Showcasing area history  – Watercolorist exhibit at Fremont Indian State Park

Watercolor artist Harriet Priska is slated to discuss her work at the Fremont Indian State Park and Museum Thursday, March 7, from 1 to 4 p.m.

CLEAR CREEK CANYON — The work of an artist based in Escalante will be featured at the Fremont Indian State Park and Museum through the months of March, April and May.

Harriet Priska is known for her watercolor depictions of area history, said Amy Ramsland, museum curator. Her display at Sagebrush Art Gallery at Fremont Indian State Park is slated to begin Friday, March 1, and run though May 31. 

It will feature 27 paintings and seven ceramic pieces. 

“She has attempted to capture the energy expressed in rock art panels pecked into the volcanic tuff of Clear Creek Canyon,” Ramsland said. “She painted images both created by the Fremont who lived here 1,000 years ago, as well as those made by the Paiute Tribe who began migrating through this area about 1400 AD.”

When flecks of gold were found in the creeks south of Clear Creek Canyon in the 1860s Marysvale and Bullion were settled, which is also part of what Priska has portrayed in her work.

“Harriet has painted a sampling of the buildings that still stand in historic Marysvale and the flour mill in Osiris, south of Antimony,” Ramsland said. “She will also be exhibiting paintings reminiscent of the area she lives in, early Escalante and Boulder.” 

For more information, call the park at (435) 527-4631. Fremont Indian State Park and Museum is located in Clear Creek Canyon, 21 miles south of Richfield on Interstate 70, exit 17.

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