The water colors of Harriet Priska are sold here at Serenidad Gallery located in Escalante, Utah on Scenic Highway 12 at 170 South 100 West, Escalante, Utah.
Harriet Young Washburn Priska July 28, 1943
Harriet recalls drawing on the sidewalk when she was about five with 3 pieces of chalk and realizing that if one spits on
the colors they can be mixed into other colors! Harriet experimented with many media over the years, and received a minor in Art from the University of Wyoming in 1965 along with Bachelors in Anthology and Education in 1966.
In the late 1970’s her mother, Winnie Washburn, introduced Harriet to Elizabeth Uttinger in San Francisco and she studied with the Swiss china painting teacher for 5 years. Harriet continued to paint on various forms and shapes of china for a total of 33 years. She became well known for the miniature art of painting on porcelain button blanks that were used in competitions by American Button Collectors and was featured in a book about Studio Button Artists.
When Harriet and her husband Philip moved to Escalante, Utah from Menlo Park, California in 1991, her work took a new turn as she began to portray the 360 degrees of wrap around scenery of southern Utah.
She painted contiguous landscapes on 12” classic shaped porcelain vases, and homes, barns and scenery on tiles and plates. The Priskas opened Serenidad Gallery on Main Street in 1993, and Harriet sold her work there for the next 23 years.
In 2003, Harriet became one of the founders of the Everett Ruess Days Art Festival and was the manager for the first 3 years. Now known as the Escalante Canyons Art Festival, this successful event draws about 100 Plein Air artists to the area each September. Harriet participates each year, first painting on porcelain and now in watercolors.
In 2010, with her husband’s encouragement she began to explore painting with watercolors. At the same time, Harriet was working on getting Escalante designated a National Historic District in 2013. She was interested in portraying the old homes and barns first on china and then with watercolors. She was the featured artist for the 2017 Escalante Canyons Art Festival.
Now Harriet “Paints the Town!” Her fourth calendar for 2019 will be available July of 2018. Additionally, she has a line of greeting cards with some of her recent paintings of the historic homes available for sale. Please contact her to find out what is in print.
435-826-4720. Harriet is available to do commission work and welcomes the opportunity to turn back the clock and recall the memories of family homes that were so lovingly created and cared for in this challenging remote part of South Central Utah. The gallery also offers a small range of western antiques, older Navajo jewelry plus local petrified wood and Utah rocks such as Moqui Marbles.
Harriet also teaches the course “Drawing from the Right Side of the Brain.”
Also featuring Western antiques, Navajo jewelry and rugs, plus Utah Rocks including petrified wood and Moqui marbles
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