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Utah Watercolor Society announces a Call for Artists to participate in the 4th Annual “Arts and the Park: Light on the Reef” Watercolor Plein Air Event

Dates: May 30 – June 4, 2017
Location: Capitol Reef National Park, Torrey, UT

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

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 Torrey, UT in this competition designed to test the skills, patience and fortitude of the artists. Rain or shine, 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 and to register for this event. Contact Maura Naughton ( with questions or for additional information.

The Utah Watercolor Society was founded on December 30, 1974 and operates as a non-profit 501(c)3 corporation. The purpose of the society is to advance the art of painting in watercolors. The society holds yearly exhibitions of watercolor paintings (watercolors defined as paintings in transparent and/or opaque water media or unvarnished water-soluble media on paper), and also provides several workshop opportunities each year for members and non-members. Monthly member meetings are held on the first Tuesday of each month (except July and August) at 7:00pm at the Sons of the Utah Pioneers building in Salt Lake City, UT. All meetings are open to the general public. Utah residency is required for membership.

The Utah Watercolor Society is funded, in part, by the residents of Salt Lake County through the Zoo, Arts & Parks (ZAP) program. Your support matters. Thank you!

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Application Deadline: July 1, 2017 at midnight. To apply, please go to

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