology can do. We had a nice studio visit and they got to see my latest painting of Scotney Castle Tower in progress. They were excited to be the first people in the world to get a glimpse of it. Everyone else will get to see it in a few days too!

Saturday, August 09, 2008

Paintings of England

painting of High Branthwaite in the Yorkshire DalesI've begun working on my new paintings of England and have so many ideas I don't know where to start. So I started small, with these two paintings of the Howgill Fells area of Cumbria in the Yorkshire Dales. Our good friends the Hartleys own a lovely country home just a mile from Sedbergh and have welcomed us there several times. Their daughter Geraldine will be married there this month, and there's not a picture of Howgill Fells Cumbria Yorkshire Dalesprettier setting in all the world. The old stone barn in the painting has been converted into guest quarters and an art studio for Barbara Hartley, a fantastic artist in her own right.

Zion Painting Workshop Scheduled for September


Utah artist roland Lee painting in Zion National ParkI have been invited by the Southern Utah Watercolor Society to teach a 3-day watercolor landscape workshop in St. George September 22-24, 2008. We will have two days of indoor instruction and the third day we will travel to Zion National Park to sketch and explore the park, followed by a visit to the St. George Art Museum where we will enjoy the new "Century of Sanctuary: Art of Zion National Park" exhibit. You will see the 78 pieces juried into the Centennial art competition, plus over 70 historic Zion paintings by such masters as Thomas Moran and Maynard Dixon. So join us for three days of fun learning how to paint the red rock country of southern Utah. The tuition for members of SUWS is $100, and $150 for nonmembers. Contact SUWS president Dick Rose to reserve your spot: (435) 635-4722. The workshop is imited to 20 people.


Roland Lee watercolor landscape painting workshopOnly 8 students can register for this intimate watercolor workshop. It is sponsored by Becky Whitney at "A Passion for Painting" Art gallery and cost is $150 per person. Sign up now by calling: (435) 628-5890.

check out all my fall painting classes on my website.