Summer is rapidly waning, but artists are still out there feverishly painting “en” the fresh, plein air.
The Brigham City Museum of Art and History’s recent Utah Plein Air Competition gave artists of all ages 10 days to select sites statewide, create artworks and submit them in the painting and drawing category or in photography. These will be on display through Oct. 10 and admission is free. Hours are Tuesday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. A public reception for the artists is Oct. 10 at 4 p.m. in the museum, 24 N. 300 West. Information : 435-226-1439 or www.brighamcitymuseum.org
Juror for the competition was Woody Shepherd, assistant professor of painting and drawing at Utah State University, who holds an MFA from Yale in painting and printmaking.
In the painting category, he selected Trent Gudmundsen from Preston, Idaho, for a first-place award; Allen Brockbank, Centerville, second place; and Jami Willson, Liberty, third place. In photography, the winners are Sandra Todd, Wellsville, first; 12-year-old Haley Parsons, also of Wellsville and one of the youngest participants, second place; and Michael Goates, Brigham City, third place.
Bountiful Davis Art Center, 90 N. Main St., hosted its first Plein Air competition in conjunction with that city’s Main Street Music, Arts & Crafts Festival on Sept. 12 and plans to make it an annual event. Zions Bank provided a first-place prize of $800 to Steven Stauffer; a $500 second-place prize to David Dibble and a third-place prize of $300 to Allen Brockbank. There were a number of Honorable mentions: Robert McKay; Dennis Millard; Jami Wilson; Brooke Bowen; and Ruth Buckmiller all received nods. Works are on display in the underground gallery through Oct. 24 and bid sheets for potential buyers are posted for the duration of the exhibition. Hours are Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Information: 801-295-3618 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Emma Dugal, BDAC executive director, says the plein air competition is something they have wanted to do for a number of years. Twenty artists participated and they now have 41 works on display. “It’s just such a great way to engage artists and also the community. . . I was so impressed with the dedication of the artists who came out – some of them did five paintings – and with how excited they were to share what they were doing with people who stopped by to talk with them on Main Street. It was a great experience for everybody.”
The Escalante Canyons Art Festival, part of Everett Ruess Days, boasts a Plein Air Painting Competition as well, allowing artists six full days to work. Canvas stamping at the Escalante Community Center begins Friday, Sept. 18, and final paintings must be submitted there on Thursday, Sept. 24, between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. Rules are at http://escalantecanyonsartfestival.org/2015-ECAF-Rules-and-Guidelines.pdf
So, if you hurry, there’s still time to get out that easel and head for the hills.