What’s up with the Red Rock Arts Festival?

Plein Air Moab has a new face this year as the first annual Red Rock Arts Festival. The weeklong festival runs Oct. 7 through 14, ending with a street fest Saturday, Oct. 14 from 12 to 9 p.m. on East 100 North. The street festival promises food trucks, family crafts, live music, a beer garden and art vendors.

The festival will offer more activities and more types of art than in previous years, said Liz Holland, special events assistant at the Moab Arts and Recreation Center (MARC).

“Basically we’re offering more,” Holland said. “ … it’s going to be way more workshops and more broad offerings of the type of art. It’s not just outdoor painting.”

There will still be outdoor painting, however.

Holland said that kids, families and beginners can try painting for themselves at two “Plein Air 4 U” events, one on Saturday, Oct. 7 in Moonflower Canyon and the other on Wednesday, Oct. 11 outside Moab Coffee Roasters. Artists will lead the event and supplies are provided.

There will also be three outdoor painting competitions at Moonflower Canyon, Castle Valley Winery and for the first time, Dead Horse Point State Park.

On Thursday, Oct. 12, “internationally acclaimed impermanent earth artist” Day Schildkret will lead a workshop on making morning altars, patterns and designs that he builds with materials scavenged and foraged from nature, according to the Red Rock Arts Festival website.

For more information and an event schedule, see the Red Rock Arts Festival website at www.redrockartsfestival.com.

ByBy Rose Egelhoff

The Times-Independent