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4th Annual “Arts and the Park: Light on the Reef” Watercolor Plein Air Event

Utah Watercolor Society Announces the 4th Annual “Arts and the Park: Light on the Reef” Watercolor Plein Air Event
In collaboration with Entrada Institute and Capitol Reef National Park
Dates: May 30 – June 4, 2017 Location: Capitol Reef National Park and Wayne County

In our fourth year of partnership with the Entrada Institute in Torrey, UT (Wayne County) and Capitol Reef National Park, the Utah Watercolor Society and Entrada Institute are hosting a plein air competition in Wayne County, including Capitol Reef National Park. Plein air painting is defined as “painting outdoors” and “painting of the object(s) or what the eye actually sees,” though not necessarily in a representational style.

“With the mission of Utah Watercolor Society to further the art of water media, the partnership with the Entrada Institute and Capitol Reef National Park in Wayne County was a natural fit.” said Utah Watercolor Society President, Ann Galt.
French impressionist painters such as Claude Monet, Camille Pissarro, and Pierre-Auguste Renoir created much of their work en plein air, though many other artists from many schools of thought and various time periods have done the same.
Now, with a contemporary feel, watercolor artists gather together at the Entrada Institute each summer to paint the beautiful nature and interesting architecture found in Capitol Reef National Park and Wayne County, UT in this competition designed to test the skills, patience and fortitude of the artists. Rain or shine, bugs or no bugs, artists have only three days to create their painting(s). Up to three paintings are then framed and exhibited for competition awards and auction, with 50% of any sold work donated to the Entrada Institute, a non-profit corporation dedicated to serving as an arts and educational center to further public understanding and appreciation of the arts, and the natural, historical, and traditional cultural heritage of the high desert Colorado Plateau, and to foster community-based economic development in Wayne County, Utah and the surrounding region.

The Arts and the Park: Light on the Reef plein air competition offers awards for Small Works (11” x 14” or smaller) and Large Works (11” x 15” up to 15” x 22”).
This year, special guest artist Suze Woolf will be judging the plein air competition.
Click here for details. Contact Maura Naughton (jimmaurab@aol.com) with questions or for additional information.

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