Special Exhibit: The Kolob Society


The Kolob Society is an informal group of plein air painters who meet on Thursday afternoons and Sunday mornings to go out and paint on location. Plein Air is a French term which means “in the open air” and is commonly used to describe painting outdoors.

The group was formed in June 2011 through Artisans Art Gallery, and started out with just a few members, but now number over 160 artists. All artists are welcome to join the Society, and they can use any medium. The Kolob Society have artists at different skill levels, from beginner to professional, who use a variety of mediums, including oils, watercolor, pastels, pencil, photography, and more.

After the paintings are completed, the group usually gathers to talk about the work, offer critiques, suggestions, and encouragement. “One of the the great benefits of painting with a group is seeing the different vision of each artist” says Society member Mona Woolsey. “Sometimes you would never guess that we were all painting in the same location as the results are so varied. The magnificent panorama of Southern Utah provides immense sources of inspiration for our members.”

Kolob Terrace Afternoon (oil) by Mona Woolsey

Kolob Terrace Afternoon (oil) by Mona Woolsey

The artwork of the Kolob Society reflects their love of being artists, painting outdoors, and living in Southern Utah. The exhibit runs through June 26th.